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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture of strength that encourages the strap owner to hold out and bear the cold weather for just a little longer, for Summer is just around the corner (actually, no, Summers a long ways off). In any case, Yotsubas cutesy appearance is bound to keep fans moods evergreen all year round, those fickle things we call weather and season be damned.

Summer-themed Yotsuba& cell phone strap mascots coming out in Winter


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/summer-themed-yotsuba-cell-phonestrap-mascots-winter/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013

Kaiyodos Yotsuba& strap mascots will go on sale in Japan starting February 15, for the price of 500 yen per box, or 6,000 yen for a case of 12 boxes. Five designs are available, but which of the five you get from a single box is completely random. Natsu Matsuri ()

Revoltech maker Kaiyodo must have missed the note about February being a Winter month in Japan. For the company is planning to release in February a set of five character straps themed after Kiyohhiko Azumas (Azumanga Daioh) manga series Yotsuba&, depicting protagonist Yotsuba Koiwai in all manners of apparels worn during Summer. Or maybe thats their strategy all along, to strike while the iron is hot the weather is still cold: Maybe fans of the comedy and slice-of-life manga are more likely to buy these Summerthemed Yotsuba& straps in Winter, so that it may serve as a portable source of warmth in the blistering cold. A pillar
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Free Nanoha poster from Comiket 83 gets sold for $316


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/free-nanoha-poster-comiket-83sold-316/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013

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In this day and age, a Warashibe Choja-esque (Straw Millionaire) episode where a peasant makes a series of trades, starting with a piece of straw, to eventually becoming wealthy would be deemed unimaginable. But the events in this Japanese folk tale unexpectedly came to pass in a modern day setting at the Comiket 83 this past weekend. This time, of course, the trade did not start with a straw stalk, and there werent too many successive trades. It started with a blood donation instead. Cicada Style () As most of you are aware, otakus that frequent the Comiket at the Tokyo Big Sight would do anything to possess the
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rarest of items. That would include paying a high sum of money for a limited edition poster which can be obtained for free. At the event, the Japanese Red Cross Society held a blood donation drive where they offered a free poster in exchange for a 400 ml of blood. The prints featured characters from Minato Soft, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, AQUAPLUS and Overdrive.

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Flow gets busy this 2013 with an album, a single and a nationwide tour
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/flow-busy-2013-album-singlenationwide-tour/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013

It will be a busy year for Flow, the J-rock band known for performing theme songs for popular anime titles (including Naruto, Code Geass and Eureka Seven), as they launch an album and a single this coming March. Aside from the new releases, their nationwide tour will commence in April. Only 3000 posters were given by the organization. So the disappointed otakus who failed at getting the Nanoha poster saw their chance at obtaining it in an online auction. The bid closed at an overwhelming price of 27,500 JPY (316 USD). The details of the album and single havent been revealed entirely, but the exact dates of both releases were already announced. The double A-side single is slated for a March 20 release. It includes a new track plus Flows rendition of CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA (the theme song for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie). On the other hand, Flows 8th album, FLOW THE MAX!!!, will launch on the 27th on the same month. FLOW LIVE TOUR 2013: Tour THE MAX!!! is a twopart nationwide tour: LAST MAX!!! and MAX!!! no Mukou Gawa. Tickets for the first part of the tour can be reserved through the bands official website starting January 24. The nationwide tour has 48 shows all in all. Below are the tour dates and venues: FLOW LIVE TOUR 2013: Tour THE MAX!!! ~LAST MAX!!! ~ Chiba: April 12 at Chiba LOOK Gunma: April 20 at Takasaki club FLEEZ Kanagawa: April 21 at F.A.D YOKOHAMA So if you want to become a modern age Warashibe Choja, trade your blood for a free limited edition poster at the next Comiket (if theyre doing it again) and start your own Straw Millionaire legend from there. Ibaraki: April 26 at Mito Lighthouse Hokkaido: April 29 at Sapporo cube garden Aomori: May 1 at Aomori Quarter
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Iwate: May 3 at Morioka Club ChangeWAVE Yamagata: May 4 at Yamagata Showa SESSION Tochigi: May 6 at HEAVENS ROCK Utsunomiya VJ-2 Osaka: May 11 at Shinsaibashi BIG CAT Aichi: May 12 at Nagoya Electric Lady Land Saitama: May 18 at HEAVENS ROCK Saitama Shintoshi VJ-3 Yamanashi: May 19 at Kofu KAZOO HALL Toyama: May 25 at Toyama MAIRO Nagano: May 26 at Nagano Live House J Kyoto: May 28 at Kyoto MUSE Okayama: May 30 at Okayama IMAGE Fukuoka: June 1 at Fukuoka DRUM Be-1 Miyazaki: June 2 at Miyazaki SR-BOX Oita: June 4 at Oita DRUM Be-0 Ehime: June 6 at Matsuyama Salon Kitty Tokushima: June GRINDHOUSE 8th at Tokushima club

Chiba: September 7 at Maihama Amphitheater [UPDATE] Heres a preview of Flows version of CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA aired by Tokyo FM. Source: tokyohive and Crunchyroll

Banpresto holds Hunter x Hunter Scarlet Eyes figure lottery in promotion for the upcoming movie
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/banpresto-holds-hunter-hunterscarlet-eyes-figure-lottery-promotion-upcoming-movie/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013

Hyogo: June 9 at Kobe VARIT Mie: June 11 at Matsuzaka MAXA Okinawa: June 22 at Ginowan HUMAN STAGE Tokyo: July 2 at LIQUIDROOM ebisu

FLOW LIVE TOUR: 2013 Tour THE MAX!!! ~MAX!!! no Mukou Gawa Miyagi: July 5 at Sendai CLUB JUNK BOX Akita: July 7 at Akita LIVE SPOT 2000 Fukushima: July 9 at Koriyama CLUB9 Niigata: July 10 at Niigata GOLDEN PIGS RED STAGE Ishikawa: July 12 at Kanazawa vanvan V4 Gifu: July 13 at Gifu Club-G Wakayama: July 15 at Wakayama GATE Tottori: July 17 at Yonego AZTiC laughs Shimane: July 18 at Matsue AZTiC canova Kochi: July 20 at Kochi X-pt. Kagawa: July 21 at Takamatsu DIME Yamaguchi: July 23 at Shunan TIKI-TA Nagasaki: July 25 at Nagasaki DRUM Be-7 Kumamoto: July 27 at Kumamoto DRUM Be-9 V2 Kagoshima: July 28 at Kagoshima SR HALL Saga: July 30 at Saga GEILS Hiroshima: August 1 at Hiroshima Namiki Junction Nara: August 3 at Nara Neverland Shiga: August 4 at Shiga U-STONE Fukui: August 6 at Fukui CHOP Shizuoka: August 7 at Live House Hamamatsu Madowaku
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Ichiban Kuji, a lottery by the Japanese toy company Banpresto, is now increasing the excitement of Hunter x Hunter fans as they begin this months lottery. The major prize is a Kurapika Scarlet Eyes figure which is related to the main plot device of the upcoming Hunter x Hunter Phantom Rouge movie. Lottery tickets can be bought at 7-Eleven convenience stores for 500 JPY (5.75 USD). Here are the prizes of the lottery: Prize A

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Prize B

Last Chance Prize: Prize C

Second Change Prize

Prize D

Prize E

On Hunter Rouge

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Phantom Rouge follows the story of Kurapikas revenge on the Phantom Troupe, a Class-A crime group that killed the people of his clan for their unique eyesthe scarlet eyes. The eyes of the fallen Kurta clan are considered one of the worlds most beautiful treasures. Whenever a person of the Kurta clan becomes agitated or angry, his eyes turn scarlet.
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As Kurapika continues his search for the Phantom Troupe, an unknown group steals his scarlet eyes. Killua, Leorio and Gon come to Kurapikas rescue, saving his life. Unfortunately, they were hindered by the Phantom Troupe. In this movie, the real identity of the person with the 4 spider tattoo will be revealed. Hunter x Hunter Phantom Rouge is directed by Yuzo Sato, with the script written by Shoji Yonemura. The chief animation directors include Satoshi Tasaki, Takahiro Umehara and Haruhito Takada. Sources: Crunchyroll and MyAnimeList

Zippo lighters: Featuring Studio Ghibli films


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/zippo-lighters-featuring-studioghibli-films/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013

Lo and behold! Studio Ghibli classics may be for the younger audiences but the renowned anime film studio has taken its merchandising strategies on a different level: having their anime feature films engraved on Zippo lighters. From old films to recent ones, a variety of designs are available online. Now, it shouldnt be a problem for Studio Ghiblis cofounder Hayao Miyazakihe is one hell of a chain smoker after all! In fact, he even reveals in an interview that his parents were heavy smokers and that he had his lungs checked only to find out that there were no problems. Check out the different designs below:

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return since the release of You cant catch me in January 2011, rejoice and be glad! She will be back with her own songs for her 8th studio album, Singer Songwriter, to be released on March 27. The upcoming album will feature eight tracksall written, composed and produced by Sakamoto Maaya herself. Aside from her self-produced songs, a remix of Everywhere (from her third compilation album) and a rearrangement of Chikai (from her second mini-album) will be included. The song arrangements are by Kouno Shin and Watanabe Zentaro (Fate/stay night). A limited edition DVD will also be released. It will include the music video of the lead track as well as a documentary that features the recording and songwriting of Maaya Sakamoto. A few days after the albums launch, Sakamoto Maaya will be holding hall tours in three cities. Tentative Maaya Sakamoto Hall Tour Dates: March 30 and 31- Osaka International Convention Center Main Hall April 19 and 21 Aichi-ken Geijutsu Gekijou Dai Hall Not all fans of Studio Ghibli films are smokers, but with the sleek and elaborate designs of these merchandise, even nonsmokers might just be enticed to purchase a lighter or two. The prices of these Studio Ghibli Zippo lighters range from 100 USD to 210 USD. Source: Crunchyroll April 24 and 25 Bunkamura Orchard Hall (in Tokyo) Source: tokyohive

Comics Fiesta 2012: Bless4 interview


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/comics-fiesta-2012-bless4-interview/ By sentinel011 on January 4th, 2013

Maaya Sakamoto to return with her 8th studio album this March
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/maaya-sakamoto-return-8th-studioalbum-march/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013

When Comics Fiesta suddenly announced that they have gotten bless4 as a guest performer on the last week leading to the event, SGCafe managed to gather up this exclusive interview with the quartet.

Seiyuu and singer Maaya Sakamoto has previously worked with prominent composers such as Yoko Kanno in her previous tracks and albums. No wonder her songs are always amazing. And if you have been patiently waiting for her

From left: Aiki, Kanasa, Akino, and Akashi


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1) Welcome to Malaysia! I understand that you performed at Taipei a couple of days ago before Comics Fiesta, how do you find the crowd? They were really nice and wild! They were really honest, like when Akino asked Do you love anime?, everyone responded with suki desu!, and Akashi joked saying that Thank you for saying you love me so much! They were really fun. Were looking forward to the concert tonight too! 2) Everyone loves bless4 here, and everyone loves the Aquarion series! Have you watched Sousei no Aquarion or Aquarion EVOL? We watched Sousei no Aquarion, as for Aquarion EVOL we were watching it real time, we were travelling around many countries but we had it recorded. We havent watch till the end yet, but we really want to watch it! We really like it because it has a lot of important messages inside of it. The visuals and the fight scenes just stands out.

what you want, like its not very fluent but you can get through the people. 6 months is a good mark!

5) Any messages to your fans out there? Akashi: Thank you very much, its our first time here in Malaysia, were just happy to be here and were looking forward to meeting everybody here! My message is that, just stay true to yourself and be cool, just have fun! Aiki: Its our first time in Malaysia and were really having a blast. The food is great, the people are really nice. We still want to have a lot more fun with you guys, like jump together, sing together. We havent finished our performance yet but well love to come back. Kanasa: Like everyone said, its our first time here, and we have a positive impression of Malaysia and definitely wants to know more about the country and all of you, and also the anime here, the culture, etc. And in order for us to do that we want to have fun with all of you so well get ourselves ready for that! Akino: Were just having so much fun, it doesnt feel like a first time because everyones so warm. We dont really know Malay but the next time we come, well like to speak a little bit more! So well work on that. Ganbarimasu! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! We are glad that the energetic bless4 didnt disappoint during that nights performance well, how could they ever? Look out for more of our CF2012 posts soon!

3) Who is your favourite character in the most recent Aquarion anime, Aquarion EVOL and why? Akino: I really like Fudo Zen because hes strange. He makes you go What is he trying to say? but in the end, theres always a message all the time that makes you realize oh, I need to think more! Akashi: Id like to say, Mikono. Shes cute! Kanasa: I kinda like Jin and Yunoha, that was like my favourite episode. Aiki: I like Andy, Andys cool. Kagura is cool too. Amata is okay but usually guys that waits for the girls are called herbivores in Japan, and I think Amata is a herbivore. Maybe if hes a bit of a carnivore thenmaybe. But nah Im just kidding! 4) How long did you guys take to learn Japanese? I guess you can understand the language within 6 months if you live there, but speaking it actually depends on the person. At the 6 months point you can probably tell people

LiSA wishes fans a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year in several languages
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/lisa-wishes-fans-merry-xmas-happyyear-in-several-languages/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013

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English, Chinese, Indonesian, and Portugal those are languages that anisong artiste LiSA isnt exactly fluent in. But that didnt stop the spirited performer from wishing fans many of whom love her songs despite not being fluent in Japanese either her warmest seasons greetings in their native languages via a number of videos that Kawaii Girl Japan has been publishing all week long. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter, best known for singing the OPs to TV anime series Fate/Zero (Oath Sign) and Sword Art Online (crossing field), first graced our shores here in Singapore in 2011 as part of Anime Festival Asias Rock Your Soul! concerts. In 2012, the energetic performer appeared at both the Singapore and Indonesia legs of Anime Festival Asia. LiSAs third album, LoverSMile, came in at 1 on Tower Records Shinjukus list of best-selling anisong CDs for the year of 2012.

An updated V2 iteration of Singaporean fan developer Seow Zong Huis (also known as DM MCZ Sonic) Street Fighter X Mega Man free-to-download PC game will be released soemtime in January, according to Capcoms Online/Community Manager Brett Elston (Brelston). Although Capcom has not officially announced yet exactly whats been changed in the new V2 iteration, community manager Brelston said on the Capcom-Unity forums that it will address at least some of the issues that forum user gatordile pointed out in the thread he started, entitled Glitches in SFxMM: 1. If you lock your computer or close your screen with game running the video doesnt want to come back. You have to close the game and restart. I think its an issue with your computer needing to refresh the screen. 2. If you get killed at the same time as you kill the last boss in the boss rush you cant re-enter their tube. You are stuck in the level. Im not sure if this is a problem with any boss during boss rush or if its just the last boss you fight. 3. The top of ladders dont seem to want you to grab them. Some full jumps are awkward. 4. Esc key should have a yes or no menu to safely close the game. Ive exited on accident a couple times. 5. (Not really a issue since I dont do it, but) Urien can be easily killed by pausing game with mine sweeper explosion over him. Since Capcom first released Street Fighter X Mega Man last month on December 17, creator DM MCZ Sonic has been monitoring player response to his work, along with any bugs or serious problems that he hoped to be able to fix and release as an updated version of the game if Capcom would allow him an avenue to do so. As the game was a one-off deal, there was no guarantee that an update to the title would happen, especially since Capcom is distributing the game for free. Street Fighter X Mega Man was a collaboration between Capcom and DM MCZ Sonic made possible only by the stars aligning on one fateful day back in July 2012, when Sonic ran into Capcom USAs Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson at EVO, the worlds biggest fighting games tournament event, and promptly showed him a halffinished build of the PC title. According to Svensson, normally Capcoms legal team is forced to shut down any such fan game creation, no matter
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New Year Message to Indonesian fans Xmas Message to Indonesian fans Xmas and New Year Message to English-speaking fans Xmas Message speaking fans to Chinese-

Xmas and New Year Message to Portugese-speaking fans


Source: Kawaii Girl Japan

Street Fighter X Mega Man getting an updated V2 release in January


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/street-fighter-mega-man-updatedv2-release-january/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013

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how amazing it might be (which Zong Huis work no doubt was), simply because it might interfere with the global video games conglomerates rights in holding on to their intellectual properties in certain territories. Fortunately for Sonic (and Mega Man and Street Fighter fans all over the world), Capcom happened to be looking for something big to launch their plans to celebrate the Mega Man franchises 25th anniversary, and Sonics fan game was not only impressive, but doubly more apt because it involved Street Fighter whose 25th anniversary ends right around the start of Mega Mans 25th birthday bash.

[Update] The 8-bit Ono pixel art that you see above was actually drawn by DM Sonic himself, as a gift to the venerable producer. We were mistaken in thinking that Ono came up with the drawing and sent it to SFxMM creator DM Sonic and Capcoms Brelston, as Team DMs Samuel Ong (Shen Ou) points out to us. Thanks for the clarification! Will there be anything extra? Well just have to find out later this month when the updated version of Street Fighter X Mega Man is released. Until then, we leave you with this link of Singapore sponsored player and Canadian Cup SSF4 champ Ho Kun Xian (DM Xian) failing badly at Street Fighter X Mega Man.

Street Fighter X Mega Man V2: bug fixes plus more?


Street Fighter x Mega Man is a game full of easter eggs for fans to discover. For instance, by entering a code in the menu, you can replace the games entire soundtrack with just one song (that will now play in every single situation): an 8-bit remix of Guiles theme from Street Fighter 2, entitled Goes with Anything. Which begs the question: now that Capcom has green-lit an update to the title, will V2 simply contain bug fixes, or will the development team be implementing a couple more special easter eggs, if only to get those whove already cleared the game to revisit it? Of course, given that the game itself has only been released for about two weeks, chances are outside of bug fixes, the development team may not have had any extra time to include something special for the fans. So were not holding our breath here. That said, last week, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono did tweet the following image to DM MCZ Sonic Capcoms Brett Elston, asking that it be joined into Street Fighter X Mega Man:

If, like me, you previously thought SFxMM was too difficult for your gaming aptitude, all it takes is a couple minutes with Xians contrived attempt at clearing the game to realise that youre not alone in your plight. In fact, if anything, watching Xian play the game (badly) is a good way to re-invigorate your fighting spirit, so that youll be prepared to square off against 8-bit world warriors when the new version of the fan game drops. Source: Eventhubs

Cast for Magical Suite Prism Nana revealed at Comiket 83


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/12/cast-magical-suite-prism-nanarevealed-comiket-83/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013

Of course, chances are Onos simply jesting (as usual; hes not called Trollono by his fans online for no reason), but you never know.

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From studio Shaft, the makers of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, comes yet another highly-anticipated mahou shoujo anime: Magical Suite Prism Nana. The story has yet to be revealed, but what we know for certain is that it will focus on three female elemental magic users (fire, earth and water). At the Comiket 83 this past weekend, Shaft sold DVDs that included seven pilot shorts of the upcoming anime as well as its original soundtrack. The voice cast for the three main characters of Prism Nana was also confirmed. Itaru Washioka (the red-haired girl on the picture above) is voiced by Suzuko Mimori (Nanami Momozono from Kamisama Hajimemashita). Kotone Oribe (the bluehaired girl) is voiced by Eri Kitamura (Karen Araragi from Nisemonogatari). Lastly, Asuka Asagi (the greenhaired girl) is voiced by Asami Imai (Kojuurou Katakura from Sengoku Collection and Chihaya Kisaragi from The Idolm@ster). The original character designs were provided by Kantoku (Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko). Aside from the confirmation of the cast, Nendoroid prototypes of the three main characters were also exhibited.

Although Prism Nanas pilot shorts were already streamed on the net, the release date has not been announced yet. The project was initially revealed last August and it was showcased at Comiket 82 on the same month. Sources: Crunchyroll, MyAnimeList and Otakomu

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture (No, wait, Matsuyama did not say that these three games will be the only new titles theyd be announcing in 2013, after all.) Since the videos meant as a New Years message, Matsuyama decides to close off by doing a kakizome calligraphy, writing out one of his favourite character quotes from Takahiro Ozawa and Asako Seos manga series Giga Tokyo Toybox: Besides my hopes and dreams, the other weapons Im armed with include diligence! And guts! Giga Tokyo Toybox, a sequel to Tokyo Toybox (also by Ozawa and Seo), is about a group of young protagonists chasing their dreams and coping with the struggles of working in the video games industry. When the manga series developed from Tokyo Toybox into Giga Tokyo Toybox, several new regular characters were added to the story. One of those characters added was Momo Momota, whom the character quote Matsuyama wrote out belongs to. Momo Momota is a female protagonist whos a newcomer to the video games industry. As shes a newcomer, she doesnt really have much of anything apart from her hopes and dreams. So when she needed to draw from a source of strength to embrace the challenges ahead, she realises that the only weapons shes armed with are diligence and guts. And thats how her story begins in Volume 1, Matsuyama explains. This is something Matsuyama says that he can relate to, especially in recent years, during which the games industry has underwent numerous changes that presented various new difficulties. For instance, console games are getting harder and harder to make (due to production costs, etc) and so people often question whats going to happen to the future of the console games business. 2013s going to be a busy year for game development studio CyberConnect2. Not only are they working on the finishing touches for Naruto Shippuuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3(March 2013), theyve also been concurrently working on JoJos Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle (PS3), as well as GREE smartphone action game Night Runner (Working Title) and additional contents for its other smartphone title, Guilty Dragon. And thats not all. The Fukuoka-based developer has apparently got pretty big plans for 2013. In a New Years message YouTube video that just went live today, CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama teased that the game developer plans to unveil three more unannounced titles later this year in 2013. Matsuyama-san described these three new titles as original new works (), which is Japanese-game-industry speak for brand new IP. So I suppose that means right off the bat we can cross out Asuras Wrath 2 and anything .hack related from our list, huh? Well, something like that [difficulties a developer faces when making a console game, the future of console gaming being questioned], actually thats been a part of the video games industry all along since the very beginning. The path towards creating a product isnt always smooth-sailing, and its not always fun and games. Naturally there are tough battles to overcome too. But its just like what the main protagonist of Giga Tokyo Toybox Taiyou Tenkawa says: this line of work is tough, but its also a lot of fun. I feel that hes absolutely right, and that, especially in light of todays challenges in the games industry, we as developers need to meet them with diligence and guts. Well, its been like that in the past too, but now more than ever, we need to re-examine the meaning of those words [even though CyberConnect2 are no longer newcomers to the industry]. Matsuyama, whos a big fan of the manga series, says that in the story there is a scene where the character quote is taken one step further: you start with hopes and dreams, arm yourself with diligence and guts, and then after that, you stand your ground and brace yourself for the harsh impact ( ). Its a scene that Matsuyama says is a tear-jerker, and
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CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama: Weve got 3 new games in the pipeline
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/cyberconnect2-3-games-pipelineceo-hiroshi-matsuyama/ By KarbyP on January 7th, 2013

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he recommends that gamers check out the manga - pretty much everyone in CyberConnect2 is a fan of the series. Source: Excite News

suzuluv_xoxo: Kyary-chan is nice and cute and cute and cute I love her! Thank you very much for shaking my hands and signing an autograph for me! o(><)o Kyarys arrival is highly suspected to be related to her upcoming World Tour. Of course, a little touring around the Lion City might follow. Her unannounced trip will surely create a bigger hype amongst the local fans in Singapore. [Update @ 16:15PM]

Kyary secretly arrives in Singapore


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/kyary-secretly-arrives-singaporeannouncing-twitter/ By sentinel011 on January 7th, 2013

While it was previously reported that Kyary will be having a concert in Singapore, the dates are still unknown, even till today. However, the eccentric artiste tweeted on her arrival at Singapores Changi Airport just moments ago.

Munching on Sarpinos Pizza along Orchard Road outside Lucky Plaza? Source: Kyarys Twitter

Nyanko-sensei on a little teapot, short and stout


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/nyanko-sensei-teapot-short-stout/ By ellehaym on January 6th, 2013

In Kyarys twitter message posted about an hour ago, she said In Singapore now. Really hot. in Japanese. A lucky fan managed to catch Kyary at the international airport, and even took a picture of her fan and tweeted about it. Below is the excerpt of the tweet post: pamyurin: When I arrived at Singapores airport I was surprised to find someone (the girl pictured here) waiting to greet me
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Nyanko-sensei, from Natsume Yuujinchou by Yuki Midorikawa, gets painted on a teapot and cup set along with the other series of LaLa magazine. The other designs are based from Gakuen Babysitters by Hari Tokeino, Ookamiheika no Hanayome by Mato Kauta and Akagami no Shirayuki-hime by Sorata Akiduki. Each set is conveniently designed with the teapot placed atop the cup. When you hear about Takashi Natsumes cat spirit partner, I would bet that the first thing that comes to your mind is his shape as round as the maneki nekos. And thats exactly how the creator designed the teapot. It retains the stoutness of Nyanko-sensei. One teapot and cup set costs 1200 JPY (14 USD). Its a part of a pre-order campaign which runs until March 9.

Sources: Natalie, natsume-blog and Famima.com We have previously reported that Natsume Yuujinchou will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. As a special give away for fans of Midorikawas supernatural shoujo manga series, LaLa magazines February issue comes with a free squishy Nyanko-sensei strap.

Makoto Shinkai to release Kotonoha no Niwa this spring


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/makoto-shinkai-release-kotonohaniwa-spring/ By ellehaym on January 6th, 2013

The display of Nyanko-senseis cuteness doesnt end with a tea set and a strap. Famima.com has teamed up with Animax in offering limited edition Natsume Yuujinchou goods. A Nyanko-sensei saucepan which costs 3580 JPY (41 USD) and a Nyanko-sensei Reversi board game which costs 3150 JPY (36 USD) can now be pre-ordered. One man army anime filmmaker, Makoto Shinkai, has announced that hes working on Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Wordsno official English title as of today), a new anime movie scheduled for release in Spring 2013. In a blog post by Shinkai, he wrote that its his first time taking on a love story movie. However, the story of Kotonoha
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no Niwa isnt something that focuses on the typical meaning of love. Shinkai writes that the concept of romance () did not exist in the Japanese language before the modern period. (love), was written as (solitary sadness) since the 8th century. He adds that the present concept of love () was imported from the West. Now, with all of Shinkais historical background on the word love, you would probably think that Kotonoha no Niwa will be a historical romance. Actually, thats not the case. Shinkai has emphasized that Kotonoha no Niwa is set in the present day. The story will interpret the ancient meaning of lovean emotion of longing for someone that can only be felt in solitude.

One of the most coveted items at Comic Market 83 last weekend was anime studio Shafts Madoka Magica the Movie Key Animation Note extra art book which, like all good things at Comiket, was promptly sold out at the event Only to be found available again shortly afterwards on Yahoo! Japan Auctions and other similar sites where the book is now listed for some far-fetched price several times its initial going rate. Because normally such event-specific items are sold only at Comic Market and never again reissued. Makoto Shinkais previous works include Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second and Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Sources: Otaku USA and MyAnimeList Forum Fortunately for Madoka Magica fans who werent able to make it to Comiket 83, however, Shaft has decided to issue a second batch of the Key Animation Note extra art book, now slated to hit book stores all across Japan at the end of February, with pre-orders beginning from January 7. Talk about a kick in the teeth for those blood-sucking, moneygrabbing, greedy online auctioners. The 368-paged A4-size art book contains over 1,000 pieces of original sketches and illustrations, all of which centered on the new scenes featured in the pair of Madoka Magica movies like the intro sequence that visually accompanied the movies new opening theme Luminous, and the various heroines Mahou Shoujo henshin sequences. Additionally, the cover of the art book (pictured below) was illustrated by Junichiro Taniguchi specially for this release.

Anime studio Shaft to issue a second batch of Madoka Magica the Movie Key Animation Note extra art book
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/anime-studio-shaft-issue-batchmadoka-magica-movie-key-animation-note-extra-art-book/

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todays announcement is only for the Madoka Magica art book, Shaft says on its website that they are looking into possibly doing a second batch of these other goods as well. Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb Production Note

Contains reference materials (characters, settings) used in the production of the anime. The form factor of the book is designed to resemble the Hidamari Apartments that Yuno and her friends reside in. For the most part, the pair of Madoka Magica movies were really an abridged directors cut re-telling of the TV anime series story with new scenes inserted here and there, so the fact that the Key Animation Note extra art book doesnt contain any illustrations from the TV anime series is pretty reassuring, since there was already an art book released for that. Although the art book was previously sold for 4,000 yen at Comiket 83, when its sold at book stores all across Japan in February it will now be priced at 4,200 yen instead. This second-press edition will also not come with the bonus Rakugaki Note (a collection of messages and sketches from the anime movies staff, including Gen Urobuchi and Junichiro Taniguchi) mini-booklet that was given out to fans who bought the book at Comiket; it just wouldnt be fair to those who lined up otherwise. Specifications Cover illustrated by creator Ume Aoki B5-Size 288 full-colour pages Includes a case

Bakemonogatari Key Animation Note prologue KEY ANIMATION NOTE prologue

Outside of the Madoka Magica art book, Shaft also had on sale exclusively at Comiket 83 new art books for Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb and Bakemonogatari, as well as a Magical Suite Prism Nana Prism Box set that contains the shows pilot animations and a CD soundtrack. Although

Contains original illustrations for part of episode 1 in the Bakemonogatari TV anime series. Specifically, the materials here cover the start of episode 1 all the way until right before the OP begins (from the part where protagonist Koyomi Araragi meets up with Tsubasa Hanekawa, until the part where he catches a falling Hitagi Senjougahara)
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Specifications Cover illustrated by Akio Watanabe Size: 195x200mm 208 full-colour pages Includes a case

Magical Suite Prism Nana PRISM BOX PRISM BOX

Source: Shaft

Saki Episode of Side A: bonus episodes PV runs through DVD/Blu-ray release and on-air dates
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/saki-episode-side-a-bonus-episodespv-runs-dvdblu-ray-release-on-air-dates/ By KarbyP on January 5th, 2013

Set Contains: Pilot PV Animation PV (all 7 animations, a total of 14 minutes runtime) Original soundtrack (all 7 tracks) Special booklet Size: 297x297mm Comiket attendees who purchased any of the aforementioned books (the Prism Nana box set didnt count, as it was sold at a partners booth, instead of at Shafts) also received special paper bags with Sasami@Ganbaranai illustrations printed on them to take home their merchandise in; I dont think we can expect to see these reproduced even if Shaft decides to re-issue every other item they sold at Comiket 83. Heres what the illustrations on the paper bag looked like: The TV anime adaptation of Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A (a spin-off of the original Saki series, which you can watch for free on legal streaming site Crunchyroll) was originally planned as a 12-episode series that finished its run on Japanese TV back in July 2012. Shortly before the end of the TV anime series, however, the shows producers announced that they would be putting out a couple more bonus episodes. The first one, episode 13, already aired on December 24, 2012. Episode 14 is slated to premiere on Japans AT-X channel on January 29 this year. This week the shows producers have put out a new PV that includes clips from the upcoming 14th episode, along with various dates with regards to when and on which channels

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Japanese viewers will be able to watch episodes 13 and 14, or otherwise purchase it on Blu-Ray and DVD. Outside of Japan, anime fans worldwide can catch the entire series at the Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A show page on Crunchyroll. Unlike Saki (2009), which is available for viewing online even for free members, Achiga-hen episode of Side-A will require a premium Crunchyroll membership subscription to watch. Episode 13 or the first bonus episode of Saki Achigahen episode of Side A is already on Crunchyroll, and the legal streaming service announced previously that it will be streaming the second one simulcast (at the same time) when it airs in Japan. Source: Crunchyroll

Like Eurogamers Ian Higton explained in the Mission 8 preview video you saw, certain enemies in DmC Devil May Cry will only be susceptible to attacks from one faction either the demon side or the angel side which Ive got to admit, is a pretty refreshing idea when seen in the greater context of the Devil May Cry series, although it would be incredibly easy to point fingers and speculate that the guys over at Ninja Theory are probably big fans of Treasures Ikaruga or Ubisofts Outland. Althought DmC Devil May Cry is considered a series reboot, its not without elements that fans of the series will be familiar with. For instance, right from the get-go Dante is armed with his trusty sidekicks the Rebellion longsword and Ebony & Ivory pistols (if you havent had a chance to go hands-on with these returning weapons in DmC, we highly recommend checking out the demo). Dantes long-lost twin brother Vergil is also back in the rebooted franchise. In fact, hell have his own playable chapter only available for free to gamers who pre-order the title, however (check with your local retailer on details, and make sure you do it soon did we say the game comes out in a little more than a week?) DmC Devil May Cry for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 comes out January 15. A PC port is also slated to be released January 25.

DmC Devil May Cry: get psyched as Eurogamer walks us through Missions 8 and 9, new CG trailer [Video]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/dmc-devil-cry-psyched-eurogamerwalks-missions-8-9-video/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013

Shounen Jump celebrates recent Kurokos Basketball milestones by releasing 32 character wallpapers
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/shounen-jump-celebrates-kurokosbasketball-milestones-with-32-character-wallpapers/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013

Publisher Capcom and developer Ninja Theorys DmC Devil May Cry comes out in a little more than a week from now. Still not convinced that the new title, a series reboot thats being outsourced to England-based Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword), would live up to the original games reputation? Then youve absolutely got to check out these two videos Eurogamer has just put up, offering an in-depth look at a middle portion of the game Missons 8 and 9, to be specific after Dantes got access to an additional few weapons and powers in his arsenal that he didnt have in the brief demo thats currently available for download from the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network. Whats different in this DmC is that protagonist Dante is no longer half-demon, half-human son of devil knight Sparda. Instead, Dantes mother is apparently an angel in this game, making his lineage one thats half-demon and half-angel which explains why the Dante here has access to special powers from both factions, One new wallpaper, each focusing on a different character from Tadatoshi Fujimakis hit manga and anime series Kurokos Basketball, to be released on Shonenjump.com every day starting from today (January 4) with Tetsuya Kuroko as part of a web campaign meant to commemorate a series of recent milestones for the series.
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Cable broadcaster WOWOW to turn Pasela Resorts Shibuyas B1 floor into Yuko Ichiharas shop from xxxHolic
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/wowow-turn-pasela-resortsshibuyas-b1-floor-yuko-ichiharas-shop-xxxholic/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013

What milestones are we talking about? Well, for starters the TV anime adaptation of Kurokos Basketball has just recently received the green light for a second season (like we reported last month). This month, the series is getting a 19-page full-colour chapter in the new issue of Weekly Shounen Jump (WJ) that just went on sale today (January 4). Finally, on February 4, tankoubon (trade paperback compilation of the chapters serialised in Weekly Shounen Jump) volume 21 of the series is slated to be released. Not exactly gigantic milestones here, but given the string of terrible Kurokos Basketball news lately (by no fault of the series creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki or anyone else involved in the manga and anime production), Id say any cause is a good cause for fans to celebrate. The campaign will last all the way till the day volume 21 comes out, February 4, and a total of 32 such character wallpapers will be released. Will your favourite character make it in the list of 32? If watching the live-action drama adaptation of Clamps xxxHolic, which begins airing on Japanese cable channel WOWOW in February 2013, isnt good enough for fans to visualise what the atmosphere within witch Yuko Ichiharas store must be like, then maybe going into a real-life replica of the store will. Cable broadcaster WOWOW today announced that it has teamed up with Karaoke chain Pasela Resorts to turn the B1 floor of the chains Shibuya branch (note: theres a Pasela Resorts Shibuya, and also a Pasela Resorts Grande Shibuya; in this case were referring to the former) into a xxxHolic Cafe Mise mise being Japanese for shop conceptualised after the store operated by the manga and anime seriess heroine, Yuko Ichihara. The xxxHolic Cafe Mise (xxxHOLiC ) will feature tableware and props lifted directly from the live-action TV series. The actual costume that actress and model Anne wore in her portrayal of the Yuka Ichihara will also be displayed within the store.

To grab these desktop wallpapers, simply head over to this link here and click on the various dates on list of available character wallpapers somewhere in the middle of the page. Apart from desktop wallpapers, Shounen Jump will also release a slew of 32 iPhone wallpapers that users can access and download through a free shonenjump.com app, available from the iTunes App Store. 32!! 32!!!! shonenjump.com

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Moe Shochu in Japan now features Vocaloid Lily


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/moe-shochu-japan-features-vocaloidlily/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013

Fans whove always dreamt of visiting Yukos shop from the series will have about a month or so to make their way to SHibuya and drop by the replica cafe; the xxxHolic Cafe Mise will begin operations on January 21, and will operate till March 30. xxxHolic the live-action drama adaptation airs on WOWOW in Japan beginning February 24. A total of eight episodes are planned for the series. xxxHolic Cafe Mise (xxxHOLiC ) Period: January 21, 2013 (Monday) to March 30, 2013 (Sunday) Operating Hours: 11:30AM to 11:00PM (Sundays to Thursdays, and Public Holidays), 11.30AM to 6:00AM the following day (Fridays and the eve of Public Holidays) 1130600 Address: Pasela Resorts Shibuya B1F (1-22-9 )

From smart phone cases to PS3 accessories, a variety of items and products sold in Japan have already gone through a Vocaloid makeover. And now, alcoholic drinks are no longer an exception. So if youre a wine-collecting Vocaloid fan, a Moe Shochu Lily is something worth adding to your growing collection. Alcoholic drinks with moe girls on the bottle labels are increasingly popular in Japan. And the latest offering is the Moe Shochu Lily designed with the Vocaloid Lily wearing her oiran outfit.

Source: Excite News

The illustration on the Moe Shochu Lily label was created by the original character designer himself, KEI, who also drew Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len. Lilys voice was provided by m.o.v.es vocalist, yuri.

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Moe Shochu Lily has an alcohol volume of 12%. It is lighter compared to regular shochus that have 25 to 35% alcohol volume. The 300 ml bottle costs 1200 JPY (13.70 USD). Source: Crunchyroll

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Koda Kumi to release a cover album for commemorating her 13th anniversary in the recording industry this year
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/koda-kumi-release-coveralbum-13th-anniversary-2013/ By ellehaym on January 10th, 2013

Below is the info on the cover album: CD Pink Spider (originally sung by hide with Spread Beaver) Lovely (originally sung by Ozawa Kenji) Shake Hip! (originally sung by Kome Kome CLUB) Dounimo Tomaranai (originally sung by Yamamoto Linda) Jounetsu (originally sung by UA) Blue Velvet (Kudo Shizuka) Otoko (originally sung by Kubo Ruriko) Koyoi no Tsuki no You ni (originally sung by Elephant Kashimashi) Koda Kumis lucky number is one thats usually considered unlucky: 13. She was born on November 13. And on top of that, her music careers 13th anniversary falls on this year, 2013! To celebrate her 13th anniversary in the Japanese music industry, the ero-kakkoii (sexy-cool) icon will be launching her second cover album on February 27. We have yet to hear the title of this upcoming release, but the track listing information is already out. In addition, the singer herself has revealed that it has an entertainment cover album concept. I widened the selection of music and challenged myself to various tastes of arrangements, says the Jpop singer. The cover album is to be launched two in regular editions (CD-only and CD with DVD) and a limited edition (DVD and photo booklet included). One more time, One more chance (originally sung by Yamazaki Masayoshi) Alone (originally sung by Okamoto Mayo) Regular Edition CD with DVD Pink Spider (MV ~Album Version~) Lovely (MV) Shake Hip! (MV) Lovely (MAKING VIDEO) Shake Hip! (MAKING VIDEO) Limited Edition DVD Documentary Pink Spider (MV ~Album Version~) Lovely (MV) Shake Hip! (MV) Lovely (MAKING VIDEO)
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Shake Hip! (MAKING VIDEO) Source: tokyohive

Kyary in Singapore for television program Catherine the Third


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/kyary-singapore-television-programcatherine-third/ By sentinel011 on January 9th, 2013

Many KPP, or Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fans were guessing that the artiste and fashion celebrity was in town earlier this week to settle details for her upcoming Live Tour in Singapore, but that is not the case.

Know your Metal Gear Rising moves and combos with these videos
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/metal-gear-rising-moves-combosvideos/ By sentinel011 on January 9th, 2013

Apparently, Kyary is also one of the hosts for a variety show in Japan called Catherine the Third, and her other 2 co-hosts were featured in a photo uploaded in her twitter account. Thus, it is highly speculated that the trio was in town to film and host a special segment in the variety show. Kyary commented Catherine the Third in Singapore loca(tion)! in her twitter photo post. Although Kyary was in town for less than 2 days, she managed to dine local delicacies like cereal prawns, visit the world famous Night Safari, as well as lounging at Marina Bay Sands Skypark. Source: Kyarys Twitter page

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So you got your grubby hands on the Metal Gear Rising Revengeance demo released on the PS3. Are you finding it tough to take down your enemies? Dont fret, as we trawled the internet to find some gems to make your game play a little bit more fulfilling with these combos. This comprehensive list of moves show you what each move does and how to execute it on your gamepad. The moves recorded in the video also tells you roughly what each move does, such as a Devil May Cry style Stinger move as well as air combo moves. The end of the video also shows one of the many challenging combos you can do to your enemies in the game. With the move list in mind, the next step is to play like a pro with several combos under your belt. One such player, Master LL, records his playthrough with a list of combos. Here, you can watch how a skillful player does 2 air combos in a row. Unfortunately, there isnt exactly a move list recorded from the video, but you will get the rough gist of it as you play more of the game. Master LL also shows us how to be a sadistic Raiden, by decapitating the limbs of his enemies first before finishing them. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is slated to release for the PS3 and Xbox360 on 19 and 21 February 2013 for the North America and Japan region respectively. For more Metal Gear Rising goodness, check these out.

In the upcoming film, Mizushima will be playing Sebastian Michaelis, Ciels bodyguard and the demon butler of the Phantomhive estate. The movie adaptation will take place 130 years after the events on the manga, which means well be witnessing a completely different storyline. Mizushima was last seen on the big screen when he played the role of Ryusuke Minami in the movie adaptation of Beck (2010). He also acted in live-action series adapted from anime and manga titles including Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (where he played Minami Namba), Absolute Boyfriend (where he played Soshi Asamoto) and Gokusen 2 (where he played Hiro Misawa). His popular lead role is Souji Tendou/ Kabuto from the sentai series Kamen Rider Kabuto. Mizushima left showbiz to pursue his writing career (with Tomohiro Saito as his pen name). His debut work, KAGEROU, was selected as the 5th Poplar Publishing Grand Prize for Fiction. Now that he has made his comeback as an actor, Mizushima is losing weight for the role and is currently in training for the actions of the character hell be portraying. The filming for the movie starts in April. Kuroshitsuji will be directed by Otani Kentaro (Nana) and Keiichi Sato (Tiger & Bunny). The film is slated for a release this year. Sources: tokyohive and JEFusion

Hiro Mizushima to make a comeback on the big screen with Kuroshitsuji


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/hiro-mizushima-comeback-bigscreen-kuroshitsuji/ By ellehaym on January 9th, 2013

Pre-orders for Nendoroids Kagamine Rin: Append and Kagamine Len: Append commence
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/pre-orders-nendoroids-kagaminerin-append-kagamine-len-append-commences/ By ellehaym on January 8th, 2013

Hiro Mizushima is not yet done with showbiz. After a three-year hiatus, he is returning with the movie adaptation of Yana Tanabosos popular action and fantasy manga, Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler). Its a double treat for fans of the adorable Vocaloid twins. Good Smile Company has begun accepting pre-orders for the soon to be launched Kagamine Rin: Append and Kagamine
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Len: Append. These Nendoroids will be released together on June 30. Each sold separately.

Both Nendoroids are 100mm in height and will each sport three different facial expressions. Rin comes with a happy expression, a winking face and a pleading face. The last one allows you to make it seem like Rin is begging something from Len. The Kagamine Rin: Append Nendoroid gives off a more mature appeal.

Each package includes a background board, allowing you to easily take photographs of Rin and Len.

Although these latest offerings from Good Smile Company wont be sold in a set, they are designed in such a way that they can have great poses together. They can be arranged back-to-back. The charming twins can even hold hands while winking.

The Kagamine Len: Append, on the other hand, displays a more modern look. Just like Rin, he has a cheerful expression and a winking face. Len also comes with a confident expression that exhibits his coolness.

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Last month, we were teased with a short clip of Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home, but we heard nothing about the plot of the movie. Finally, a new movie listing has revealed the story of the upcoming anime film. The story of the HSH anime film (according the listing) goes like this: Ohana is getting used to her lifestyle in Kissuisou, the hot springs resort managed by her grandmother. One day, the successor of Kissuisous rival inn, Yuina, arrives at Kissuisou to learn how to become a landlady. As Ohana watches Yuina in training, she discovers -a certain itemwhile cleaning up the storage room. Now, most people who have watched the entire series are probably assuming (or hoping) that the upcoming movie will be an epiloguesomething that shows us what happens to Ohana Matsumae [SPOILER ALERT] after her grandmother closed down the Taishou era hot springs inn, Kissuisou. Unfortunately, it wont be as we expect it to be. Based on the summary provided by the listing, the film takes place at a time when Ohana is getting used to her life in Kissuisou. With a variety of features offered by these Nendoroids, let your imagination fly and create different poses of the Kagamine twins. Sources: Crunchyroll and Mikatans Blog (English Version) Heres a short recap on what happened in the series: The story revolves around Ohana, a teenager living with her single-parent mother in Tokyo. She was left under her estranged grandmothers care after her mother decides to elope with a boyfriend. She arrives at Kissuisou and discovers that the hot springs inn is owned and managed by her grandmother. Ohana starts working at Kissuisou at her grandmothers imposition. Although she tries her best, things dont run smoothly for her. She is at odds with the customers and her fellow employees. Ohana becomes disheartened at first, but eventually sees all the hardships as opportunities to make herself better. She works harder to improve her relationship with her coworkers and for a brighter future. While the movie may not be an epilogue of the TV anime like what fans expected, do not be too disappointed. The series, after all, ended in a satisfying manner. Plus, if youre
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Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home anime films story revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/hanasaku-iroha-home-sweet-homestory-revealed/

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fond of Yuina Wakura (Ohanas dialect switching friend), the HSH movie is gradually shaping up to be something fans can eagerly anticipate.

Club (SCOOPERS) Science Club (Kagakubu Kagaku Kyumei Logica?) and more. As for Babymetal, well, youve heard of the keionbu ( , literally light music club in Japanese) in K-On!. right? Well Babymetal is sort of like an antonym of K-On within Sakura Gakuen the trio is referred to as the Heavy Metal Club (). Babymetals major debut single, Ijime, Dame, Zettai ( ) hits CD stores in Japan January 9, 2013. For more information on the various editions of the release, refer to Kawaii Girl Japans story. Source: Kawaii Girl Japan

Sources: @ultimatemegax via Crunchyroll

Babymetal: Well conquer the world in 2013 [Video]


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/babymetal-conquer-world-2013video/ By KarbyP on January 7th, 2013

A romantic treat from Premium Bandai: Barnaby White Day Cake


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/romantic-treat-premium-bandaibarnaby-white-day-cake/ By ellehaym on January 7th, 2013

How sweet it would be to receive a Barnaby White Day Cake. The day when men give women romantic presents (in return for the chocolates they received) may be two months away, but as early as now, Premium Bandai is already accepting pre-orders for the White Day Cake with a design inspired by Barnaby Brooks Jr. from Tiger & Bunny. The Tiger & Bunny White Day Cake from Barnaby follows the previous Premium Bandai Valentines Day offering, the Tiger & Bunny Valentine Cake from Kotetsu. This cake is considered as Barnabys present to his fans. The interior is a white sponge cake, a strawberry mousse with raspberry sauce atop. The exterior is a cream cheese mousse glazed with nappage and topped with raspberry sauce. It comes with a gorgeous figure of Barnaby wearing a patissier uniform, holding a cake knife and a small replica of the White Day cake.

With just two more days to go to the release of Babymetals major debut single, Ijime Dame Zettai, Kawaii Girls Japan has put together a short video interview with the teenage trio, who talk a little about the song and the music video for it (which was shot in a cave; check it out for yourself in the second video embedded below), as well as their ambitions for the new year ahead of them. A trio comprising leader Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-Metal; formerly a member of Karen Girls, the unit that performed Zettai Karen Childrens first OP, Over The Future), Mizuno Yui (YUIMETAL), and Kikuchi Moa (MOAMETAL), Babymetal is part of a greater girl idol group called Sakura Gakuen that was formed in 2010. Units within the Sakura Gakuen group are each considered a bukatsu () or co-curricular club within Sakura Gakuen. Theres the Baton Club (Twinklestars), Newspaper

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Premium Bandais White Day cake costs 3990 JPY (46 USD). The pre-order doesnt have a deadline. It will continue until supplies last. The cake ships in March this year.

Before we go on, its important to clarify one thing: first season and second season of the Monogatari series are the terms used specifically to refer to volumes 1 to 6, and volumes 7 to 12, respectively, of the original light novel series. The anime adaptation of the Monogatari series second season (light novels) will comprise some 20-odd episodes that covers the stories told in volumes 7 to 12 of NisiOsins popular light novel series of the same name. Sources: Crunchyroll and Premium Bandai Nekomonogatari (White) (()) Kabukimonogatari () Hanamonogatari () Otorimonogatari () Onimonogatari () Koimonogatari () As for the Monogatari series first season thats where it gets real confusing. First season (light novels volume 1 to 6) was actually split up into several anime shows: Bakemonogatari (2009), Nisemonogatari (2012), and the recent Nekomonogatari (Black)which was streamed on Nico Nico Douga and will be making its way to TV channels soon. There is also an upcoming anime film, Kizumonogatari, that will cover the story told in Volume 3 in the original light novels. All-told, the first season of NisiOsins light novel series are titled in the following manner (from top to bottom, volumes 1 to 6): Bakemonogatari (volume 1) (()) Bakemonogatari (volume 2) (()) Kizumonogatari () Nisemonogatari (volume 1) (()) According to a magazine scan posted anonymously on Japanese forum 2ch, studio Shafts anime adaptation of the second season in NisiOsins Monogatari light novel series will begin airing on Japanese TVs sometime in July 2013. Whats more, the new anime show will apparently stay on the air for a total of six months (2 in Japanese), although its not mentioned if there will be a break at some point between the broadcast dates. Nisemonogatari (volume 2) (()) Nekomonogatari (Black) (()) Outside of the first and second seasons, the light novel series also comprises a final season: Tsukimonogatari () Owarimonogatari ()
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Monogatari series second season to begin airing July 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/monogatari-series-season-airingjuly-2013/ By KarbyP on January 7th, 2013

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Zokuowarimonogatari () Anime adaptations of the final season in the Monogatari series light novels have not yet been announced. Source: 2ch, Wikipedia

Steins;Gate Phenogram of Linear Restraint dated for April 25


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/steinsgate-phenogram-linearrestraint-dated-april-25/ By KarbyP on January 7th, 2013

Visual novel Steins;Gate Phenogram of Linear Restraint (PS3, X360) now has a confirmed release date. Publisher 5pb today announced that the title, a psuedo-sequel to the original Steins;Gate (2009), will go on sale in Japan April 25 instead of the previously vague Spring 2013 release period. The regular edition of the game will go for 7,140 yen in Japan, while a limited edition which includes a replica of the SG001 phone that protagonist Rintarou Okabe uses in the series will sell for 11,550 yen. Although the replica is not a fully-functional mobile handset, it will actually play back some character voice samples when a certain button on the device is pressed. No details were given as to which characters voices would be featured here.

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For more details on Steins;Gate Phenogram of Linear Restraint (STEINSGATE ), including what two of the visual novels character-focused scenarios will entail, read our previous story here. Source: Famitsu

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Wait for it to generate the logo. Afterwards, youll be taken to a page where you can see your name written in Dragon Ball Z font style. The app generates a rectangular and square banner, so pick whichever you like (or get both!). You can share the logo youve created through Facebook and Twitter. The site doesnt limit you with one background. You can try all four backgrounds available. And thats precisely what I did! Here are the logo designs I got:

Create your own logo, Dragon Ball Z style!


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/create-logo-dragon-ball-style/ By ellehaym on January 12th, 2013

Do you want to see your name written just like the logo of Dragon Ball Z? Thats easy! And I tell you, mad Photoshop skills arent necessary. All you need to do is visit, Toei Animations official website for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie and use their MOJI MAKER Z app.

The page is in Japanese so Ill give you a bit of a walkthrough. In step 1, you need to type your first name and last name in the two separate fields. Note that these fields do not accept spaces. If you type your name with a space, an error message pops up. So if your first name consists of two names, just pick the best one or you can do it like this: JohnMark (the final result of the logo tightly packs all the letters together, anyway). The fields only accept roman letters. I tried typing my name in katakana, but it gave me an error message. In step two, just choose from among the four backgrounds. After typing in your name and selecting your preferred background, hit the dragon ball that says GO!
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4. The Shadow(Making Video) (25 minutes total) CD-only: 1. Only One For more information on Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie, just read our previous post. 2. The Shadow 3. Only One (Instrumental) 4. The Shadow(Instrumental) Only One was part of BoAs 7th Korean studio album (of the same title). It gained popularity because it was BoAs original song. In promotion for BoAs Japanese single, a campaign called Only One Cocktail was launched. Selected cafes in Tokyo are selling a cappuccino and a cocktail drink topped with a QR code. Once a smart phone has scanned the code, a site that lets people listen to BoAs new songs can be accessed. The campaign perfectly suits the upcoming single because the drama version of the Korean Only One MV was set in a cafe.

BoA to return to the Jpop scene with Only One (with unique promotions)
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/boa-return-jpop-scene-only-one/ By ellehaym on January 11th, 2013

After more than a year of hiatus in Japan, Korean singer BoA is going to make a comeback with a single that includes the Japanese version of her self-composed song, Only One. The multilingual singer has previously announced in her website that the single will be launched on February 20. But the last minute editing on the single has delayed it for a week. Its new release date will be on February 27. The single will also contain The Shadow, another song written by BoA herself. Below is the tracklist information: CD+DVD CD tracks: 1. Only One 2. The Shadow 3. Only One (Instrumental) 4. The Shadow (Instrumental) DVD: 1. Only One (Music Video) 2. The Shadow (Music Video) 3. Only One (Making Video)
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While Id love to go to Tokyo and scan the codes before I take a sip of these drinks (because I am a BoA fan), reality slaps me in the face, telling me I have no money for such luxury. Luckily, I found a preview of the Japanese version of Only One on YouTube. Check it out below: Sources: KpopStarz, BoAs Twitpic account, tokyohive and Oricon

SCANDAL officially releases Playboy music video


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ENCORE SHOW limited edition jacket cover:

ENCORE SHOW regular edition jacket cover:

You have probably listened to SCANDALs Playboy during their performances (either live or on YouTube). This track was written back in their indie days. Theyve been performing the song since their debut, but it wasnt officially released in any of their albums or singles.If you have been endlessly hoping for an official release of this track, then your long wait is over. SCANDAL has released their MV of Playboy. The song will also be included in their soon to be launched compilation album ENCORE SHOW. Check out the music video below: SCANDALs second compilation album comes out on February 6. It will be released in two editions: A Regular Edition CD and a Limited Edition CD+DVD. The upcoming album will include B-Side songs from their singles. If you pre-order from CDJapan today, a free sticker will be given as a bonus treat. Below is the ENCORE SHOWs track list information: 1. S.L. Magic 2. TOKYO 3. Natsu Neiro 4. FUTURE 5. SO EASY 6. Hoshi no Furu Yoru ni 7. KOSHI-TANTAN 8. Midnight Television 9. Shining Sun 10. CUTE! 11. Emotion 12. Satisfaction 13. Want you 14. Kimi ni Shitto Chuu 15. Hikare 16. PLAY BOY

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Solid launch date revealed for the North American release of Naruto Powerful Shippuden
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/solid-release-date-naruto-powerfulshippuden-north-american-revealed/ By ellehaym on January 11th, 2013

The announcement on the North American release of Naruto Powerful Shippuden with the 3DS as its battlefield was good news indeed. But the lack of a launch date left us hanging. Finally, Namco Bandai Games America has

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announced that the Naruto spin-off is coming out on March 5, so mark your calendars now! Fans of all ages can enjoy the side-scrolling gameplay of Naruto Powerful Shippuden. The characters are designed in their miniature appearance, or most commonly known to us, anime fans, as the chibi form.

A second season of tokusatsu or special effects TV show Hikounin Sentai Akihabaranger (; Hikounin Sentai translates to The Unofficial Power Rangers) has been green-lit for production, according to the official website for the show. Simultaneously, Akibarangers second season was also announced at the tail end of a Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Live & Show 2013 event, held earlier tonight at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan. Below are the features of the game: Explore two different storiesyou can either play as Naruto or Rock Lee. Enjoy the different campaigns each story has to offer. Two modes of gameplay. Beat up enemies nonstop in the endless battle mode or complete the story mode. Amusing graphics and comical character actions and expressions. Dynamic gameplay. Strengthen your characters by earning experience points. You can also ask help from other characters during battles or raise the power of your special attacks using the touch screen function. QR code feature. Access other bonuses from the game by scanning QR codes. The release date is about two months away. Thats a bit of a long wait. So in the meantime, just enjoy Naruto Powerful Shippudens trailer below: Sources: Gaming Unwrapped, Nintendo Life and Namco Bandai Games The shows official website did not provide any specifics as to what Akibarangers new season would entail, choosing only to tease that more information on the new season would come soon. Who are the Akibarangers? Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger tells the story of three civilians bike courier and Super Sentai fanboy Nobuo Akagi (played by Masako Wada), student and martial artist Mitsuki Aoyagi (Kyoko Hinami), and cosplayer Yumeria Moegi (Karin Ogino) hand-picked one day by a certain Professor Hiroyo Hakase (played by voice actress Maaya Uchida, whos Rea Sanka in Sankarea) to form a new Power Rangers squad assembled specifically to protect Akihabara from evil-doers. The trio were picked specifically for their uncanny ability to fantasize delusions, which serves as a source of power after our heroes henshin or transform into the mighty morphin Akibarangers or so Akagi and gang believed. After the newly formed Akibaranger squad defeats their first monster, however, its revealed that the Akibarangers are not considered official Super Sentai heroes. There are stringent requirements such as having your own networkbroadcasted TV show that have to be met before they could register as an official squad. Not only that, but apparently all the fighting that Akagi and gang thought they did was actually one grand delusion shared by all three of them that occurred only in their heads. Net idol Kozue Aikawa (formerly of the group Danceroid) and current Danceroid leader Itokutora also have bit roles on the show, playing assistants in a Super Sentaithemed cafe that Professor Hakase runs. Certain Ranger
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Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger: 2nd season green-lit for production


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/hikounin-sentai-akibaranger-season/ By KarbyP on January 11th, 2013

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characters from the official Super Sentai series also make cameo appearances. Unlike TV Asahis Sunday morning Power Rangers or Sentai tokusatsu shows which are meant for audiences of all ages, Hikounin Sentai Akihabaranger is instead aimed at mature audiences and aired on a late-night timeslot.

Additionally, Japanese gamers who pre-order a copy of the game from certain participating retailers will also receive one of the aforementioned three Armor skins each exclusive to specific retailers (for details on that, check out our previous story here). These Armor body suits will confer upon Raiden the ability to carry slightly more items of a certain category: White Armor lets you carry more health replenishing item, Inferno (red) increases your grenade capacity, and Command (green) does the same for missiles. The last of five DLC skins mentioned is the Metal Gear Solid 4 Raiden (MGS4 Raiden) body suit. Codes for MGS4 Raiden are issued out in Japan only to gamers who tweeted their impressions of the games demo (downloadable now on the Japanese PlayStation store) in a Twitter campaign organised by Konami.

Source: akibaranger.jp, @techwin009

Raiden cosplays as Gray Fox and his MGS4 self in this new Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance trailer
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/metal-gear-rising-revengeanceraiden-cosplays-gray-fox-custom-body-trailer/ By KarbyP on January 11th, 2013

Although currently the MGR:R demo is downloadable only on the Japanese PSN Store (but otherwise made available worldwide as a bonus included with Zone of the Enders HD Collection), Kojima Productions have said that theyre planning to make the demo downloadable on PSN and Xbox Live in the Western world sometime in January. As for the body suit DLC codes, in the US and Europe they will be doled out in similar pre-order campaigns for the highly-anticipated action title. The details vary per region, but in general gamers will receive different body suit DLC codes depending on which retailer they pre-order from, as well as the edition of MGR:R theyre buying. METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Megpoid the Music: 2nd gameplay video, 3 new songs unveiled


Raiden masquerades as MGS1s cyborg ninja Gray Fox in this new trailer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance that was uploaded to the Web today. The so-called Custom Body chapter trailer also offers a brief look at four other DLC custom body suits namely, the White Armor, Inferno Armor, Command Armor, and MGS4 Raiden costumes. Ganers in Japan receive the Gray Fox skin as long as they snag a first-print copy of the game in any edition including the digitally-downloadable version sold through the PlayStation store. Konami Japan describes availability for the Gray Fox body suit DLC codes as while stocks last.
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Everything lyrics, song, and illustrations you see and hear in the video below were done by 40mP.

Raid of Glass (song: maya) A song about the pains of falling in love. Song produced by maya. Illustrations in the original music video you see below were done by Kanae Fujishiro (), and the video itself was put together by Nyto. Megpoid the Music (read as Megpoid the Music Sharp) for the PSP comes out in Japan on March 28, 2013. Megpoid the Music Official Site

First trailer of Gundam Unicorn Episode 6 released, expect more battle scenes
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/trailer-gundam-unicorn-episode-6released-expect-battle-scenes/ By sentinel011 on January 11th, 2013

Watch Vocaloid Gumi strut her stuff to Megu Megu Fire Endless Night in this second Megpoid the Music gameplay video that developer ParaPhray has uploaded today. Also shared today: the titles of three more songs from the games featured track-list. Music videos embedded after the jump.

Megu Megu Fire Endless Night () Song lyrics, composition and arrangement by Vocaloid producer samfree. Nearing the climax of the Gundam Unicorn saga, episode 6 has its first trailer released yesterday on Bandais AnimeChannel youtube page.

Note: the following three music video seen below are selfpublished works first uploaded to Japanese video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga, and not representations of what players will see in Megpoid the Music

Ama no Jaku / A Born Coward (, song by 164) A powerful song about unrequited love from renowned Vocaloid producer164, thats seen over two million views on Nico Nico Douga. Illustrator Takumi Torigoe provided the illustration seen in the video below. The movie, titled Two Worlds, Two Tomorrows, features their first trailer with Banshee having new equipment, and Minerva is spotted wearing the Neo Zeon military attire. The movie will have a worldwide premiere broadcast over Playstation Network on 2 March 2013. Countries covered are USA, Canada, United Kingdom and France. For Zune/Xbox Live, it covers a greater area, on top of the countries mentioned earlier, viewers from Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Mexico will be able to catch the movie. For Singapore, Bandai South Asia has released a campaign for fans to catch the movie for an exclusive 1 time only
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Kiritorisen / Cutting Line (. song by 40mP) In 40mPs (read as 40-meter-P) Kiritorisen, Gumi sings about the bitter-sweet subject of love to a tune composed of light-hearted melodies.

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screening by purchasing selected gunpla. More information within their facebook post. DVD and Blu-ray sales will commence from 22 March 2013.

Toyota has announced earlier this Wednesday on 9 January on commercializing the production of the Toyota Auris. It is no ordinary production, as it is a collaboration between Mobile Suit Gundams iconic antagonist, Char Aznable and his trademark red. Decked out in custom fins, vents and a Zaku II styled antenna, the Toyota Auris Char Aznable Custom will also have custom decals and styling on the chassis. The both the interior and exterior will have the Toyota logo replaced by the iconic Zeon logo from the anime series. The original voice actor for Char Aznable, Shuichi Ikeda, graced the product announcement as well, together with a model dressed as the character. The Toyota Auris Char Aznable Custom is scheduled to be on sale within Japan by end 2013. It is still unknown if this particular model will have a limited run, or if the car will be launched globally. Char Aznable fans with driving licences will surely put the Toyota Auris into their check list of items to purchase, granted that this is arguably their most expensive to date.

Fans can expect to purchase Toyota Auris Char Aznable Custom by end 2013
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/fans-expect-purchase-toyota-aurischar-aznable-custom-2013/ By sentinel011 on January 11th, 2013

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Location: Tokyo International Forum, Hall A Time: Doors open 14:00, concert begins 15:00 Ticket price: 8400 yen (begins selling March 7) Singers: Yuki Kajiura/FictionJunction (Kaori Oda, Yuriko Kaida, Wakana, Keiko) Kalafina (Wakana, Keiko, Hikaru) FictionJunction YUUKA (Yuuka Nanri) Source: Response Emily Bindiger (Fiction II, Pandora Hearts OST, SIGN OST, Anime Expo 2003) Yuri Kasahara (Noir OST, Mai-Otome OST, Fiction, Rekishi Hiwa Historia OST) Hanae Tomaru (RHH OST, Mai-Hime OST, Kara no Kyoukai OST, Kalafina background chorus) Eri Itou (Tsubasa OST, RHH OST, Xenosaga OST, YK live vol. 2) Musicians: Flute: Rie Akagi Guitar: Koichi Korenaga Drums: Kyoichi Satou Bass: Tomoharu Jr Takahashi Violin: Hitoshi Konno Keyboard: Hirotaka Sakurada Many Anison fans would have heard of artistes like Kalafina, Fictionjunction, and Yuuka Nanri. Yuki Kajiura, the matriarch who composes all of the artistes music, will be having her 10th concert this coming May. The famed composer produced many soundtracks of anime titles such as .//Hack, Madoka Magica, Mai HiME, Kara no Kyoukai and Fate/Zero. Her past concerts have set lists that include both theme songs and soundtrack titles. The concert will feature many singers who have collaborated with Kajiura. Manipulator: Yoshio Ohira Source: FictionJunction

Details of Yuki Kajiuras 10th concert Kaji Fes 2013 released


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/details-yuki-kajiuras-10th-concertkaji-fes-2013-released/ By sentinel011 on January 11th, 2013

The concert will be held at Tokyo International Forum, Hall A on 11 May 2013. Ticket sales will commence from 7 March, and are priced at 8,400 yen per ticket. Full details as follows: Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol.10 Kaji Fes.2013! Date: 11 May 2013
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SeaAs 1st album to be released in Japan March 27


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/seaa-1st-album-march-27/ By KarbyP on January 15th, 2013

Source: Natalie

Fate/Extra CCCs 6th short movie: Caster returns from the first game, finds herself strapped in a new costume
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/fateextra-ccc-6th-short-moviecaster/ By KarbyP on January 14th, 2013

Southeast Asia-based Anisong unit SeaA is cutting its first album, record label Lantis announced today. The four-girl units first album will be released in Japan on March 27. SeaAs first album will feature all four of their singles released so far, as well as a couple of additional songs thus far only included in editions released outside of Japan. In all, this album release includes a total of 10 songs. Three of the four members in SeaA Beryl, Valerie and Estelle were born and bred in Singapore. The three of them are joined by Malaysian gal Wynnie, and all four of them were scouted to form the Anisong unit when they were working at the maid cafe booth at Anime Festival Asia 2008 here in Singapore. Since then, their songs have been featured as opening or ending themes to anime titles such as Cardfight!! Vanguard and Toriko. Here at SGCafe we previously did an interview with SeaAs girls back in 2011. Caster is one of five selectable Servants in Imageepoch and Type-Moons upcoming and oft-delayed PSP JRPG Fate/

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Extra CCC, a sequel to the original Fate/Extra in which Caster was also a selectable Servant. In both games, the story is set in a virtual world where you, the Main Character (name and gender up to you) must team up with a Servant in order to fight against the dangers in the computer world including other similar Masters and their Servants. Fate/Extra CCCs new short movie, which weve embedded below, reveals that Caster returns in this sequel in a costume thats way more revealing than before. Why is that? Well, Caster doesnt really know in the video she says that she found herself strapped in this new costume from the moment she was summoned into this world and awoke.

January 14. But again, the streamed episodes with English subtitles are accessible only in the States theyre IPblocked. But you know whats not IP-blocked? Twitter. Also, Dengeki Online, where you can go to download these awesome Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- ( ) Twitter icons. Theres 14 of them in total petite idol versions of all 13 of the series main stars, plus that of Kotori Otonashi, the office clerk in 765 Productions (pronounced Namco Productions due to an alternate reading for the numbers in Japanese). If you want to download the entire zip file containing all 14 Twitter profile icons, head over to Dengeki Onlines story, and hit the giant pink button that has funny moon language on it. Alternatively, weve listed the icons here in our gallery, and titled them accordingly just in case you dont know the names of these petite Idolm@ster creatures (theyre kept as pets by the characters in the main series), and youd like to find out.

Fate/Extra CCC for the PSP is scheduled to be released in Japan on March 28.

These Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- Twitter icons are not IP-blocked


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/puchimas-petit-idolmster-twittericons-ip-blocked/ By KarbyP on January 14th, 2013

In Japan, Net anime Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- is streamed daily (each episode is only about two minutes long) on Nico Nico Douga and Animate TV both of which are IPblocked and accessible only from within Japan. In the US, FUNimation announced that they will be streaming the Idolm@ster spin-off series, starting today,
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Get physical with Oda Nobuna no Yabou-inspired cycling jerseys


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/physical-oda-nobuna-yabouinspired-cycling-jerseys/ By ellehaym on January 14th, 2013

The Oda Nobuna no Yabou (The Ambition of Oda Nobuna) anime franchise is targeting cyclists with its latest merchandise. AmiAmi has begun taking pre-orders for their red longsleeved and green short-sleeved cycling gears. Both jerseys are designed with Oda Nobuna at the front part and the characters of the anime series at the back. The long-sleeved one costs 11,730 JPY (around 131 USD). The short-sleeved gear, on the other hand, costs 9,980 JPY (about 112 USD).

There are also a couple more screen captures from the actual Puchimas! anime series over at Dengekis story, so go there if you want to check those out. For more information on Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster-, check out our previous coverage of the series here. Source: Dengeki Online

Both unisex cycling gears come with thee pockets at the back. The character and hobby online shop has also commenced pre-orders for bicycle wheel and frame stickers that you can use to pimp your ride and transform it into an itachari (a bike with anime or game inspired designs usually seen in Akihabara). The sticker for the wheel costs 7,540 JPY (around 84 USD) and comes in two designs, while the bike frame sticker set costs 2,500 JPY (28 USD).

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You get both the old and new schools of Tales of RPG gameplay in one package. That is, if you pick up a first-print edition copy of PS Vita JRPG Tales of Hearts R on day one. The first-print edition comes with a download code for Tales of Hearts R Infinite Evolve, a reworked version of the 2D battle system from the original DS game Tales of Hearts whose gameplay is more similar to that of the older Tales games in the 90s. In later titles, however, when the Namco Tales Studio development team decided to switch to 3D graphics for its games, they also added the ability for the player to move around in the 3D field during enemy encounters, although the fighting is still locked to a 2D plane. The Tales of Hearts R main game, a remake of the DS JRPG, is built on this second style of play. For comparisons sake, heres what the 2D gameplay in Tales of Hearts (2008) on the Nintendo DS used to look like: Whats especially interesting about Tales of Hearts R Infinite Evolve is that characters included in this bonus game do not simply stop at Hearts. From the video above you can clearly see that Infinite Evolve will include gues characters such as Lloyd Irving (Tales of Symphonia, PS2/ GameCube), Yuri Lowell (Tales of Vesperia Ps3/X360), Jade Curtiss (Tales of the Abyss, PS2/3DS), and Stahn Aileron (Tales of Destiny, PS1/PS2). Who else would you want to see included as selectable party members in Infinity Evolve? Tales of Hearts R for the PlayStation Vita comes out in Japan and Asia on March 7, 2013.

All products are slated for a late April release. Oda Nobuna no Yabou is a historical comedy anime that retells the Sengoku era of Japan. The series, however, replaces the powerful landlords and warriors with beautiful female characters. It was adapted from a light novel by Mikage Kasuga with illustrations by Miyama-Zero. The anime series ran from July to September last year. Source: Crunchyroll

Tales of Hearts Rs (PS Vita) first-print edition comes with Infinite Evolve bonus game [Video]
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Evangelions Unit-01 and Angels go under a Sanrio makeover


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Each polycarbonate casing costs 1,980 JPY (around 22 USD). This isnt the first time an Evangelion x Hello Kitty collaboration has happened. Last year, boxer briefs were offered by the official Evangelion store. The underwear designs featured Hello Kitty as Rei and Asuka. Source: , RocketNews24 Its impressive how the Japanese never ever run out of exotic ideas. I mean, who would have thought that the terrifying EVA Unit-01 could turn into something so kawaii? Legendary anime franchise Evangelion is collaborating with Sanrio to offer fans a variety of extraordinarily cute merchandise. Without further ado, I now present to you their latest offering: heres Hello Kitty as EVA Unit-01!

Kyary appears in selfdesigned Furisode kimono at Shibuyas Coming-of-Age ceremony


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This plushie can be pre-ordered from ZOZOTOWN. It costs 2,100 JPY (around 23 USD). And if you cant get enough of this purple Hello Kitty plushie, you can get its miniature version in a form of a keychain which costs 1,050 (about 12 USD). Shipping of both products will commence around mid-March. Thats not the only result of the unlikely collaboration. We all know that Sanrio is famous for turning anything into something cute. And now, even the monstrous Angels have become adorable. Strap-ya, an online shop offering mobile phone accessories based in Kanagawa, is currently offering iPhone 5 cases with designs of Hello Kitty as EVA Unit-01 together with chibi versions of the Angels wearing Hello Kittys red ribbon. Goodness! Even the Spear of Longinus, which crashed into was displayed in Tokyo last month, has a ribbon tied on it. Check them out: Todays a public holiday in Japan. Specifically, its Comingof-Age Day. A day when the entire nation congregates at coming-of-age ceremonies held at local or prefectoral offices to congratulate those who would be turning 20 the age of adulthood over there in the new year.

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As one of those would-be-twenty-year-olds, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - who turns 20 on January 29 this year was invited to perform at the coming-of-age ceremony in Tokyos Shinjuku ward (25), held at the wards town hall. Before the ceremonial rites began, there was also a brief press conference where Kyary greeted Japanese media in a shocking-pink furisode (a long-sleeved kimono) that she designed herself, and spoke at length on a number of topics. First, the media asked Kyary to share what the concept behind her furisode dress design was. Its image is themed after the cosmos, the bubbly performer said. And there are planets on the obi sashs design (note: an obi sash being the cloth belt that fastens the kimono). As Ill be going on a world tour beginning in February, it feels like Im spreading my wings and flapping them all across the universe. So theres a unicorn pattern on it. [To sum it up, the motif is] unicorn and cosmos. Once that was decided, I wanted to go with my favourite shocking pink colour, and aimed to design it in a way that would make me stand out as the flashiest new adult in Japan! Kyary cheekily said.

At the same time, however, the 19-year-old performer also expressed her regret in not being able to participate in the days after-hours drinking parties, since theres still two more weeks to go before shes officially 20 years old, the legal age at which the Japanese can buy and consume alcoholic drinks. I cant go to drinking parties yet, so later on Ill just be attending the after-event party, and head home after that. Which is too bad, because Im no good around strangers, and Id really like to borrow the power of sake (alcohol) so that I can talk with them more! *Laughs* Kyary also commented briefly on her look and costume for her upcoming single Furisodation. Up till now Ive had a lot of looks where Im sporting twintails. But this time around its my first-time going with a ponytail. Personally for me, that in itself [the change in hairstyle] is my first step as an grown-up.

Turning 20 and becoming a full-fledged adult is clearly a big deal to her. Wearing a furisode is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so right now Im extremely elated just being able to wear it! Kyary continued with a sparkling smile on her face.

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Perfume official world fanclub starts payment registration, receives Doraemon styled versions of themselves
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/perfume-official-world-fanclubstarts-payment-registration-receives-doraemon-styled-versions/ By sentinel011 on January 14th, 2013

Fans of Perfume all over the world can now officially take part in Perfumes fanclub registration, or at least, be able to make payment for their membership. In the official P.T.A world fanclub site, one can begin their annually membership subscription payment starting from today. However, the official commencement of the membership will begin on 13 February 2013, 9PM, GMT +9. If in the event that you are already a P.T.A fanclub member, you need not register again, as the fanclubs perks and privileges remain the same, if not better. The yearly membership is priced at 1,200 yen. Ironically, fans who have pre-registered on the site last year did not receive any information about the commencement of the subscription payment. At press time, 330 fans have made payment to their membership.

Speaking of grown-ups, the press wanted to know who Kyary feels is the one female grown-up (keep in mind that in the Japanese context, grown-up or adult basically means over 20-years-old) that she admires the most. To that, Kyary responded by naming female artiste Yuki, formerly the lead vocalist of Japanese punk-rock band Judy and Mary and whos currently pursuing her solo singing career. Even after she got married and gave birth to a baby, shes nonetheless still shining brightly as a star and solo artiste as before, continuing to exude that charm of hers which I love. Lastly, when asked about her outlook for the new year, Kyary said: In 2012, I was invited to go on Kouhaku [NHK Red And White Year-End Song Festival], appear in commercials, and as a result many people got to know through watching the TV that this person called Kyary Pamyu Pamyu exists, or so I think that was how 2012 went. As for 2013, as a solo artiste I want to focus even more on my music, and give it my all with that. Kyary Pamyu Pamyus new double-A-side single, Kimi ni 100 Percent/Furisodation, comes out on January 30. The accomplished fashion blogger, model, and TV host will also be here in Singapore sometime in 2013 as part of her musical world tour. Source: Natalie

On a recent Doraemon episode, a snippet of Perfumes upcoming single Mirai no Museum was featured as the ending theme, with the girls being portrayed in Doraemons art style. Perfume has mentioned that it was a dream for them to be featured in a childhood anime, especially one such as Doraemon. [EDIT] Thanks to a fan in the local community for clarifying the pre-registration, and that it was only to declare interest. The actual benefit was an email to tell fans about the details of the implementation of the worldwide fanclub wallpaper. It stated on the site itself at the bottom of the page that the actual registration will open on 14 January onwards, and if fans register before 13th February, they will be able to watch the P.T.A. TV Live 5 hour special broadcast online on the 13th of February. In short, anybody can register and pay for P.T.A. World fanclub starting from today, and not just applicable to those who pre-registered. Registrants will receive a member ID
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and temporary password which they can use when the fanclub site activates all membership accounts later in February. Each membership lasts a year, from 14 February 2013 till 13 Febuary 2014. However, each membership will last up till 13 February 2014, where membership costs are subjected to change. The site explains that regardless on when you have registered during that year, the membership costs will remain at 1,200 yen.

Hitman gets real with two great fan videos


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/hitman-real-great-fan-videos/ By sentinel011 on January 14th, 2013

So you have played Hitman Absolution over the holidays. Guns ablazing or sneaky and silent? Whichever your choice, these videos will surely amaze and amuse you with their take on what it takes to be Agent 47. Two fan productions (pretty famous among the netizens actually) created their own style of Hitman flair, both with great production quality and direction. Freddie Wong has done loads of video game spoofs on his youtube channel freddiew, mostly involving guns and action. Together with Brandon Laatsch, they made fanboys wet dreams come true. almost. Spoofing the different play styles of gamers controlling Agent 47 in their missions, which video director and producer Michael Shanks blatantly labels as Professional and Idiot. And he does it with graphic novel filters, a la Kill Bill style. Which Agent 47 do you like better?

If you like slice-of-life comedy anime series like Lucky Star and K-On!, then make sure to keep a lookout for Yuyushiki anime when it goes on the air in Japan sometime in April (starting with Tokyo MX). Adapted from the four-panel comic of the same name thats currently serialised in Manga Time Kirara magazine, Yuyushiki is a story about essentially nothing, as many such slice-of-life gag comedy shows are often about, revolving around the lives of three high-school girls who are all members of their schools data processing club (). Yuyushikire-unites two of the leading voice actresses in YuruYuri: Rumi Okubo (Chinatsu) as Yuzuko Nonohara the simple-minded and naive one of the trio, and Minami Tsuda (Yui) who now plays Yui Ichii, the seriess comic relief. They are joined by Risa Taneda (From the New Worlds Saki) who plays the Yukari Hinata the chief of the data processing club. A new promo video for the upcoming anime was first shown to attendees at the recent Comic Market 83 event held in Makuhari Messe from December 29 to 31, 2012, but did not make its way to the vast, almighty medium we call the Interwebs back then. This week, it finally has:

Yuyushiki: watch the upcoming high school sliceof-life comedy animes Comiket 83 promo
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/yuyushiki-anime-preview/

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Production credits Production: Kinema Citrus (Code:Breaker, Bottom Biting Bug) Director: Kaori Series Composition: Moyashimon) Natsuko Takahashi (Bleach,

Character Design: Hisayuki Tabata Art Director: Hiroshi Kato Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa Color Design: Nobuko Mizuta Director of Photography: Yu Wakabayashi Main Animators: Majiro, Keisuke Kojima Sound Production: Exit Tunes Voice cast Yuzuko: Rumi Ookubo (YuruYuris Chinatsu) Yui: Minami Tsuda (YuruYuris Yui) Yukari: Risa Taneda (From the New Worlds Saki) Source: Crunchyroll

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Modding made easy using HD parts with these tips from Gundam.info
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/modding-easy-hd-parts-tipsgundam-info/ By sentinel011 on January 17th, 2013

Most local gunpla builders are casual builders who simply snap build and display their creations. However, those who are more equipped with some basic skills and tools such as sanding, spray cans and probably a basic airbrush set could try these tips out. Many Mobile Suits have a certain menacing flair when they are equipped with propellant tanks (other than the fact that theoretically they are able to move further and waste less fuel on transport than during battle). With this mod, you can spruce up your space-type mobile suits, or even multi-purpose suits!

Beam saber poses always look cool. One just cant settle with a normal beam saber provided in the Master Grade kits. To amp it up, pick up this useful tip to make your beam blades look even better.

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The contrast of this modification owes no less due to the ability to separate the various parts just on 1 vernier, making paint jobs on it much easier (no more masking!)

Most of the hands provided by the stock kits have ugly looking fists that look rather dull. The HD hands series provides additional detail that will look great on any kit. Be sure to check on the scale and type of the HD hands you are getting for your kit!

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One Piece Film Z sails to Asia in Jan/Feb; Toei licensing director hopes to take it worldwide
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/one-piece-film-z-sails-to-asiadirector-hopes-for-worldwide/ By KarbyP on January 17th, 2013

Mentioned in most of the tutorials are what it seems to be a gripper. How do you obtain one? Well, theres a cheap (and almost free) way to create your own. Parts Gripper (makes 2) Materials needed: - 2 empty ballpoint pens - 1 pair of disposable chopsticks - Some masking tape, double-sided tape or foam tape - Super glue (optional) Step 1: remove the ink tube and pen nib from the ballpoint pens housing. Keep the pen housing. Step 2: insert 1 of the chopsticks into the housing of the ballpoint pen. If the housing is too big, use super glue onto the chopsticks to fix it into place. Step 3: Pull the masking tape, reverse it and wrap it around the pen housing. The masking tape will act as an adhesive surface for the Gripper. You can easily find these items around your house, so go ahead and experiment with making your own tools! Source: Gundam.info After spending four weeks and grossing over six billion yen (~US$67,509,324) at the box office in Japan, Toei Animations hit anime movie One Piece Film Z is setting sail to five countries in Asia. In order of premiere dates: Taiwan (January 25), Singapore (February 1), Hong Kong (February 14), Thailand and South Korea (dates undecided). The Singapore premiere date, in particular, is surprising to us, and not just because its approximately two weeks from now. Its surprising to us because the date listed by Toei Animation in their press release to Japanese press is different from the one listed here in Singapore One Piece Film Z is scheduled to premiere at Cathay cinemas February 21, 2013. At the moment we do not know yet where the anime movie will be shown on February 1 in Singapore, if Toeis statement to the Japanese press is to be believed. Chances are, the February 1 date refers to a limited sneak peak or preview for the new anime film. The five Asian territories listed above may not be the only countries in the region to see a theatrical release for One Piece Film Z. Although at the moment these five are the only confirmed ones, Toei Animation reveals that they have also received offers to screen the film in other Asian countries from various movie distributors.
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Outside of Asia, Toei Animations Iriya Azuma, director of the anime studios global licensing business department, also hopes to bring One Piece Film Z to Europe, America, and the rest of the world. In Japan alone its proven to be a huge box office record so far. And so wed like to ride on the vigour of that success, and bring it outside of Japan not just to Asia, but also to Europe and the Americas. We hope that the movie can set sail on a grand voyage to destinations everywhere, and connect the world, he told the Japanese press. Source: Yahoo! Japan News

Perfume undergoes the Doraemon drawing treatment for Mirai no Museum CD Jacket
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/perfume-undergoes-doraemondrawing-treatment-mirai-museum-cd-jacket/ By KarbyP on January 17th, 2013

Regular Edition

Fans who pre-order Mirai no Museum in Japan will receive a special CD Jacket sticker, the design of which will be different depending on if youve picked up the limited or the regular edition. Although no images for the stickers have yet been published, it is said that the stickers designs are based on the respective CD jacket art. Mirai no Museum is the theme song to the Doraemon 2013 anime movie, Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum, due to be released in theatres in Japan March 9, 2013 which is also the same date that Perfumes single is slated to come out on. Samples images of the CD Jacket covers for Japanese electro-pop group Perfumes forthcoming single, Mirai no Museum, have just been published on the Web. Heres what the first-print limited and regular editions of the CD single looks like: Limited Edition Currently Mirai no Museum is also used as the ending theme for the Doraemon TV anime series that airs in Japan Fridays at 7PM (GMT+0900 hours) on TV Asahi, as a means to promote the forthcoming anime film. Doraemon, the anime franchise about a blue robotic cat who hails from the future, has seen a new anime film almost every year since 1980 (the only exception was 2005). Read more stories about Japanese electro-pop trio Perfume here on SGCafe!
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EVANGELION x audio technica limited edition Inear headphones sighted in Harajuku EVA STORE
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/evangelion-audio-technica-limitededition-in-ear-headphones-sighted-harajuku-eva-store/ By sentinel011 on January 17th, 2013

The EVA Store also stocks some pretty handy lifestyle goods as well. Everyone has probably heard of the crazy snowstorm in Tokyo that came as sudden as it went. What better way than to have an umbrella with designs that resembles EVA-01s colour scheme.

With the new year comes new stuff, and the EVA Store in Harajuku sure knows how to entice its fans to purchase some of its products. Audio Technica has collaborated with the Evangelion franchise before, and back in 2007 they created limited edition headphones from their popular ATH-M50 headphone line.

Last but not least, a spectacle case to protect your geek-creed spectacles, with 2 different designs. We prefer the Angellike motifs that are inspired by typical Japanese new years designs. Of course, hardcore EVA-01 fans will pick the other. This year, instead of relying on headphones, they are looking at another kind of headphones the in-ear types. Sporting a classy cool blue look, the A.T.EVA HQ-3.0 IEMs are produced by Evangelions very own musical score producer Sagisu Shiro. This limited edition model comes with a box with SEELE-inspired motifs, which houses the pair of inears and a shirt. Price is currently unknown, but it has already begin pre-orders at the store.

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promotional sentai cafe will stay open until February 17, 2013. As of post time, pictures of the cafe interior have not yet surfaced, so we dont know if the decor has been done up to match the look of the Sentai cafe in the show. On the other hand, the menu for the Akibaranger Cafe Delusion Base () is suitably Sentai-themed, as you can see below:

Which of these items do you think youll end up purchasing if they are available in your country of residence?

Akibaranger Cafe opens in Japan Real-world Japan


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/akibaranger-cafe-opens-japan/ By JLZeta on January 16th, 2013

There also appears to be a set of Z-Cune Aoi badges with 5 different designs available; the information on the cafes website seems to indicate that the badges are free presents for patrons of the cafe (specifically, one badge for every patron who orders from the Sentai menu). Nijiyome Academy Z-Cune Aoi ( ) is a fictional (or metafictional, if you prefer) anime series featured in Akibaranger, much like Getsumento Heiki Mina ( ) from the TV Drama adaptation of Densha Otoko ().

No new information on the 2nd season has been released since the announcement, but its definitely nice to see the series getting some recognition after such a long break. Perhaps the dream of becoming an official Sentai for the shows protagonists isnt that far off after all? The delusion keeps getting bigger! How much bigger? Its invading into real-world Japan (as opposed to the shows fictional setting thats based on real-world Japan). In order to promote the upcoming second season of Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger (), a Super Sentaithemed cafe has opened in Japans Akihabara district. The The Akibaranger Cafe, held at the B1 floor of Paselas Akihabara Electric Town branch (Google Maps link here), will be open from now till February 17; opening hours are from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM JST.

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Source: JEFusion, Official website

First look: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Pluss day-one DLC costumes (pre-order bonus)
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/look-ninja-gaiden-sigma-2-pluss-psvita-pre-order-bonus-dlc-costumes/ By KarbyP on January 16th, 2013

Feast your eyes on this set of special DLC costumes that gamers who pre-order Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus (PS Vita) in Japan will receive on day one, in the form of a redeemable download code, Famitsu reports. Thats Ayane in her Player 2 (P2) costume from Dead or Alive 5, Rachel cosplaying as a fiend of sorts (not too sure if this is a costume from some other NG title), and Momiji in an alternate costume that has purple highlights instead of red. Again, Im not sure if this particular Momiji costume is from some other game where she was featured its definitely not in Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge for the Wii U, that much we know. To see what the Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus heroines original costumes look like, check out this batch of screenshots for the game over here. Take a closer look below. Dont be shy now; they dont bite. Although Ayane wont even bat an eyelash before slicing off your arm if you dare try to be naughty.

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Famitsus story on Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus this week also recapped on included some information on the two new modes being included in the PS Vita port: Ninja Race and Tag Missions. Unfortunately, it appears that none of the information Famitsu has is new. Weve already written quite a bit about both modes in our previous story here. Although the Famitsu story does clarify an error we made in reporting previously in Tag Missions, two of the games protagonists will appear on the battlefield simultaneously (we said all four). At any point in time the player will control one of the pair of characters on-screen, while the CPU will take charge of the other. The point of this mode is to play in a way that covers each others weaknesses, Famitsu says. You will also be able to freely switch between both characters anytime. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus for the PlayStation Vita is slated to be released in Japan February 28. Release dates for US and Europe have not yet been announced. Source: Famitsu

The Active Time Battle system is back with the largest parties in Final Fantasy history! Final Fantasy: All the Bravest is a touch-action RPG in which you continuously battle enemies to advance through the games many stages. Defeating foes earns you the experience points you need to level up, which in turns grants you character slots to add more and more members to your party. Combat is based on the classic Active Time Battle (ATB) system of the Final Fantasy series. Every character possesses an ATB gauge that displays the time remaining until that character can execute an action. When the gauge is full, simply tap or drag your finger over the character to attack. Touch multiple characters in quick succession to experience exhilarating and fast-paced battle unlike anything youve ever played before! Once every three hours, the Fever option will appear. Once activated, you will be able to attack without waiting for ATB gauges to refill as long as the chocobo-themed music is playing. Deal as much damage as you can before the battle fever ends! Characters, enemies, and music from throughout the Final Fantasy series! Progress through the game to unlock over 20 different classic jobs, including warrior, monk, red mage, and more! Each job brings its own special abilities to the battleground, where you will encounter timeless Final Fantasy foes such as behemoths, bombs, and cactuars. At the end of each stage waits a harrowing encounter with a fiendish Final Fantasy boss! The games musical library comes packed with over 30 songs from the series, the majority of which are themes from battle. The perfect soundtrack to listen to as your crush your enemies and see them driven before you! Track your collection of every character, enemy, and item with in-game catalogs! The games three catalogs will keep a record of every character that joins your ranks, every enemy you encounter, and every item you obtain. Collect them all and open the catalogs to flip through the nostalgia whenever you like! Take part in leaderboards and social networking features! Global leaderboards will rank players based on stats such as the amount of damage dealt in the course of a single Fever. You will also be able to track progress and other feats using the games achievement system. Social networking features allow you to post directly to Facebook and Twitter, and reward you for doing so by granting additional member slots. Post and tweet away to increase the size of your party for battle! Purchase premium characters and new game worlds! The in-game shop offers access to 35 famous characters from a number of FINAL FANTASY titles. Each purchase ensures you will receive a new, random character. Which powerful favorites will you have join your party? You are also able
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Square Enixs 1.17 teaser site is for iOS game Final Fantasy All the Bravest [launch trailer video]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/square-enix-1-17-teaser-site-finalfantasy-all-the-bravest-ios/ By KarbyP on January 16th, 2013

Final Fantasy All the Bravest, a a touch-action RPG in which you continuously battle enemies to advance through the games many stages, is out right now for the iOS. Heres the launch trailer in both English and Japanese. Currently, Final Fantasy All the Bravest is only available in New Zealands regional iTunes app store. The game app will gradually make its way across the regional stores for the rest of the world. Whats Final Fantasy All the Bravest? From the iTunes pages description:

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to purchase additional game stages from Final Fantasy VII, X, and XIII. Board airships bound for new worlds where further adventures await! Check this post again in a bit for more information on Final Fantasy All the Bravest, including how much it retails for on the iTunes app store in Singapore.

Pre-orders for the 1/7th Scale Racing Miku: 2012 ver. begin
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/pre-orders-17th-scale-racingmiku-2012-ver/ By ellehaym on January 16th, 2013

This 2013, another brilliant item is coming to Hatsune Miku fans. Are you currently growing your figure collection of the famous Vocaloid diva? Then heres the good news: Good Smile Companys partner stores have begun taking preorders for the dynamic 1/7th Scale Racing Miku: 2012 ver. Known as the The diva who lit up the 2012 racing circuit, Racing Miku is the official mascot of the 2012 GT Project. The figure is fixed at a very striking pose. It stands approximately 260 mm tall. As described in Mikatans Blog, the 1/7th Scale Racing Miku 2012 ver. looks as if it could jump to life at any second. Miku wears a shiny race queen outfit, holds a racing flag and stands on a single leg. Her elegantly long twin tails twist and turn in a gorgeous fashion. She has a beaming smile and sexy curves. Check out the 1/7th Scale Racing Miku: 2012 ver. at various angles:

The stunning PVC figure of the popular digital diva can be pre-ordered from shops such as AmiAmi, CDJapan, Hobby Search and Hobby Link Japan. Prices vary per online store, but the original retail price is 12,800 JPY. The 1/7th Scale Racing Miku: 2012 ver. is sculpted by Shunji Hagii and manufactured by FREEing. It is slated for a release in June. Source: Mikatans Blog (English Version)

Limited Edition Fire Emblem Awakening Nintendo 3DS


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/limited-edition-fire-emblemawakening-nintendo-3ds/

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If you cant wait for the offical launch, you can try out a demo of the game in the Nintendo eShop on January 17. For more info, please visit Fire Emblem Awakenings website. Source: fireemblem.nintendo.com, engadget.com

Exclusive: Ebisu Muscats press conference


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/exclusive-ebisu-muscats-pressconference/ By sentinel011 on January 16th, 2013

Fans of the Fire Emblem series, you finally can put a dragon (or two) on you Nintendo 3DS. Literally. With the launching of the eleventh original game of the Fire Emblem series on February 4, it will be released with a limited edition Nintendo 3DS, which is emblazoned with a stylish Fire Emblem artwork and with the game preinstalled. The bundle also comes with a 4GB SD card, with a suggested retail price of US$199.

Those not familiar with the series, Fire Emblem is a turn based tactical RPG, where the player must move their characters within a grid. The game involves moving characters into positions in order to attack the opposing enemy side, or defend against their attacks. Battles are won by attacking the opposing side until all characters have lost all of their health points, before the same happens to the players side. With Awakening, you will walk through the game with beautiful 3D visuals and movies. Get ready to expect not only a massive cast of characters, all with unique stories, different class types and skill sets, but also new gameplay mechanics. From launch day onwards, additional maps will be available for purchase via online download. The first downloadable map will be free for a limited time and will be followed by additional maps on a weekly basis. Players will be able to access the downloadable content through the in-game world map.

Many guys would have heard about Ebisu Muscats, regardless of its members individually or as a group through various sources. But not many have the chance to be able to meet them in person, as SGCafe was able to attend the press conference of the idol group earlier today. Held somewhere within Resorts World Sentosa, nine of the ladies came to the stage for an introduction of themselves as well as a quick Q&A session with the media presented at the press conference. Question: Welcome to Singapore! First off, what are your impressions of Singapore thus far? Ebisu Muscats: It is a very clean country, and the people very warm and nice towards us! Q: Why is Singapore being picked as one of the slots for your Asia Tour? EB: Because we love Singapore! :laughs: Q: What do you think of the fans in Singapore? EB: There are a lot of comments from fans in Singapore, and through their response and comments, we have the impression that the fans here are very warm and friendly!

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idols. Another strong point is that each of our members have very individual personalities that appeal to different guys, like cute and energetic, matriarch/sister figure of the group, slightly ditsy, and so on. Q: Do you have different feeling performing at different locations during this Asia Tour? EB: It is currently winter in Japan and very very cold, while its humid in Singapore. Since South Korea was pretty much the same weather as Japan, we immediately felt relieved (from the cold) when we reached Singapore. Q: Any special beauty regimes to share with us? EB: Actually, I have gained a bit of weight recently :laughs: Just eat a lot, and sleep a lot. Q: Do you exercise everyday or have a workout regime? EB: We dont really exercise much, but we make extra effort to keep ourselves in top shape during preparation of our live concerts. The ladies were also asked on what sort of qualities they have on their ideal boyfriend, of which their response was a guy with a great smile, dressed well for the occasion and perhaps watching a sports match together; basically enjoying each others company. The the bubbly, cute and sexy Ebisu Muscats will be performing tomorrow live at the Star Performing Arts Theatre located within the vincinity of Buona Vista MRT, from 7PM onwards. Tickets are available at Sistic, and priced at S$188 (Meet & Greet), S$128, S$98, and S$68. The highest tier tickets applicable for the meet-and-greet are already sold out. Watch them perform and interact with everyone in the audience, and yes even you if you have gotten your tickets! Performing members include Rio, Akiho Yoshizawa, Yuma Asami, Minori Hatsune, Kaho Kasumi, Sho Nishino, Nanako Kodama, Ayako Yamanaka, Mui Kuriyama & Yuria Satomi. Dont miss their last performance ever as a group!

Q: What are the biggest challenge Ebisu Muscats have faced throughout its career? EB: As you know, it is Ebisu Muscats first time performing in Singapore, and thus we feel that not knowing the audiences response is one of the biggest challenges for us. We also hope that this is a chance to entertain the audience and make it an enjoyable and fun experience! Q: So for this tour, what have you prepared specially for Singapore fans? How long did it take to prepare for this Asia Tour? EB: Its a secret! :giggles: It took us 2 months to prepare this time for our Asia Tour. Q: It has been announced that Ebisu Muscats will be disbanding this coming April. What do you feel about the disbandment of the group? EB: To be honest, there have been many false rumour of our disbandment all these while, right up until recently where it is official. And it came as a surprise, since all these while many people have the impression that the official announcement might be just another rumour as well. Of course, all of us are a little sad about the news. But our mentor told us to treat it as a new beginning of our future careers, and to have a positive outlook on the challenges ahead. Q: In that case, why is it that Ebisu Muscats are disbanding at this point? EB: Our mentor has advised that it is optimal for us to disband while we are at our peak (of popularity). Q: Any future plans for your careers after disbanding? EB: We are happy to be travelling to Singapore as Ebisu Muscats, but we also hope to be able to do the same in the future individually regardless, and be able to perform in Singapore once more. Nishino Sho: Recently Ive been involved in a film based in Thailand. As I love to act, it would be really great if there are career opportunities to be able to act in Singapore as well.

Q: What is Ebisu Muscats charming point in attracting their fanbase? EB: In Japan, we are not only portrayed as a multi-talented idol group branded with the sexy image in mind, but also our forte in variety shows with comedic elements. For Singapore, we wish to portray ourselves as sexy, cute and multi-talented
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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Pre-orders for the game have already commenced. It will be available for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The official release date of Splinter Cell: Blacklist is August 22, 2013.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Watch this inauguration trailer


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/watch-splinter-cell-blacklistinauguration-trailer/ By ellehaym on January 18th, 2013

You may think that the president would go to extremes to defend the whole country from terrorist attacks. But no, that isnt always the case. At least, not in the fictional one shown in this Splinter Cell: Blacklist inauguration trailer. There are tons of troops, big tanks, weapons and explosives reserved. However, the truth is that the president only needs a clandestine unit that can act as the last line of defense. And that team is none other than the one led by Sam Fisher. Wondering why its called the inauguration trailer? Because the president promises the safety of the whole nation during the said event (and the countrys security is the premise behind upcoming Splinter Cell game). The games release may be months away from now, but in the meantime, you can enjoy the latest trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist: Heres how the story of the game goes: A group of terrorists has sent a threatening ultimatum called The Blacklist an escalating and deadly countdown of terrorist attacks. To maintain national security, the president has assigned Sam Fisher and his team to take down all the terrorists at all costs, and to stop the Blacklist before its countdown reaches zero.

Aliens: Colonial Marines to release worldwide February 12


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/aliens-colonial-marines-releasemonth/ By weiq on January 18th, 2013

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Both Limited and Collectors Edition can be pre-order on various online stores. So, what will you be doing on Valentines day? Source: facebook.com/aliensgames Aliens: Colonial Marines, the latest first-person shooter title in the sci-fi franchise, is finally being released worldwide for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, on February 12 (coincidentally, near Valentines day). In this latest addition to the series, gamers will fight an extra-terrestrial threat from the first-person point-of-view of a US Colonial Marine. An array of iconic weapons from the 1986 film can be accessed, such as shotgun, pulse rifle, and various RPGs. And who can forget the nervewrecking motion tracker, which long-time players of the game franchise both love and hate. A new competitive multiplayer mode has been introduced. Players not only get to choose to fight as the main protagonist, but also as the nastiest and deadliest life-form any man could encounter: the Xenomorphs.

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Strawberry White Kimono Version to be released during Wonder Festival 2013 (Winter)
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/nendoroid-snow-miku-strawberrywhite-kimono-version-released-festival-2013-winter/ By bj0rN on January 18th, 2013

To add to the excitement, the Limited and the Collectors Editions are available for pre-orders! In the Limited edition, players will get to immerse themselves in the games as the four characters from the original film, Not only that, you get to enhance your game character with additional customizations, and get access to Ripleys flamethrower! Cool huh? But thats not all, in the Collectors Edition, you not only get the contents from the Limited Edition, but also exclusive weapons and game levels. To top it off, every Collectors Edition will be packed with a high quality resin Powerloader vs Xenomorph figurine!

Snow Miku 2013 is slated to be released during the Wonder Festival 2013 (Winter). It will be on sale at the WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! 17 booth at Wonder Festival 2013 (Winter) on Sunday the 10th February 2013 with a limited quantity of 2000 pieces. You can also order it online at the Goodsmile Online Shop for those who are unable to get the figurine at the event from 10th February 2013, 17:00JST 18th February 2013, 21:00JST. Those who order their figurines from there will be expected to recieve it sometime in June 2013. The designs for the 2013 Snow Miku were submitted by fans to the piapro website and then a winner was chosen by viewers during a NicoNico Live Broadcast. Her veil is removable and she comes with two different hair styles to choose from. You can choose either her trademark twintails or with her hair tied up. Part for a sitting pose are also included and she also comes a number of accessories for a snowy day, including an umbrella, a toothpick and a snow bunny.

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1/8th scale figure of Akemi Homura from the anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica is slated to be released during the Wonder Festival 2013 (Winter). It will be on sale at the WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! 17 booth at Wonder Festival 2013 (Winter) on Sunday the 10th February 2013 with a limited quantity of 2000 pieces. But dont fret; you can also order it online at the Goodsmile Online Shop for those who are unable to get the figurine at the event from 10th February 2013, 17:00JST 18th February 2013, 21:00JST. Those who order their figurines from there will be expected to recieve it sometime in June 2013. She come with a number of replaceable parts which allow you to display her in all sorts of different poses. With that you can have her holding her bow, wearing Madokas red ribbon or you can change her hairstyle to have braids with her wearing glasses while holding a bomb or golf club. You get to enjoy both sides of Homura!

Dont forget to also check out the upcoming Snow Miku 2013 event! Subsequently, you can find out more about Snow Miku 2013 in her other various forms. Source: Goodsmile Company

Homura Akemi: you are not alone to be released during Wonder Festival 2013 (Winter)
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/homura-akemi-releasedfestival-2013-winter/ By bj0rN on January 18th, 2013

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and ultimately aim to place high in a periodically-held Galaxy Selection contest.

Source: Goodsmile Company

AKB0048 Galaxy Cinderella social game launches on GREE


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/akb0048-galaxy-cinderella-socialgame/ By KarbyP on January 17th, 2013

Idols in Galaxy Cinderella are even split amongst three colour-coded genre types, depending on where their talents reside in. There are idols who are good at singing (Song), those who love to shake-it-up (Dance), and those blessed with a silver tongue (MC). In Cinderella Girls, idols are split amongst the Cute, Cool, and Passion categories.

Namco Bandai Games launched today on the GREE mobile platform AKB0048 Galaxy Cinderella, a social game based on anime series AKB0048. And its hard not to see the obvious parallels between Galaxy Cinderella and Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, the rights of which NBGI also owns, thats playable only on DeNAs Mobage mobile gaming platform. Yes, you may call this a clone. It also doesnt help that the premise in AKB0048 Galaxy Cinderella is remarkably similar to that of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls: you play the role of a rookie producer who must scout and recruit charismatic idol wannabes for your idol unit, send the unit to live auditions to gain experience and amass war funds, battle against other producers like yourself to power-up the girls you chose,
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That said, in terms of content there is one big jarring difference between Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls and AKB0048 Galaxy Cinderella. The latter is a little chuunibyou(, or suffers from adolescent delusions of grandeur). Because Galaxy Cinderella preserves the AKB0048 anime series futuristic dystopian setting, when you send your girls out to live auditions, what youre really sending them out to are guerrila live () auditions. Entertainment and other such things that disturb the heart are banned from society in the cruel world of AKB0048. AKB0048 takes place in a futuristic universe where an interplanetary war has broken out, and Earth has been severely damaged leading to humanitys migration onto other planets. Life on these new planets are spartan at best, and society has deemed fit to ban things that disturb the heart, such as music and art, from the general public. Some 48 years last humanity settles into this dystopian future, an interplanetary troupe known as AKB0048 modelled after the legendary idol group AKB48 appears and attempts to spread their music across the galaxy. So remember, kids! When you play AKB0048 Galaxy Cinderella, youre not just producing top-class, legendary idols. Youre also liberating the free world.

Source: 4Gamer

Namco Bandai partners with Chinas Tencent Games to make Naruto online game
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/namco-bandai-china-tencent-gamesmake-naruto-online-game/ By KarbyP on January 17th, 2013

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Namco Bandai Games today signed a business partnership agreement with Chinese Internet company Tencent Games to co-develop a new online game based on Masashi Kishimotos award-winning Naruto manga and anime franchise. The game is expected to be launched sometime in 2013, on Tencents online gaming portal game.qq.com. According to the press release, Tencent Games was picked for the co-development project as Namco Bandai Games viewed the Chinese games maker as one that possesses world-class games development and platform management know-how. Further, Tencent Games parent company, Tencent Holdings, also owns Riot Games, the developer of popular free-to-play (F2P) title League of Legends, which the Chinese company previously acquired for approximately US $400 million. The announcement today also mentioned that Cyberconnect2, the development studio behind Namco Bandais best-selling Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Stormand Naruto Narutimate Hero games, would be involved in the new online games development process. The new Naruto online title will be launched specifically for the Chinese market. Namco Bandai did not specify if the online game would be launched in Japan or other markets. Source: Game Spark

But if youre a Monster Hunter fan who prefers to play your games in English anyway, then theres still something to play in March, for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimates release in the US and Europe is now dated for March, Capcom announced today. Specifically, both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will come out in the US on March 19, and in Europe on March 22. The game will be sold at retail, and for a limited time during the launch window digitally through the Nintendo e-Shop. Capcom also announced that a demo for the game will be made available on the Nintendo e-Shop in both the US on Europe on February 21, in case youd like to try before you buy. Monster Hunter can be a pretty punishing game, after all. In Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, players take on the role of a hunter sent to explore a settlement within the Monster Hunter universe, completing quests on their journey to seek and slay monsters while improving their skills and earning equipment upgrades. With many challenging monsters and over 200 quests, the latest addition to the series is set to be the most expansive offering to date. The game can be played alone, online (up to four players) on the Wii U system, or locally using up to four Nintendo 3DS systems or a combination of up to three Nintendo 3DS systems and one Wii U system.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS, Wii U) comes out March 19; demo due on February 21 [Trailer]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/monster-hunter-3-ultimate-3ds-wiiu-march-1-demo-coming-february-21/ By KarbyP on January 17th, 2013

Dead or Alive 5s version 1.03 changelog detailed, looks ridiculously long


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/dead-alive-5s-version-1-03changelog-detailed-ridiculously-long/ By KarbyP on January 17th, 2013

In Japan, the release date of Monster Hunter 4 may have been delayed past its initially announced March release date.

Team Ninja werent kidding when they said that Dead or Alvie 5s version 1.03 patch ia a major update. On top of allowing replay uploads to Facebook and YouTube directly from within the game, 1.03 also fixes bugs, makes
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fights shorter (health is reduced), and introduces significant changes to every character in the game. Check out the full list of game system changes, and character balance tweaks through the embedded links to Team Ninjas official Dead or Alive 5 website. Then come back and let us know what you think of the changes. Source: DOA5 official website

1/4th scale Fate Testarossa: Swimsuit ver. slated for a June 2013 release, pre-orders have begun
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/14th-scale-fate-testarossa-swimsuitver-slated-june-2013-release-pre-orders-begun/ By ellehaym on January 17th, 2013

The 2010 film Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st inspired this upcoming Fate Testarossa figure. She holds a blue pareo printed with hibiscus flower designs. Gift, the manufacturer of the figure, did a good job with the overall designthe details are excellent all the way down to Fates toes. Testarossa also wears on her face an innocent and irresistibly charming expression.

Fate and Nanoha are inseparable, without a doubt. Thats exactly the reason why Good Smile Company is releasing a figure that will soon join your lone Nanoha Takamachi Swimsuit ver. Mikatan has announced that the pre-orders for the 1/4th Scale Fate Testarossa: Swimsuit ver. have commenced. Shipping will start in June this year. The figures retail price is 12,600 JPY (around 141 USD). The figurine is huge that it almost stands out like a trophy. In fact, its even bigger than a 500 ml bottle. See?

Cant contain your excitement in seeing how both swimsuit versions look together? Heres a picture of the Nanoha and Fate figures side by side:

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Source: Mikatans Blog (English Version) P.S. Have your Miku Nendoroid relax with the two beach cuties: And so, the slow drip of info for Square Enixs highlyanticipated (or not-so-highly-anticipated) PS3 and X360 RPG Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, begins. In this new trailer streamed on the Net today, we see Noel fighting Lightning, and a better-refined release period: Autumn 2013. Well, Automne 2013 in the French version of the trailer youll see below (which has English voices). And just in case you prefer to hear Noel speak in Japanese, heres the same trailer again but with JP voice-acting: Apparently, this particular cut of the trailer is known as the Jump Festa trailer complete version. I wonder if that means that the trailer had already been shown, behind closed doors, to Jump Festa attendees way back in December of last year, but was just being held back because Square Enix wanted to generate a teeny weeny bit more buzz (one new cutscene to watch in the trailer seriously, Square Enix?) for the title in January.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIs release date refined to Autumn 2013 [New Trailer]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiiisrelease-date-refined-autumn-2013-new-trailer/

Given that the Japanese version of this trailer and only the Japanese one did not end off with the Autumn 2013 text as seen in the international version of the same trailer, I suspect that might be the case. Expect to continually hear about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in small doses as we get closer to Autumn 2013. In the meantime, if you still hunger for more information, check out IGN UKs preview of the game that was published today. IGNs UK Editorial Assistant Luke Karmali went hands-on with a development build of the game, and finds out just exactly how amazing Square Enixs so-called Amazing ATB system really is. Source: IGN

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Blue and red super-slim PS3s slated for a release in Japan next month
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/blue-red-super-slim-ps3s-slatedrelease-japan-month/ By ellehaym on January 21st, 2013

Sources: Kotaku and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Website

Nana Mizuki to hold a summer tour starting this July


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/nana-mizuki-hold-summer-tour-

Its time to consider selling your old PS3 unit, especially if your favorite color happens to be either blue or red. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has announced that the new PS3 CECH-4000B Series will go on sale starting February 28. Its release to the North American and European markets, however, have not yet been disclosed. The brand new colors of the new models are azurite blue and garnet red. Each unit is priced at 24,980 JPY (279 USD). The following are included with each PS3 package: PS3 unit with 250 hard disk drive a wireless DualShock controller that matches the color of the unit Power cord AV cable USB cable

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Nana Mizuki has announced that shell be holding a oneman tour which will begin on the start of the Tanabata festival in JapanJuly 7. The title of the tour as well as the venues and dates will be disclosed soon. However, it has been revealed that it will kick off at the Ehime Budokan in Ehime Prefecture (Nana Mizukis hometown). The live tour was announced by Mizuki herself during her full orchestra concert entitled NANA MIZUKI LIVE GRACE 2013 -OPUS II-.
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The popular J-pop singer and voice actress will also release the NANA MIZUKI LIVE GRACE 2013 -OPUS II- concert in DVD and Blu-ray formats this coming spring.

month, and unfortunately, some werent too happy about the puppets they received (even the blogger over at Yaraon thinks that theyre scary). Beware, for what youre about to see might disturb your good nights sleep.

Sources: tokyohive and Nana Mizukis Official Site

See the cute characters of K-On! turned into bizzarely unmoefied puppets
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/cute-characters-k-on-bizzarelyunmoefied/ By ellehaym on January 21st, 2013

Although you may not like the sight of the adorable KOn! characters transformed into creepy-looking toys, there might be some of you who are too curious about the other pictures. The rest of the photos of the K-On! puppets can be found here, but dont blame me if you have a nightmare tonight. You have been warned! Sources: Crunchyroll and!

[Concert Review] Ebisu Muscats


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/concert-review-ebisu-muscats/ By sentinel011 on January 21st, 2013

Lately, Ive been raving about the magnificent ideas behind different Japanese merchandise but, alas, some creative minds went way out of the box. Lawson, a Japanese convenience store franchise, had a K-On! movie receipt promo last year. The campaign had offers that included jump suits, autographed luggage and toy puppets of K-On! characters. The items started shipping this

As far as Japanese idol groups go, there arent many varieties that come to Singapore, with the exception of AKB48
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and its sister groups. Just for one night, Ebisu Muscats gave the local audience something slightly different from conventional idol groups. Held at the Star Theatre located right next to Buona Vista MRT station, a sheltered walkway takes you from the station to the concert hall with little fuss.

The ladies performed a number of their hit songs, including Watashi Mambo, Ebisu Rotary Shimai and Chocolate.

Even during the encore segments, the audiences shouted for more. Apart from their final song, Ebisu Muscat did 2 additional song performances despite the odds. It is a pity that this particular idol group had to disband, as some of their jokes and antics do appeal to the local male audience. The idols were entertaining despite having initial doubts on their jokes and gags getting through with the audience. They managed to keep it simple for the locals, it seems. The concert was delayed for an estimated of 40 minutes before the ladies started with dance covers, including Gangnam Style. The audience was mostly tame for most of the parts, but right up until the segments in between each song performance blocks of 3 to 4 songs. Each segment will have 2 lucky guys from the audience selected to play a role as the boyfriend of 2 of the ladies. Using different methods to entice the guys while keeping content visually PG-13 and above, each of the ladies deploy methods from being seductive, to acting coy and cute, to the tsundere treatment many guys are susceptible to.

Those who know Japanese will even understand the underlying words that come with an abundance of innuendo some of the ladies picked. The guys will then pick one of the two ladies he prefers, and gets an autographed poster for being a sport and volunteer. (Though of course, which guy wouldnt want to volunteer themselves?) As far as fan reactions go, the crowd was very tame during the performances, but heated up during the role play segments. Ebisu Muscat sure took the effort to practice their English, as it is evident they try to communicate with the Singaporean audience with the best of their abilities.
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Seishirou Katou reprises his previous role as the titular character and Ryuta Tasaki (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Akibaranger) will be directing the second liveaction Nintama Rantaro film. The first live-action film was directed Takashi Miike . Nintama Rantarou: Operation Summer Homework is scheduled to hit theatres this July.

Teaser trailer for Ninja Rantaro 2nd live-action movie released


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/teaser-trailer-ninja-rantaro-2nd-liveaction-movie-released/ By JLZeta on January 21st, 2013

Source: JEFusion, Nipponcinema, Official Website

Dead Space 3 Demo: Exclusive early hands-on


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/dead-space-3-demo-exclusive-earlyhands-on/ By sentinel011 on January 21st, 2013

Wonder if these guys are the ones who taught Detective Conan how to stay a kid even after 20 years The trailer for the previously announced Nintama Rantarou (or Ninja Rantarou, as they used to call it back when it was on Channel 8) live-action movie sequel has begun streaming on the movies webpage. For those who dont remember or were too young to remember, Nintama Rantarou follows the adventures of Rantarou and his friends as they attend Ninja school; this year marks the 20th anniversary of the original series. You can watch the trailer here. The plot for the movie revolves around an ancient sword that Rantarou and his friends at the Ninja Academy have been tasked to retrieve. The sword is said to give the wielder the power to take over the world, so naturally the boys can expect stiff competition from rival ninja hoping to claim the sword first.

Are you ready for a third round of survival horror in space? Earlier last week, we had a chance to experience Dead Space 3 demo on the Xbox360. Featuring a short thirty minute scenario worth of gameplay with Necromorphs and enemy soldiers, we take a peek on what is new in Dead Space 3 compared to its predecessors. Starting off injured and crash landed into a snowy planet, you continue to play as Isaac Clarke in the single player mission of the demo. You trudge along the heavy snowstorm and slowly get acquainted with the basic controls. The occasional Necromorph will pounce on you, as usual. The overall feel of helplessness is still there, though we wonder why the tutorial never taught us on how to use Stasis to slow the Necromorphs down. Controls still feel as tight as Dead Space 2, so no issues for veteran players. Though one issue we were curious about; Clarke actually moves faster while aiming compared to walking in the snow. There are some quick-time events, but one that requires you to use your analog stick as well. As you move along, you will meet up with a partner. Yes, an actual character that will proceed along the game with you that isnt a NPC. By gathering up another player online, you can co-op with your friends. There actually is a function
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for this, but it wasnt tested and requires both users to have Xbox Live Gold accounts. Isaac will soon encounter a Bench to modify his existing weapons, as well as create new weapons from schematics and parts obtained throughout the environment. Its an interesting concept, to say the least. We will explain more on weapon crafting later on below.

You will soon encounter soldiers shooting at the Necromorphs and you if you alert them. This is where your ability, Kinesis, gets to shine. As you hide behind cover, grab the grenades thrown at you by those soldiers and throw it back at them with Kinesis. Of course, the usual razorsharp limbs of the Necromorphs can still be used as spears to impale your enemies. The variety of Necromorphs are limited in this demo, but there was this Large Necromorph that came charging at us, tendrils and all. The game ends with a sequence involving a large spinning drill and a larger-than-life Necromorph. Dont want to spoil you guys too much, so youll have to experience the demo yourself. One very nifty feature we managed to fiddle in the demo was the other mode where we get unlimited materials and parts to experiment the different weapons we get to mash up to create the ideal weapon for Isaac Clarke. Weapon crafting is a very unique experience this time round, yet easy to navigate. We were able to re-create a BFG-like weapon using the various parts. The only pity about this mode is that there are no Necromorphs for target practice. [Edit] Apparently there was a toggle switch located on the left of the Bench to bring about 4 to 5 Necromorphs. The Dead Space 3 demo will be free to download on Xbox Live and Playstation Store starting from tomorrow. The full game will be released on February 5, 2013 for the Xbox360, PS3 and PC. Version 2.0 of Capcom and creator DM Sonics (Seow Zong Hui) PC free-to-download title Street Fighter X Mega Man has finally been released. Head on over to Capcom-Unitys Mega Man group page to download it today! Apart from fixing several bugs that existed in the first version, SFxMM V2 also introduces a couple of additional features that enhances the games playability, such as a password system so that players will no longer need to finish the game in one sitting. M.Bison, the games final boss, has also been made harder (in V1 he was a piece of cake compared to Vega and several other world warriors). A second secret boss has also been added. Heres how to fight him - but before you visit that link, note that in the thread GameFAQs user Artemis asks if the condition resets when you get a Game Over. Weve checked with SFxMM creator DM Sonic, and according to him, yes, the condition/count resets whenever you reach the continue screen, unlike the condition required for the first secret boss. If youd rather just see the second secret boss in action, heres video footage of him in the game from YouTube user wr194t. Heres the full list of changes, according to Capcom-Unity: -Confirmation prompt before exiting (ESC) or resetting (F12) the game -E Tank glitch and various other bugs fixed -Improved controller support (Game defaults to keyboard on launch; make sure controller is plugged in prior to opening the file, then go into Options menu and set keys) -Take screenshots using F9 -M Bison buffed a bit (This place shall become your grave!) -A new challenger! (Find him yourself!)
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Street Fighter X Mega Man V2 released, introduces additional secret boss, password system [Video]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/street-fighter-mega-man-v2introduces-additional-secret-boss-password-system/

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All of the changes mentioned above are a fairly big deal (especially since the fan game is distributed to players for free). But for a select few players of the game, and future new players, improved controller support and the confirmation prompt that appears when you hit ESC to shut down the game, are more important than youd think. Previously one of the most common issues that Street Fighter X Mega Man players had with the game was that there was no warning whatsoever when they mapped the games open menu command to the ESC key on the keyboard. Although the ESC key is used in many PC games to open game menus, in SFxMMs case its default function was to shut down the game. Thus, this resulted in a huge problem for those players when they tried to open the SFxMM game menu to change Mega Mans currently equipped weapon or use the E Tank by hitting the ESC key, only to find that the game would instead close right away. The best part? In order to re-map the controls so that everythings back to before, youd actually need to open the in-game menu first; there was no way to re-map without shutting down the game (well, in the end there was but you had to tweak your save file or something like that). Thankfully thats been fixed now. In other SFxMM news, Capcom-Unity has also released five PC wallpapers themed after the fan game:

4Gamer interviews Hatsune Miku Project Diva F (PS3) producer Seiji Hayashi
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/4gamer-interviews-hatsune-mikuproject-diva-ps3-producer-seiji-hayashi/ By KarbyP on January 20th, 2013

Yesterday (January 19), at the LABI Ikebukuro Mobile Dream building, Sega held the first of a series of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (PS3) trial play sessions, where fans could swing by to go hands-on with a build of the PS3 rhythm game that included three playable songs. The three songs were Tell Your World (artist: livetune), NegaPosi Continues (sasakure.UK), and Tokyo Teddybear (Neru). Gamers who stopped by to try the demo walked away with a complimentary Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F neck strap.

Source: Capcom-Unity [via EventHubs]

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The other main differences are that with the PS3 version youre playing on a bigger screen, and theres a new Live Studio mode, which also supports stereoscopic 3D. The Live Studio mode here is themed after the Daiba de Diva concert that was held at the Tokyo Joypolis back in summer 2012, and uses the same projection mapping technologies, so please look forward to that. What about the games controls? Hayashi: Right, in the PS Vita version, whenever you saw a star-shaped mark, those notes had to be played by scratching (sliding your finger across) the touchscreen. In the PS3 version the star-shaped marks make a return, but this time you clear them by strumming or flicking the analog sticks on the PS3 controller. We think that with scratching on the PS Vita version, most people probably did it with a single hand. But since there are two analog sticks on the PS3 controller, we think more people will tackle the starshaped notes two-handed style, and that as a result the play experience may feel quite different. So you just announced that youre (Sega) going to hold a Mikupa concert in the Kansai region of Japan in March (March 9). Its the first time a Mikupa concert is being held in the Kansai region. Any thoughts on promotions for the concert/game? Sega promotions staff: For details on that, were currently exploring some ways to possibly tie the concert up with the games release (on March 7). Once weve done making preparations for this, well announce the details. So please look forward to that. Hayashi: It may sound a little weird for me to be saying this, but I think fans can look forward to something special. Alrighty then. Next, if theres one thing in Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F that you absolutely want people to check out, what would it be? Hayashi: Although the PS Vita, as a portable gaming device, had immense graphical rendering capabilities, with the PS3 version what youre getting is even higher graphical fidelity. Although the PS Vita and PS3 hardware are actually pretty close in terms of performance, and that made the development process easier for us, for the PS Vita version we actually ended up having to use 2D textures for quite a lot of things. (Translators note: is that true? Can any SGCafe reader chime in on that?) And so for fans whove played the PS Vita version, wed like them to check out those areas that we previously used 2D textures for, in the PS3 version of the game. In the past what you used to do on the PS3 was release Dreamy Theatre apps that required the PSP versions to play. This time around youre opted to release the PS3 version as a stand-alone package. Can you talk about the reasons for that, if any? Hayashi: The Dreamy Theatre series carried the implication that they were treated sort of like a service meant for existing Project Diva players on the PSP. With the PlayStation 3 version of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, however, were basically positioning it as the latest chapter of the Project Diva series. And so, the concept is really quite different. That said, when we were making the Dreamy Theatre apps, we definitely accumulated quite a bit of experience that came
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The games producer, Segas Seiji Hayashi, was present at the event. Also in attendence was 4Gamer writer Naohiko Misuno, who stopped by and did a mini-interview with the Project Diva F producer, which weve translated in full below. (If you have yet to, check out our translation of a previous interview that 4Gamers Musino did with Hayashi and Project Diva Arcade producer Makoto Osaki at this link here) Since the game is coming out in less than two months from now, and much of it is based on the PS Vita version, there really isnt a lot of new information in this mini-interview. But if youre a fan of the Project Diva series, read on anyway producer Seiji Hayashi did say a couple of things that might just make your day.

Hows development going along? Producer Seiji Hayashi: Its almost finished. Were in the process of tying up loose ends. The release date is March 7, after all, and I think we will absolutely be able to deliver on that date. As this title is fundamentally based on the PS Vita version of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f, can you point out very specifically what the differences is the PS3 version are? Hayashi: The most obvious difference in the PS3 version are the six new tracks included. Along with that, weve also added 10 modules (costumes for the Vocaloid characters) into the PS3 version. The thing is, those six new songs and 10 new modules will actually be introduced into the PS Vita version as well, to be distributed via DLC, so its not really that big of a difference. So its more like, with the PS3 version youre getting the new songs and modules right from the very beginning on the disc, whereas with the Vita version its not part of the core package.

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in handy when it came time to make the PS3 version of Project Diva F. So in a way, you could say that all of the engineering skills and techniques we used in making the Dreamy Theatre apps are being carried over for this game. Finally, a word to everyone eagerly awaiting the release of the new title. Hayashi: Regardless if youre someone whove thoroughly enjoyed the PS Vita version, or someone whos playing the game for the first time on the PS3, everyone here on the development team is hard at work doing their best to ensure that the new title is something that will meet your expectations. So please check out the game once its released. Wed be happy to receive fan feedback too. Thank you very much.

In previous patches, Wargaming.net released several Chinese tanks without any substantial tech tree to actually research. However, the new update has brought with it a fully decked out tech tree for the Chinese warmachine, including light, medium and heavy tanks that differ slightly from the other tier branches. In terms of armour protection they are more than decent for each tier, with sloped armour and mud flaps increasing the chance for ricochet. The medium tier tanks also excel at mid-range engagements with new improvements like the 85mm and the 105mm guns that make these monsters a huge problem on the battlefield against lighter armoured cousins like the Shermans and the Cromwells. To take a look at the tech tree in more detail, refer to the complete detailed outline below.

39 (san-kyuu) very much! Source: 4Gamer

World of Tanks introduces new tech tree for Chinese tanks


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/world-tanks-introduces-new-techtree-for-chinese-tanks/ By Hakuro on January 20th, 2013

However, there still are no dedicated SPGs that the Chinese tier has access to, so youll have to get your artillery groove from somewhere else. In the meantime to learn more about World of Tanks SEA, head over to http://worldoftanks-sea.com/. Hello Tankers! Haku here with the latest update on World of Tanks! The MMO tank warfare game has just introduced a brand new Chinese Tank arsenal, tailored for the inner proletariat in you! Accompanying the Soviet, American, British, German and French tech trees, this particular inclusion promises a different twist to digital armoured warfare! For more news on World of Tanks, stay tuned to SGCafe! http://sgcafe.com/

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Kat & Emmett Graves join PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royales cast February 12 [Video]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/kat-emmett-graves-playstation-allstars-battle-royale/ By KarbyP on January 19th, 2013

Shortly after the release of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale in November last year, developer Superbot Entertainment announced that they would be hard at work making downloadable content for the game, and that the first two DLC characters to join the cast post-release would be Kat (Gravity Rush on the PS Vita), and Emmett Graves (Starhawk, PS3). This week we finally get to see how the two new DLC fighters will play. Cue the character-introduction trailers! PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale players will be able to download Kat and Emmett Graves for free when theyre released on PSN on February 12 but only if they grab it within two weeks after the characters are out. After the twoweek launch period, Kat and Emmett Graves will be sold as paid DLC. If youre keen on learning Kat and Emmett Graves command lists in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale to better prepare yourself for the DLC fighters release, head over to EventHubs where theyve got the entire move list for both yet-to-be-released characters listed. Move lists for the other fighters in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royalecan also be found on EventHubs strategy page for the game here. The next set of DLC characters will be announced in March. Source: EventHubs

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By KarbyP on January 24th, 2013

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (PS3) latest store-front trailer shows off Photo Studio feature
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/hatsune-miku-project-diva-ps3latest-storefront-trailer-shows-photo-studio-feature/ By KarbyP on January 24th, 2013

Imageepoch and Type-Moons PSP JRPG Fate/Extra CCC is not quite done yet. The game was originally scheduled to come out in February, but recently delayed to March 28 for quality reasons. But the delay really only applies to the game itself. It doesnt really affect the games animated opening sequence, which anime studio Shaft (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Nisemonogatari) and freelance animation director Akiyuki Shinbo has been working on. In fact, the OP sequence is done already. And so, with two more months to go, publisher Marvelous AQL decides to put out the animated OP sequence to the game today, as a means of drumming up hype for the actual JRPGs release:

On Wednesday when we reported that Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on the PS3 would include some sort of photosuperimpose functionality (alongside Famitsus first look at Senbonzakura and Rin-chan Nau!, that is), we couldnt find any visuals to illustrate how this would work. Now, Sega has put out a new store-front trailer for the PS3 rhythm game that not only demonstrates what you could do with the new feature officially called Photo Studio (we previously thought it was a feature included as part of Live Studio mode) but also a brief glimpse at Senbonzakura and Rin-chan Nau! as they appear in-motion within the game.

Fate/Extra CCC: watch the OP anime video that studio Shaft has been working on [Video]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/fateextra-ccc-watch-op-anime-videostudio-shaft-working-video/

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Am I the only one who wished this was a PS Vita title instead, after watching the anime OP? The opening sequence looks so much better than the PSP JRPGs in-game graphics. Source: Famitsu

First look at the fully colored Dragon Ball Z manga


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/fully-colored-dragon-ball-manga/ By ellehaym on January 24th, 2013

Im not sure how many fans have actually read the manga, but Im pretty confident that most of you have watched the anime when you were still young. Looking at the scans will certainly remind you of your childhood days. Did you use to imitate the battle scenes of Goku and Vegeta (I did, even if Im a girl!), regardless of how crazily fast their movements are? Now you can enjoy seeing those wicked moves in the upcoming fully coloured manga. The Saiyan Saga will be covered by the three volumes to be released on February 4. This arc has a total of 17 chapters, each having 248 pages. Following this part will be the Frieza Saga which is planned for an April 4 release. This saga will consist of five volumes. Finally, the Cell Saga and the Majin Buu Saga have been announced, but we have yet to hear the release date. The manga will also feature an interview with Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama. The mysteries of the Dragon Ball world will be unveiled in the said interview.
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Last month, we have reported about the release of the Dragon Ball Z manga in full colour. It will be out in a few weeks in Japan. So, if you can no longer hold your excitement down, here are some of the sample pages scanned by the peeps over at Saiyan Island that you can enjoy:

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All the sagas covered by Dragon Ball Z will be released in physical format. On the other hand, the prequel, Dragon Ball, will be released in digital format (no specific release date announced). The fully coloured manga will only be available in Japan. To date, no plans have been announced for a North American and European release. Source: Saiyan Island

The fun begins on April 6, which is the date Kalafina is scheduled to hold a one-day-only live at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. Entitled Kalafina Consolation Special LIVE 2013, the one-day live, meant to commemorate the release of Consolation, will be an affair similar to the one they did last year for their third album, After Eden. In May, Kalafina will attend the Chicago Anime Central as guests of honour and to perform at the AKOO Theatre. The Chicago performance will be Kalafinas third time performing in the US, after Houston and Los Angeles. Thereafter, the anisong artiste will go on a nationwide-tour beginning in June, performing in concert halls as well as live houses in various parts of Japan, with a setlist featuring many of the songs from the Consolation album. Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 Consolation HALL ver. 68()9() 727() 83() Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 Consolation LIVE HOUSE ver. 622()23() THE BOTOM LINE NAGOYA 629()30() DRUM LOGOS 74() AKASAKA BLITZ 713() Rensa 715() PENNY LANE24 720()21() QUATTRO HIROSHIMA CLUB

Kalafinas 4th original album Consolation to hit stores March 20


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/kalafinas-4th-original-albumconsolation-hit-stores-march-20/ By KarbyP on January 24th, 2013

728() NIIGATA LOTS Anisong artiste Kalafina has a new album in the works, the groups production staff announced today on their official blog. Entitled Consolation, the new release will be the groups fourth original album, and is slated to hit music stores in Japan March 20. On top of new tracks, Consolation will feature several of Kalafinas recent hit singles, including Hikarifuru () the theme song to the Madoka Magica movie parts 1 & 2, to the beginning (OP theme for Fate/Zero), and moonfesta which was featured on NHKs long-running music television programme Minna no Uta (). The limited first-print edition of the new album will come with your choice of either a DVD or a Blu-ray disc containing a video clip for Kalafinas new song Yume no Daichi ( which translates to The Land of Our Dreams) as it is seen and heard in the ED outro to NHKs Rekishi Hiwa Historia TV programme, as well as a documentary of the time the anisong group spent at Germanys AnimagiC convention last year. The first-print edition will also come with a special photo book. Apart from the new album, Kalafina also announced an entire slew of live performances that will take place between April and August. Prior to the news post published on their official blog earlier today, Kalafina also made the aforementioned announcements themselves live, directly to thousands of their fans yesterday at a concert held at the Shibuya OEast concert hall to commemorate the anisong groups fifth anniversary (Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE oblivious). The announcement of their fourth original album and the slew of live events yesterday were meant as a way to officially kick-start Kalafinas sixth year as an artiste. An abridged version of the Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE oblivious concert is scheduled to hit Japanese TV airwaves on March 13, beginning at 11PM JST (GMT+0900 hours), exclusively on Japanese cable channel WOWOW. Kalafinas first live album on DVD and Blu-Ray (5th Anniversary LIVE SELECTION 2009-2012) was released yesterday, and is available now at all good Japanese CD stores.

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He now works with CoMix Wave Films and other staff members on anime projects, like the memorable The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second, and 2011s Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Fans will be delighted while waiting for his upcoming anime feature film, Kotonoha no Niwa, which we had covered here. source: animeanime.jp

Source: Kalafina Official Blog

Makoto Shinkais Dare ka no Manazashi trailer streamed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/makoto-shinkais-dare-ka-manazashitrailer-streamed/ By weiq on January 24th, 2013

One Piece Film: Z will release at all Cathay Cineplexes mid February
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/piece-film-release-cathay-cineplexesmid-february/ By sentinel011 on January 24th, 2013

Trailer for Makoto Shinkais newest anime short film, Dare ka no Manazashi (Someones Gaze) has been streamed on Youtube by Nomura Real Estate. The trailer shows Aya Aa-chan Okamura, the main character, who has been working for two years at a company and living independantly on her own. The story revolves around Aa-chan, her parents, and her pet cat Mii-san. The short is produced by joined collaboration with four companies, and singer-songwriter Kazusa will perform the theme song Sore de Ii yo. Narrator Fumi Hirano (Urusei Yatsuras Lum) leads the cast with Satomi Hanamura and Shinji Ogawa. Nomura Real Estate will screen the short during Proud Box Kanshasai, a home living exposition which will run from 10th to 11th February at the Tokyo International Forum. For those who arent familiar with Makoto Shinkai, Shinkai began his anime career almost single-handedly - being responsible for the writing, directing, and even voice-acting for his debut anime films She and Her Cat and Voices of a Distant Star.

Are you a One Piece fan who hopes to be able to catch the movie Z in Japan? Dont fret, as the movie will be available in Singapore come 21 February 2013. The author Eiichiro Oda himself helms the film production as its executive producer, so rest assured that there will be a certain level of quality in this movie. Screenplay by Osamu Suzuki, and opening theme song by capsule (Liar Game). The electronica/shibuya kei group also has its music
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producer, Yasutaka Nakata, famous for producing music for other electro-pop artistes like Kyary and Perfume. ONE PIECE FILM Z will be opening at all Cathay Cineplexes starting 21 February 2013, which include the following: 1. Orchard Cineleisure 2. Ang Mo Kio Hub 3. West Mall 4. Downtown East 5. Causeway Point 6. The Cathay (Handy Road) If you cannot wait until 21 February, you can book your tickets for the sneak preview on 1 February 2013. The tickets can be purchased via Cathays online ticketing site.

from the 2D fighting game franchise, is worth their hardearned yen. Thats if you have a Japanese 3DS, of course; BlayzBloo: Clone Phantasma is exclusive to the Japan region for now. Arc System Works has not yet announced if an English version of the 3DS download title will be released sometime in the future for the US and European markets. Its predecessor, DSiWare title BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale, did make it out in US and Europe, however, so theres hope for an English version for the game. Until then, check out this new trailer for the game, which is available to watch regardless of the language your 3DS speaks.

Like BlazBlue, but not sure if youll like BlayzBloo: Clone Phantasma (3DS)? Heres a demo to help!
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/blayzbloo-clone-phantasma-demoreleased/ By KarbyP on January 23rd, 2013

Got a Japanese 3DS? Like BlazBlue? But still not 100% certain if you should spend 800 yen on that BlayzBloo: Clone Phantasma download title an action game spin-off loosely based onBlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Arcade, PS3) that Arc System Works put out on Japanese Nintendo e-shop in December last year? Not to worry, help is on the way! Publisher Arc System Works has just released today a demo of the 3DS download title to help Japanese 3DS owners decide if the action title, featuring 10 playable characters

Nintendo and Atlus announces Shin-Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Wii U) [Video]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/nintendo-atlus-announces-shinmegami-tensei-meets-fire-emblem/

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Although no details on the new Wii U title was given, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata described the Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem cross-over game as an example of a new approach in games development that the console maker and games publisher is taking to push out more quality titles for their newly-launched Wii U platform. Because the scope of development for each title is getting larger and larger, we cannot have enough titles for Wii U using the same approaches we have taken, Iwata said on the Nintendo Direct netstream. Iwata also said that they are working with many more partners on additional collaborations as well, and that he will announce those projects in future Nintendo Direct broadcasts. Source: Nintendo Direct The new Wii U game will be co-developed by Atlus and Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem, Advance Wars). And thats about all we know for now! The title was just announced on a Nintendo Direct broadcast earlier tonight. No details were given on the new game, so we dont know when the game is expected to come out, or even if this is a straight-up RPG title (Shin Megami Tensei style) or an SRPG (strategy role-playing-game) more akin to the Fire Emblem games. Im hedging my bets on the latter, since an SRPG environment would more easily accommodate a large cast of characters. Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem may not be the actual title of this game. For the moment, however, it is what Nintendo has opted to call the game, as evidenced by the following teaser video they put out:

Resident Evil: Revelations coming to PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 this May
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/resident-evil-revelations-coming-pcps3-wii-xbox-360/ By ellehaym on January 23rd, 2013

It has been confirmed by Capcom that the 3DS survival horror game Resident Evil: Revelations will be ported to other gaming platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360. The game hits stores on May 21 in North America, May 23 in Japan and May 24 in Europe. The events in the game take place between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield go aboard a supposedly abandoned cruise ship to investigate. Below are the additional features of the game:

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A frightening new enemy Extra difficulty mode Get to play as Hunk or the other characters in the single player Raid Mode or the online co-op mode Announcement trailers have also been streamed on YouTube. Check them out: Resident Evil: Revelations lives up to its survival horror genre, being a game that promises scarcity of weapons, ammo and supplies for players to utilize. Roam through tight and dark areas without knowing what kind of dangers await. Can you last until the end? Sources: Famitsu and Resident Evil Official Channel

and tokusatsu (special-effects TV shows, such as the Super Sentai series and Kamen Rider) series that Bandai owns the merchandising rights to. The latest line of Smartphone Museums wares? A set of seven Kurokos Basketball uniform cases, whose design are based on that of the jersey uniforms that seven of the seriess most popular characters wear. From the Seirin basketball team, the jersey uniforms of three characters Tetsuya Kuroko, Taiga Kagami, and Teppei Kiyoshi are featured. The remaining four designs are based on jerseys worn by three rival characters Ryouta Kise, Shintarou Midorima, and Daiki Aomine, and a dog. Kurokos pet dog, Tetsuya 2.

Show the world who your favourite Kurokos Basketball character is, with these smartphone cases
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/show-world-favourite-kurokosbasketball-character-is-smartphone-cases/ By KarbyP on January 23rd, 2013

Each design is available in three form factors iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3 (certain carrier models only) and sold for 2,100 yen per pop. Which is actually fairly cheap for character-themed smartphone cases; most of them are sold for around 3,000 yen in Japan. The Kurokos Basketball cases are the only design available at Smartphone Museum if youre a Samsung Galaxy S3 user. If, however, youre in the iPhone camp, then youll find on the Premium Bandai sub-section several other animethemed designs worth looking into: Macross Frontier, Kamen Rider Wizard, Akibaranger, just to name a few.

If youre a big fan of Tadatoshi Fujimakis manga and anime series Kurokos Basketball, and happen to be searching for a smartphone case for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3 handset, then Premium Bandai may just have the perfect solution for you. Over at Bandais official online shopping portal, Premium Bandai, there is a section called Smartphone Museum where you can visit to find various iPhone cases themed after anime

All cases go for 2,100 yen in Japan regardless of design. As with anything you buy from Premium Bandai, youll need a Japanese residential address (or the one provided by your favourite proxy-shopping service) to make an order. Do note, however, that there is a waiting period of about a month between the date you make an order, to whenever Premium Bandai actually gets to shipping out the goods.

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Source: Natalie, Smartphone Museum

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Namie Amuro Asia Tour details confirmed, performing at Singapores Indoor Stadium
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/namie-amuro-asia-tour-detailsconfirmed-performing-singapores-indoor-stadium/ By Green Moon Doctor on January 25th, 2013

If you cant wait till Singapores tour confirmation, theres always Taiwan and Hong Kong to consider. And if you are, get your tickets fast, because as far as I know, fans in these regions are very hardcore when it comes to J-pop concerts. Source: namieamuro.jp

Sega to announce a new Sonic title next month [Rumour Mill]


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/sega-announce-sonic-title-monthrumour-mill/ By ellehaym on January 25th, 2013

Remember when Namie Amuro dropped by Singapore to promote her latest album last year? Fans of Namie can rejoice, as her Asia Tour schedule has finally been confirmed! Almost all of the details are out, including ticketing details. Well, with the exception of Singapore, which has yet to update as of press time. A popular J-pop artiste back in the early 2000s, Namie Amuro is one of the A-list artistes to hold solo concerts within Singapore, which include Larc~en~Ciel and Luna Sea. According to The Sonic Stadium, sources close to Sega have informed them that the developer plans on announcing a new Sonic title for the current gaming platforms as well as the next gen consoles next month. The new game will be revealed around mid-February. The gameplay will use the formula of the recent Sonic games a fusion of 3D movement and 2D side-scrolling sections. The 3DS version, however, will offer a different gaming
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experience. According to the source, it will follow the format of Sonic Rush games for the DS. Players can select from different characters, each having their own skills. The title for the new Sonic game has not been finalized. The source also adds that the new game is scheduled to be released in September. Since these are just rumours, well just have to keep our fingers crossed and wait for an official announcement from Sega. via Nintendo Life

Luna Sea in Taipei kickstarting The End of the Dream Asian Tour
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/luna-sea-taipei/ By weiq on January 25th, 2013

Were you used to partnering with a friend when playing games of the Mario Bros. franchise? You play Mario and your friend plays Luigi or vice versa? In the upcoming 3DS title Luigis Mansion: Dark Moon, things will be different. You can utilize the local and online multiplayer functions and enjoy ghost busting with your friends and other players. This game features the Hunter Mode, where players are in control of Luigis that are wearing different coloured clothing. The mission is to clear the floors by hunting down ghosts within a time limit set by the game. When the time runs out, its everyones loss. So cooperation and teamwork are important. There will be boss battles at the topmost part of the tower. Following sold-out concerts back in Japan, Luna Sea had just landed in Taipei to kick start their The End of the Dream Asian Tour with two shows on 26th and 27th of January. The two shows will be held at Taipeis Neo Studio, after which the band will move to Hong Kong (2nd February), Bangkok (5th February), and ending their tour on 8th February in Singapore. Speaking of which, SGCafe is giving away exclusive LUNA SEA concert tickets/merchandises. For more info on how to participate, please go to SGCafe forum. You have 3 more days to participate! source: facebook.com/etvhome, Lunasea.jp Up to four players can join the game. If your team does well, upgrades and bonuses will be rewarded. The game allows you to decide on the difficulty as well as the number of floors in the Hunter mode. Download Play functions will also be available. Want to see the ghost busting action? Watch this video: Luigis Mansion: Dark Moon will be out in North America on March 24. Source: Crunchyroll

Multiplayer functions revealed for Luigis Mansion: Dark Moon


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/multiplayer-functions-revealedluigis-mansion-dark-moon/

Six more Metal Gear Rising videos, more gameplay scenes observed
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/metal-gear-rising-videos-gameplayscenes-observed/

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After gathering feedbacks from players from all over the world, Valve added a new game mode to matchmaking and offline play: Deathmatch. Deathmatch mode can be played in Classic, Demolition, or Arms Race maps, and Hidden Path points. There are also a bunch of patch for the weapon, such as increasing kill rewards with the AWP from $50 to $100, to dropping the price of Molotovs and making changes to the recoil. You can view more of the patch notes here. Deathmatch mode is also a useful way to explore and learn a new map while you try out the new weapon fixes. They also have launched the private beta for workshop maps. If youre a map maker, feel free to submit your work to the Steam Workshop for player approval. Source: GameSpy

Managed to play the demo yet? No? You can either get yourself a US PSN account, or you can watch on these five featured videos released this week. Famitsu and 4gamer showed more gameplay videos, from boss battles like Jetstream Sam to a new dog-like Unmanned Gear, even controlling a Scarab. Konami has provided insights on the Zandatsu system to replenish Raidens energy and health as well as his cyborg suits capabilities. If you have already pre-ordered your copy of the game, youll be pleased that its due to arrive barely a month from today. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will release in Singapore come 19 February 2013. Source: Konami, 4Gamer, Famitsu

Hyouka X Blood Donation Drive: Heres one way to fight blood-sucking anime loot auctioners
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/hyouka-blood-donation-drive-fightblood-sucking-anime-loot-auctioners/ By KarbyP on January 24th, 2013

Deathmatch Mode Added In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/deathmatch-mode-added-counterstrike-global-offensive/ By bj0rN on January 25th, 2013

Details on a Hyouka X Blood Donation () collaborative campaign that the Japan Red Cross Society said would begin in late January, as well as the design for the poster theyd be giving out as part of the promotion, have been finalised. Theres good news and bad news.
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The good news: the campaign itself will run for over two months from January 25 all the way till March 31 this year and the Japan Red Cross Society is fairly confident that it will have enough Hyouka X Blood Donation posters and clear files to hand out to all who are brave and kind enough to step forward and donate blood. Below youll find a sample image of what is more or less the design of the poster that blood donors will receive; for some reason, the Japan Red Cross Society felt necessary to include a small disclaimer saying that the design is subject to change. It features a close-up of Hyouka heroine Eru Chitanda, with a line of dialogue Ive become interested in donating blood () below her picture. Source: Japan Red Cross Society

Whats in store for Wii U owners? Check out this summary of the Nintendo Direct broadcast
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/whats-store-wii-owners-checksummary-nintendo-direct-broadcast/ By ellehaym on January 24th, 2013

Since this campaign will last for two entire months, unlike the situation that blood donors at the recent Comiket 83 event faced (only 3,000 posters were available), there should be enough commeorative posters and clear files for all Hyouka fans whod want one to receive it. Thats terrific news, right? Hopefully we wont hear any terrible stories about any bloodsucking anime loot hoarders auctioning off the Red Cross Societys kind token of appreciation at unscrupulous prices to fans whod pay for it. But there is also bad news. Even though there should be more than enough stocks to meet fan demand, to get your hands on one of these Hyouka X Blood Donation commemorative goods, youd actually need to travel all the way to Japans Gifu prefecture. Just like the Hyouka rice thing before this, the Gifu prefecture is the only part of the country where the collaborative campaign will be held. Nevertheless, if youre a hardcore Hyouka fan who needs to have everything, or if you happen to be visiting Gifu sometime between now and the end of March, head over to the Japan Red Cross Society webpage here to find links (highlighted in blue) to the addresses and maps to the three blood donation centres the association operates in the Gifu area. In the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, Satoru Iwata explains a few new features headed to the Wii U console in the coming weeks, along with a few new game announcements. The list looks promising. Promising enough that if you dont yet have a Wii U console, you might just consider purchasing one. Here are the main points of what to expect from Nintendos latest console:

Miiverse
Spring and Summer Updates faster software launch; ease in returning to the Wii U Menu screen Closed group for games A group will be given a unique ID. To be able to access a closed group, users need to input the unique ID assigned. Each game will be given an official community in the Miiverse Filtering functions will soon be added Miiverse can soon be accessed using smartphones. Initially, it will be browser-based. However, Nintendo

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will be developing a Miiverse app. A Nintendo network ID and password will be required.

The Wonderful 101 Bayonetta 2 New Super Smash Bros. Yarn Yoshi Shin-Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Iwata promises more collaboration titles such as this one in the future) The Legend of Zelda (only the remake of The Wind Waker was previewed) A new RPG brought by the developer behind Xenoblade Chronicles, Monolith Soft. Is it a Xenoblade sequel? We still dont know.

Virtual Console
NES and SNES titles will be released first, GBA titles will be released later Virtual Console launches after the system updates this spring Just like the 3DS, players can save the game progress Games under the Virtual Console are Miiverse enabled A discount applies if you bought Virtual Console titles on your Wii console Regular price for NES titles 4.99 USD to 5.99 USD; discounted price is 1 USD

A Certain Scientific Railgun Regular price for SNES titles 7.99 USD to 8.99 USD; S anime airs April in Japan; discounted price is 1.5 USD fripside to perform its new Wii U Virtual Console Trial OP Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/a-scientific-railgun-s-anime-airsCampaign
This was launched to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Family Computer. In a period of 30 days, from January to July, a NES title can be bought at a very low price of 30 cents. All players can participate in this campaign. Heres the list of participating titles: January Balloon Fight February F-Zero March Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream April Kirbys Adventure May Super Metroid June Yoshi July Donkey Kong
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Wii U GamePad
Titles (including Virtual Console games) will be launched which will allow users to play using only the GamePad. You dont have to use your TV. Take screenshots of breathtaking and interesting sceneries, visuals and environments from games such as Pikmin 3.

Wii U Fit
This game will utilize the Miiverses closed group access With the closed group feature of the Miiverse, players can lose weight with friends, discuss strategies and encourage each other.

On New Games
During the first two months of 2013, Nintendo isnt planning on releasing new titles for a steady flow of game lineup and for an improved quality of user experience. New titles will be launched starting March. These are the games previewed in the latest Nintendo Direct:

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S (S) will join the likes of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Devil Survivor 2, OreImo Season 2, and other such heavyweight anime shows for the Spring 2013 TV anime season in Japan, the latest issue of ASCII Media Workss Monthly Comic Dengeki

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Daioh magazine will reveal this coming Saturday (January 26) as part of a teaser for its next issue. The teaser also reveals that fripSide, the anisong act that made its second debut in 2009 with voice actress Yoshino Nanjou as the duos new vocalist (fripSide originally debuted in 2005 with singer Nao, who left in 2009) with the hit songs Only My Railgun and LEVEL5-judgelight-, the first and second OP themes to the original season of A Certain Scientific Railgun, will be back to provide the OP theme to the new anime series. No other details were revealed in the magazine; for that wed have to wait for the next issue which will go on sale sometime in February. So far, whats been revealed about A Certain Scientific Railgun S is that its main plot will revolve around the Sisters story arc in the original light novel series that the anime is adapted from. For a summary of what the story arc is about, check out its summary on this Wikia page here. Source: Yaraon

Curiously enough, it appears that the English version will only be launched in Asia, but not in the US or Europe at least, not for the moment. After it is launched, PS Vita gamers in Asia will be able to download the game client directly from the PlayStation store in their region, and start playing immediately.

Whats Samurai & Dragons?


Samurai & Dragons is described as an action-strategy hybrid where players will co-operate with one another in 4player dungeons, but otherwise fight against each other for territorial control over the fictional land of Gaia=End. Gameplay in Samurai & Dragons is split up into three parts: Action, Simulation, and Card Battles.

Action part

Samurai & Dragons, Segas free-to-play PS Vita title, is coming to Asia in English
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In the Action part, gamers play the role of an adventurer one of five possible classes (Warrior, Samurai, Ninja, Mage, and Gunner) and team up with other players to explore dungeons and defeat high-level bosses to earn experience points and other rewards. Controls in the Action part are fairly simple, with each of the PS Vitas four face buttons (O, X, Square and Triangle) mapped to a special attack of your choice, and the R shoulder button mapped to an evasive roll. Each time you clear a dungeon you earn star and crystal points that can be used to redeem monster, weapon, and skill cards in a random lottery. Skill and weapon cards you can equip directly on your adventurer in between dungeoncrawls, while monster cards will come into play during the Card Battle portion of the game.

Simulation part

Samurai & Dragons, Segas first free-to-play title on the PlayStation Vita, is venturing outside of its homeland in Japan. The Tokyo-based games publisher announced today that it plans to launch a localized English version of Samurai & Dragons in seven Asian territories - Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia sometime in Spring 2013. In the Simulation part, youll play the role of a governor or lord instead, developing a plot of land that you own in Gaia=End by farming resources and building various structures in order to turn it into a powerful kingdom.
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Your goal in the Simulation part is to eventually become the ruler of one of the strongest kingdoms in Gaia=End, which will earn you the right to excavate the danger-filled Debris Tower dungeon in the Action part.

Card Battle part

Finally, in the Card Battle part of the game, you assemble teams of monsters to defend your kingdom, and pit them against monster teams that other players own in order to expand your kingdoms territory and amass more control over the land. Whats interesting about the Card Battle part is that from time to time Sega will run special collaboration campaigns during which players will be able to obtain monster cards featuring characters from other game franchises. For instance, back in November and December last year, players could add Sonic the Hedgehog, Virtua Fighters Akira Yuki, and other such gaming icons through a Sega AllStar seasonal card pack.

Read more about Segas Samurai & Dragons (PS Vita) here on SGCafe! Source: GameSpot

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Get your God of War Acension pre-order goodies this February


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God of War fans hankering to get their hands on all the limited bundles and peripherals the pre-order set has to offer shall wait no more come this Friday, 1 February 2013. The first 50 pre-orders for the God of War: Ascension DUALSHOCK3 Wireless Controller Limited Pack will be entitled to the plethora of limited merchandise and discounts which include the following: $9.90 discount on purchase of God of War Saga Collection A limited God of War: Ascension T-Shirt Two different special designed posters A God of War: Ascension mug Only two outlets, Funz Center and Isetan Orchards Sony Store will be eligible for the promotion.

This is what you can look forward to when you get your copy of the God of War: Ascension DUALSHOCK3 Wireless Controller Limited Pack God of War: Ascension Steelbook Edition x1 Special Print DUALSHOCK3 Wireless Controller x1

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It is a month of humanity versus aliens, especially for this coming February. We dug out a few gems where people simply arent satisfied playing video games, but cosplay them too. Aliens: Colonial Marines

DLC 1. Mythological Heroes Pack DLC 2. Blade of Judgement DLC 3. Pass for future DLC releases DLC 4. PS3 Dynamic theme DLC 5. Official game soundtrack DLC 6. 48 Hour MP XP Booster DLC 7. PSN Avatar Pack Here are the details to the event: Date: 1 February 2013 (Friday) Time: 7pm 9pm Venue: Funz Center, Isetan Orchard Sony Store Aliens has been with us for a long time, so it is no wonder many people have attempted to cosplay the aliens themselves. We found one such Alien in tumblr; and somehow Aliens love watching a match of basketball.

Funz Center: 181 Orchard Road, #05-43/44, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 Isetan Orchard: 435 Orchard Road #04-01, Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877 God of War: Ascension will be released on 12th March 2013 (Tuesday).Customers also can start to preorder several limited bundles at designated PlayStation Partner Shops from 2nd Feb 10th Mar 2013 and get a God of War: Ascension mug. Dead Space 3

[Cosplay] Blast them all aliens!


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/cosplay-blast-aliens/ By sentinel011 on January 29th, 2013

French cosplayers La and Kevin pulled off a convincing cosplay of Ellie and Isaac respectively, partnering up in last years Japan Expo 2012. Kevin sculpted the Security Suit, though we noticed there are some not-so-prominent inconsistencies with the original reference design. We reckon that it is to facilitate the costumes mobility, as
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the armour shards would restrict movement on the arms and shoulders.

Crysis 3 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have released the newest trailer from Injustice: Gods Among Us. Featuring Lex Luthor and other major players from the games story, the video provides the first glimpse into the battle lines being drawn among heroes and villains. Injustice: Gods Among Us debuts a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and many others. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale. Injustice: Gods Among Us will be released in Europe on Friday 19th April, for Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii U. There will also be a Collectors Edition, which will be available in limited quantities for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Despite being made in 2010, Anthony (also known as Master LE) still holds the benchmark of a good Nomad, or at least his suit. It comes with all the spiffy details like lights and weapons, though we hope there would be an update on the suit with the Crysis 3s Composite Bow. Aliens: Colonial Marines is due for release on the 12th, Crysis 3 on the 19th and Dead Space 3 on the 5th. All three games are multi-platform, so have fun hunting down your favourite critters!

Injustice: Gods Among Us reveals new trailer and official release date
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/injustice-gods-trailer-release-date/

The International Injustice: Gods Among Us Collectors Edition will include: Exclusive 25cm Injustice: Gods Among Us Collectible statue featuring iconic characters Batman and Wonder Woman
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Unique Steelbook Packaging An Injustice Comic Book Three exclusive skins based on Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman from DC COMICS THE NEW 52 The Injustice: Gods Among Us digital comic book from DC Entertainment is also available now. The comic is a prequel to the game, and it tells the story of events leading up to a new world order where heroes face each other in an epic fight to determine humanitys future. Download Injustice Gods Among Us #1 today at ReadDCEntertainment.com, through the DC Comics app, or on the iBookstore, Kindle Store or Nook Store. Visit www.injustice.com for more information of the game.

Dust Removal DRII image sensor cleaning function using ultrasonic vibrations Photo filters such as Toy Camera, Fish-Eye, HDR Also they comes by default with a Pentax-02 Standard Zoom lens, and with the same default specification found on other Q10. Selling at a price of 59,800 Yen (US$660), the Evashade Q10 will be released in April. Limited to 1500 units, the only disappointment is that theyll only be sold in Japan. (But that wont stop you from flying over to Japan to get your hands on one of them, right?)

Evangelion Q10 cameras by Pentax


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/evangelion-q10-cameras-pentax/ By weiq on January 28th, 2013

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Max Factorys new figma is Hunter x Hunters Gon Freecss


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/max-factorys-figma-hunter-huntersgon-freecss/ By ellehaym on January 28th, 2013

This month alone we have seen various products such as headphones, motorbike, and even Hello Kitty been evangelised. Now its the turn for the cameras to be, too. Pentax will be releasing special eva-ngelised Q10 series digital cameras. The special edition will be in the shade of the three well-known Eva Units Unit-00, Unit-01 and Unit-02. They dont just come with the looks , many nifty features are packed into them such as 12.4MP of Effective Pixel Shooting video clips at full HD (1080p, at 30 fps) 3 Inch LCD monitor

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Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent Watch its first TV ad


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/berserk-golden-age-arc-iii-descentwatch-tv-ad/ By ellehaym on January 28th, 2013

Dont you just find the versatility behind every figma amazing? And Im pretty sure that figure collectors love how figmas can do a variety of poses. If youre a Hunter x Hunter fan, its time to rejoice because Max Factorys upcoming figma is going to be one of HxHs main characters: Gon Freecss. As of writing this post, Good Smile Company hasnt revealed the full details of the upcoming figure in their official site. But according to a tweet by Hunter x Hunters official Twitter account, this Gon Freecss figma is slated for release in June and will be priced at 3,500 JPY.

Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent premieres in Japan this Friday, but its first TV ad had just started airing last Saturday. The 15-second commercial showcases Aria, the main theme of the movie. The upcoming films age rating was also adjusted because it depicts heavier objectionable themes compared to the two previous movies. Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent is the third instalment of the trilogy that covers Berserks Golden Age arc. All three films were directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka (animation director and character designer behind the Lunar series). The main themes were composed by Susumu Hirasawa with the original soundtrack composed by Shiro Sagisu. Last year, the first two films, Berserk Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme Ruler and Berserk Golden Age II: Battle for Doldrey premiered in February and June, respectively.

The latest movie of the HxH franchise, Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge, premiered last January 12. Prior to its release in theatres, Banpresto held a Scarlet Eyes figure lottery to promote the film. Sources: JEFusion and @hunter_anime

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are Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The February 1 Asian launch date for the English version of the game will coincide with the start of Samurai & Dragons third season cycle in Japan, which will also see the release of the Segakko 13: Yume Kanaeshi Mono card pack in that region. Currently there is no information on if the same pack will be offered to English version players on day one. In this online-only title, although players gameplay decisions are saved on Segas servers and reflected in a persistent world much like most MMORPGs, every couple of months Sega will end the current season of play and restart the game anew on a mostly clean slate, to ensure that the top leaderboard players do not hoard their position forever. Not every single thing in the game is reset, however. Certain player possessions, such as their entire collection of item and monster cards, are carried forward from one season to another. When the English Asian version launches on February 1, Japanese players and those from the seven Asian territories will be playing on separate servers. Sources: Crunchyroll and Berserk Wikia But Sega is open to the idea of connecting the Japanese servers to the Asian ones, so that players from all territories will be able to play from one another. The development team is considering doing so for the next season of the game, and at the fan meeting event yesterday, Samurai & Dragons producer Riichirou Yamada performed an impromptu poll to get some feedback on the thought from Japanese players in attendance.

Samurai & Dragons (English version) launches in Asia February 1


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Some of you may prefer to be able to compete with players from outside Japan to see whos the best in the world, but there are also players who think that communication with non-Japanese players may be a problem [due to the language barrier and potential differences in game etiquette], so wed like to find out what you think, he asked. The vast majority of the live audience at the fan meeting assented to the idea of worldwide servers. However, viewers who were watching a livestream of the fan meeting at home mostly voted against the idea. One viewer commented that it might not be such a good idea, especially now that China-Japan relations are at an all-time low after Japans purchase of the Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands. Producer Yamada, noted that there was player interest in worldwide servers, but felt that Sega should probably err on the side of caution.

Starting this Friday, February 1, PS Vita gamers in seven Asian territories will be able to download from the PlayStation store an English game client for the Segas freeto-play online title Samurai & Dragons, the games publisher announced yesterday at a fan meeting event in Tokyo. Previously the free-to-play titles release date was said to be sometime in Spring 2013. The seven Asian territories

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What were going to do for the next season [after season three], he said, is to give players the choice of playing on worldwide or Japan-only servers. Theres no reason why there has to be one or the other, so were thinking of offering both choices for the next season. There is no set date for when the upcoming season (season three in Japan) will end, but Sega will notify players at least one month in advance of the actual end date.

Phantasy Star Online 2 for the PS Vita will feature Trophy support
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2) A character Portrait mode in which you can use the Vitas back-facing camera to take augmented reality (AR) pictures.

3) On top of having Toro and Kuro as your party members on quests, there will also be Toro and Kuro-shaped Mags (a Mag is a robotic pal that hovers above your shoulders and occasionally help with combat).

Phantasy Star Online 2 will be the first free-to-play title on the PlayStation Vita to feature Trophy support; both Samurai & Dragons and Sonys Minna to Issho: Friend Network (the only two free-to-play games on the Vita at the moment) did not include Trophies. This wee bit of PSO2 info was revealed yesterday at Segas Samurai & Dragons Fan Meeting 2013 event, where the games producer Satoshi Sakai showed off a complete extended version of the PSO2 Vita launch trailer shared on the Net several weeks ago. On top of Trophies support, the extended trailer also mentioned three more features exclusive to the PS Vita version: 1) Players on the PS Vita version will get first dibs on an upcoming main scenario quest that will introduce a new NPC voiced by Eri Kitamura. This is exclusive to the Vita version only for a limited time; PC players will eventually be able to play the same quest, shortly after the Vita versions launch). Phantasy Star Online 2 for the PS Vita is slated to be released in Japan February 28. Read more about PSO2 here on SGCafe!

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All of Segas 13 consoles, 12 arcade boards personified in Samurai & Dragons collaboration card pack
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Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono (5 , literally Yakuza 5: Those Who Grant Dreams). Except, the Mono in that other Sega games case is written as the Kanji , which refers to human beings, whereas the Kanji used in Segakko 13s case is actually (machines), normally read as kikai.

Are you sure its okay to call it that? one of the hosts at a Samurai & Dragons Fan Meeting event, which was livestreamed on the Net earlier today, asked the games producer Riichirou Yamada when he announced the packs name. Yokoyama himself (Masayoshi Yokoyama, scenario writer for Yakuza 5) suggested it, so it should be alright. As long as Nagoshi (Yakuza series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi) doesnt find out, Yamada cheekily replied. Yamada said that he thought the subtitle was very appropriate, for he personally believes that consoles are machines that grant dreams. Or at least, that was the way the Sega games developer felt back when he was a kid, when his mother bought him his first games console a Sega SC-3000. The Segakko 13 pack will launch alongside Samurai & Dragonss third season of content updates in Japan, beginning February 1.

Kei, the illustrator who came up with Hatsune Mikus image, designed the personified forms of Segas 13 consoles. Veteran illustrators in the anime industry, including Total Eclipse character designer Yumiko Hara, will be handling the designs for the remaining 12 characters, themed after Segas arcade boards. All 25 characters will be featured as monster cards in Segas PS Vita free-to-play title, Samurai & Dragons, in two separate card packs one each for the console and arcade hardware-themed characters.

Segakko 13: Yume Kanaeshi Mono

The 13 console characters or Segakko (, lit. Sega daughters) will head to Samurai & Dragons first, in a collaborative card pack the games developer is calling the Segakko 13: Yume Kanaeshi Mono () pack. If Yume Kanaeshi Mono sounds familiar to you, thats because a similar phrase was used as the subtitle for Yakuza/
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More screencaps from the livestream:

Sega arcade hardware characters

Design work on all of the Sega arcade hardware characters have not yet been complete, so the Samurai & Dragons team
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were only able to share a few details on five of the characters planned for this series. From left to right in the picture above, youre looking at: Sega System 1, designed by Ryouko Amisaki, who worked on character designs for TV anime Sumomomo Momomo NAOMI, by Daisuke Kamei, who did key animation work for Tiger & Bunny Model 2, by Total Eclipse character designer Yumiko Hara Sega System 16, by Ikuma Fujibe who worked on Kamisama no Memochou/Heavens Memo Pad Sega System 12, by Yuko Yamada who worked on TV anime Hakuouki Namie Amuro, the A-list Japanese R&B singer whos performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of her Asia Tour 2013, has posted a 13-second sample of her upcoming song Big Boys Cry. The sample was revealed on her official Facebook page earlier. You can listen to Big Boys Cry here. Along with the sample is a short message to her fans: Thank you very much for all the comments!! Here is the new song Big Boys Cry exclusively on facebook!! Its just a small sample but hope you guys enjoy it!! ###################### Official Facebook ########### Big Boys Cry # ###### ############################ An English version of Samurai & Dragons will be released in Asia sometime in Spring 2013. The collaboration packs announced today are meant for the Japanese version of the game, and may not apply to the English version. Havent seen the schedule of her concert? Check out our previous post about the Asia Tour dates of Namie Amuro.

Namie Amuro teases fans with a short sample of Big Boys Cry
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J-Live Asia, Puffin Entertainment to present SCANDAL ASIA TOUR 2013 in Singapore this March
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Ticketing details Ticketing sales will commence from 4 February 2013. There will be an early bird discount on all tickets from 4 to 17 February, withVIP at $148 and GA at $118. Thats up to $20 discount per ticket! Online: 9AM at SISTIC (4 Feb 2013) Physical: 10AM at SISTIC outlets (4 Feb 2013) VIP: $168(1 Day) - High-Five with SCANDAL after concert - Exclusive SCANDAL SG concert poster (A2) - Premium viewing area standing GA: $118(1 Day) - Normal viewing area (behind VIP) standing Take note that the concert is a first come, first served free standing concert unlike its previous live at La Salle SIA Theatre. There will not be seats allocated for all ticket holders. The organizers will reveal official Live goods soon.

It seems like we are correct! The organizers of J-Live Asia, SOZO, will be bringing in the sensational quartet to perform in Singapore as part of their Asia Tour this March. Much like their solo concert back in 2011, Scandal will be performing two days in Singapore. As with all previous JLive Asia concerts, the live performance will be at *SCAPE Warehouse. Live Details Session 1: 16 March 2013 (Saturday) Door Open 6PM, Starts 7PM Session 2: 17 March 2013 (Sunday) Door Open 2PM, Starts 3PM

Source: J-Live Asia

Crysis 3 Beta impressions


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/crysis-3-beta-impressions/ By sentinel011 on January 30th, 2013

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Game Modes The game has 2 modes, namely the familiar Crash Site and the new Hunter mode. The two maps, Airport and Museum are of standard Crysis affair decently sized with loads of nook and crannies to hide and ambush. And of course, corner.

Crysis has struck the hearts of many with the amazing detail for its time. But will it be able to reinvent itself in terms of game play? I managed to test out the PC version of the beta today to see if the new Hunter mode lives up to its name. Menu The beta allows you to dive into the game within two minutes after launching, one if you have a fast connection and not fumble during your login. Servers are plentiful and speedy, perhaps due to the fact the betas just released. Up to three option add-on parts can be attached to your weapons, though as far as we have tested, we dont have that option to fiddle with one yet.

Right, so Hunter mode. The concept seemed complex but it is actually pretty simple you have two minutes to kill off all Cell Operatives (if you spawn as a Hunter with a badass one-hit-kill bow) or hold out through these two minutes if you are a Cell Operative. You will spawn as a Hunter if you are killed, and so will your other Cell Operative team mates. The Hunter Bow itself is awesome in itself, and will provide a one hit kill to any of your targets, but only if you pull the Bow long enough to reach maximum tension. And that, needs time. Obviously the Hunters have more pros than cons compared to being a measly Cell Operative. After all, being a Hunter is -almost- having cheat codes on. Running without any sound and permanently cloaked? Of course, you must think Cell Operatives have no chance then. Armed with only an EMP grenade, and either an assault rifle, sniper rifle or shotgun.

Well, for one, working together helps, as the Bow has a charge time to prepare for its next shot. And after every shot, the cloaking will flicker, providing you an opening to lob and EMP grenade at the Hunter and overwhelm him with sheer firepower.

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Gathering kills as a Hunter or staying alive as long as possible (while getting as many kills as possible) is the rule of the game. There isnt much lag, but we shall see when the full version of the game comes out. Perks and Achievements Every time you level up or achieve certain criteria, you are awarded with points and perks, as well as increase your level. Pretty much the same as the previous Crysis, but the game changer this time are the Challenges.

As you fulfil each Challenge, you get more XP, which in turn gives you better abilities as you level up. Be careful, each Challenge has a match cycle limit, so if you think that the Challenge will remain after 3 multiplayer matches, dont be surprised if it changes to another by the next match. While the Hunter mode breathes a fresh outlook to recent FPS games, I feel that the immersion will only be heightened as levels go higher, with more abilities, perks and weapon add-on parts to fit your play style.

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The first film of Thermae Romae garnered huge box office success in Japan last year. And now, it has been announced that the film adaptation of the comedy manga by Mari Yamazaki will receive a sequel scheduled to premiere in next years Golden Week. In Thermae Romae II, the main character Lucius gets assigned to do a very challenging taskto erect a thermae (bath house) in the Colosseum. He hits his head in an accident, causing him to time travel to the modern day Japan. The cast from the first film, including the main character from ancient Rome played by Hiroshi Abe, will be returning for the sequel. Aside from Abe, the ancient Roman characters will be played by Masachika Ichimura, Kazuki Kitamura, and Kai Shishido. The Japanese characters, on the other hand, will be played by Aya Ueto, Riki Takeuchi, and Takashi Sasano. The additional cast and details of the movie will be revealed soon. Once again, the film adaptation will be directed by Hideki Takeuchi. Download Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta from Origin online Store now!

Second Thermae Romae film scheduled for Japans Golden Week next year
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/thermae-romae-film-scheduledjapans-golden-week-year/ By ellehaym on January 30th, 2013

Thermae Romae II will be shot in Bulgaria, and this will be the first ever Japanese movie to be filmed in the said location. The production team also reveals that they will be reconstructing a full-scale Roman colosseum for the movie. Source: tokyohive

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Accel World: Kasoku no Choutens latest promo and screens make a last-minute bid for your hard-earned money
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/accel-world-kasoku-choutens-latestpromo-screens-last-minute-bid-hard-earned-money/ By KarbyP on January 30th, 2013

Accel World: Kasoku no Chouten is a sequel Ginyoku no Kakusei (Awakening of the Silver Wings), which Namco Bandai Games released last year for the PS3 and PSP platforms. If youre a fan of the Reki Kawahara (also of Sword Art Online fame) sci-fi light-novel-turned-anime-turned-game franchise whos familiar with the first game, then you sure wouldnt be a stranger to this second title, which features many of the same gameplay mechanics contained in the first. There will also be plenty of character-focused sidestories, as well as the usual suite of fanservice events. The game will also come with a bonus original video animation (OVA) episode where the series characters visit a hot springs inn. For more screens from the game, head over to Dengeki and Crunchyrolls stories (links below). Accel World: Kasoku no Chouten ( ) for the PS3 and PSP comes out in Japan January 31. Source: Dengeki [via Crunchyroll]

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Songs for February 2013 [video]
Accel World: Kasoku no Chouten (Apex of Acceleration) comes out tomorrow (January 31) in Japan for the PlayStation 3 and PSP platforms. Still dont know if you should pick it up? Here, maybe this latest promo and these screenshots of the anime series ladies in swimsuits will help with your indecision. Youre welcome.
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Finally, Yume Yume from Hatsune Miku feat. Future Stars Project Mirai (3DS) is coming to Project Diva Arcade! The three other songs featured in Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcades February songs update are on the rocks (also from Project Mirai), Kipple Industry Inc (brand new to the
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Project Diva series), and The Story of the Girl and Her (also new; was featured in a previous MikuPa concert). All four songs will be accessible in PDA cabinets in Japan and Asia beginning February 5. Heres a trailer reel:

Kipple Industry Inc /

Yume Yume /

Music & Lyrics by millstones Illustration by 2e Kipple Industry Inc is the first ever Happy Hardcore track to be feature in the Project Diva series, brought to you by millstones, a Vocaloid music producer whos worked on many Drum and Bass and Technopop tracks. This song is millstoness debut work in Project Diva. In creating the accompanying visuals for this song, Sega says that they worked hard to try and preserve the same sort of world view as seen in Kipple Industrys original PV when it was self-published on Nico Video (watch it below), and as described in the songs lyrics. To top it off, Sega motion-capped the dance motion for this song from popular Odottemita! ( or lit. Ive Danced It) movie maker Shizuku () for that extra touch of special. The Sega feat. Hatsune Miku Project development team must really love this song.

Music & Lyrics by DECO*27 Illustration by akka Theme song to Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai, Yume Yume was featured in the Saigo no Miku no Hi Kanshasai concert held last year on March 9. For the Project Diva Arcade rendition, Sega is doing an arranged version of the dance motion or choreography for the song as seen at last years concert. The stage backgrounds you see in the Project Diva Arcade version are based on those in the opening movie for Project Mirai.

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The story of the Girl and Her /

Music & Lyrics by OSTER project Illustration by IRIASU The song comes courtesy of OSTER project, whos said to be the leading authority on jazz amongst the Vocaloid producers featured in Segas Hatsune Miku games. A song written specifically for the 3DS Project Mirai game, on the rocks brings out the adult sensibilities that KAITO and MEIKO possess even more so now that the songs PV is in HD quality. Music & Lyrics by Illustration by A song that fans have often requested for Sega to add to PDA over on the games dedicated online portal Diva.Net. This song was previously featured in a MikuPa concert (the one held on 8 March 2012, if Im not mistaken). Marza Animation Planets Hideyuki Kinoshita (random fun fact: Kinoshita worked on Dead or Alive 4, too) worked on the dance motion/choreography for the song back then, and Sega is getting him to do a re-arranged version of the dance motion for the Project Diva Arcades PV. Special thanks to SGCafe reader Pineapplepen for tipping us off!

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Far Cry 3 exclusive for the PS3: High Tides DLC


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/cry-3-exclusive-ps3-high-tides-dlc/ By ellehaym on January 30th, 2013

If you havent purchased the game, now is the time to do so. You might even get your hands on Far Cry 3s special polo shirt giveaway (available until supplies run out).

Still not sure whether to pick up this game or not? Read SGCafes Far Cry 3 review. Games publisher Ubisoft has announced their latest DLC offering for your Far Cry 3 game: the High Tides DLC pack. This additional co-op mission is available for free on your PS3. So whats in store for players in this PS3 exclusive? Heres how the co-op mission goes: Four survivors were captured by Hoyts privateers. Find a way to escape with your friends from the underground prison and get away from the island of insane pirates and native rebels. Aside from this co-op mission, players will also get four new character skins. Get this latest DLC from the PlayStation Store today!

One Piece Film Z a vertical slice that hits all the high notes [Movie Review]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/one-piece-film-z-movie-review/ By KarbyP on January 30th, 2013

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You do not need to be an active follower of Eiichirou Odas One Piece manga and anime series to have a blast with One Piece Film Z. Not only does Toei Animations latest anime movie introduces amply the franchises world and key characters to first-time viewers, but the movie is really about the life story of Zephyr (who calls himself Z now, pronounced as Zed), a new character who was only recently introduced to the anime series as a lead-in to the self-sufficient film. Formally a top marine admiral, Z now bears deeply seeded hatred for the Marines. Despite having been a loyalist and trusted comrade in the Marines Corp, for a very sane and logical reason that will be revealed at the 108-minute flicks halfway point, Z was eventually left disenchanted with the force and chose to leave along with his left and right-hand assistants: Ain and Binz. Like Zephyr himself, both Ain and Binz are new characters whose powers will be explained shortly after the start of the movie. Ains ability (the female character you see in the image below), in particular, poses a peculiar problem to four members of the Straw Hats Pirates crew Nami, Robin, Chopper, and Brooks that serves as a running gag throughout the film.

gang nurse Z backs to health, an epic battle breaks out aboard the crews Thousand Sunny ship. The Straw Hat Pirates suffer a quick defeat, but manages to make a narrow escape in time. In the battles aftermath, Tony Tony Chopper (the crews doctor and lovable human-reindeer hybrid) blames himself for wanting to stick to his principles as a doctor and nurse Z back to health, even though everyone suspected Z to be a dangerous adversary, since hes wielding a seastone weapon. The crew tells Chopper not to think that way, and that as pirates who do whatever the hell they want, it is important for them to stick to their principles.

Besides, unbeknownst to the Straw Hat Pirates, had they not encountered Z, then the entire world of One Piece, as fans know it, might just end, should the almighty Marines fail to put a halt to Zs ambitions. Without giving any plot details away, lets just say that it is actually Luffy and gangs great fortune to have suffered defeat under the hands of Z. It is also Singapores great fortune to have One Piece Film Z shown here in our cinemas. For One Piece Film Z is the rare type of anime movie that doesnt simply pander to its target audiences tastes, but is actually intelligent and funny enough that even adults and non-fans will find themselves laughing out loud, instead of groaning at terribly lame puns or cheesy plot twists.

Together, the three and their crew are now the Marines top threat to eliminate, and at the start of the movie we see Z and his men storming into a marine base to steal a controlled weapon: DynaStone, an explosive resource so powerful that it can destroy entire islands. But Z doesnt just hate the Marines. He strongly hates pirates too more so than his former allies, in fact. Back when he was serving in the force, one of them pirates did cut off his left arm, after all, which led to marine scientists replacing it with a gigantic bionic arm made out of seastone the same sort of material the Marines use to make jail cells and handcuffs. Seastone apparently emits the same energy wavelength that the ocean does, and so Devil Fruit users are weak to this stuff, as evidenced in the movie when protagonist Monkey D. Luffy attempts to rescue Z, whom the Straw Hats pirates find drifting in the middle of the ocean. When Luffy, the user of the Gomu Gomu no Mi Devil Fruit which makes his body elastic like rubber, stretches out his arm to grab ahold of Zs bionic attachment and to reel him in with, our hero feels his life energy getting sucked out of him, as if he were left to drown in the ocean. Coupled with his many years of experience fighting treacherous pirates, Zs seastone bionic arm makes him a formidable adversary for our hero Luffy. After Luffy and

Any friends or family members that you drag into watching this film with you will come out of it thinking differently about anime, if they werent already fond of it to begin with.

Theyll especially love Tony Tony Choppers child-like naivete (at one point Chopper attaches his milk bottle to his left paw in an attempt to mimic Z), and Brook the re8

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animated skeletons role as comic relief: in one scene where our heroes head off to the hot springs, Brook comments that hes been soaking in the hot springs for so long that his bones are leaking (in Japanese he says, literally, soup is coming out of me). Theres plenty of action and fanservice here too. Luffy and his Straw Hats Pirates undergo through no less than two wardrobe changes (three sets of costumes). Marines characters who do not have speaking roles appear in the background during various scenes at the navys HQ.

Apart from that, I only have two other minor gripes for this otherwise fantastic movie. First, for some reason throughout the film there are a couple of weird, non-sequitur moments like Luffy suddenly stopping between one fight and the next to eat a giant chunk of meat, or Z gazing solemnly at a capsule of DynaStone for a good 15 seconds or so that completely stops the flow of the movie and might even turn your mind off for a short while. It certainly did for me it was as if I was having an outof-body experience where my inner conscience drifted all the way to Toei Animation to scream at One Piece Film Zs director Tatsuya Nagamine: why the hell are you showing me this, get on with the movie, damnit! (Oh, but what do I know about anime? Absolutely nothing; I am nobody but a humble anime fan). The second is that, despite doing a good job of explaining every single important detail to first-time viewers in the simplest way possible (who is Nami? She is a navigator. What is Brooks power? Ice thingie. Whats Luffys Gear Second form? Oh, he accelerates the flow of his blood to power up. Whats the meaning behind the name change from Zephyr to Z? Find out in the movie), the film never attempts to explain whats going on in one particular fight scene where the combatants arms suddenly turn black.

Also, the One Piece anime and manga series are known for the often creative ways that intense battles are portrayed, and Toei Animation does not disappoint here. Battles in other Shounen Manga shows can often be distilled down to the following boring premise: characters A and B spam each other with all of their special attacks, in order of increasing power, until one of them gets blown away. Personally, Ive felt that thats never been the case with the One Piece series, in which characters often fight while making terrific use of their environments and rely on good ol hand-to-hand combat (or sword-to-sword, gun-to-gun, etc), before bringing out their special attacks only in situations that truly call for it. In that sense, One Piece Film Z doesnt disappoint as well. There are also a few touching and awe-inspiring moments in One Piece Film Z as well. For instance, prepare to be awestruck when Luffy and gang receives from an old man the Ultimate Weapon to combat Z with. Although the One Piece series is known for its numerous heartfelt moments, unfortunately this time around there werent really any powerful scenes that elicit a tear-jerker response the same way the Ash-Ketchum-turning-intostone moment in the first Pokemon movie did; everyone Ive talked to who watched that movie said they teared up as they watched Pikachu cry out desperately to a petrified Ketchum, the imagery akin to that of a young kid not understanding the concept of death and how to deal with the going-away of a loved one. The most emotionally powerful moment in the film comes from a brief moment where an old illustration of RedHaired Shanks putting a straw hat on a young, crying Luffy is flashed on the screen for about three seconds. The illustrations effect was amplified by the context behind it in the movie, and I was close to tearing up at that point. But did it impress me? No, this is rehashing old material.

I had to find out after the movie that this was called Busoshoku: Koka or Armament: Hardening which, in all fairness, is really difficult to explain basically certain characters are able to manipulate spiritual energy into coating their arms black, like a steel weapon. But if youre already very familiar with the source material to begin with, then One Piece Film Z is an absolute no-brainer: you have to watch this. And bring a few friends along to the movie with you. Who knows, you might turn them into newly-converted One Piece fans.

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Its really difficult for any anime or manga fan to try and read or watch the One Piece manga and anime series from start to its latest development the series is up to volume 68 (manga) and 500-something episodes (anime) now. So consider One Piece Film Z a vertical slice of the longrunning series. One that hits all the high notes. Heres hoping that Toei Animation will succeed in bringing the movie out to not just Asia, but also the Americas, Europe, and the rest of the world. For even for movie-goers who know absolutely nothing about One Piece, its still incredibly funny to watch a petite reindeer-human attach a milk bottle to his paw and pretend hes Bionic Commando (pew, pew!). ONE PIECE FILM Z will be opening at all Cathay Cineplexes starting 21 February 2013. Sneak peeks will also be held on January 31 to February 3. Movie-goers who pre-purchase their tickets are entitled to One Piece Film Z premiums, the contents of which differ depending on the date of ticket-collection.

Japanese idol unit ClariS will be performing the OP song entitled reunion for the second season of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (a.k.a. Oreimo). For the album cover art of the new single, Hiro Kanzaki provides a new illustration for the Jpop duo. The new character illustration was posted on the official website of ClariS. Kanzaki, the character designer of Oreimo, had previously provided illustrations for Jpop idol unit, which includes their debut single Irony (Oreimos first season OP theme). The new illustration features new outfits for the duo, with a slightly altered hairstyle for Clara.

Jpop duo ClariS receives an updated character illustration from Hiro Kanzaki
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/jpop-duo-claris-receives-updatedcharacter-illustration-hiro-kanzaki/

Kanzakis illustration for ClariS single Irony:

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Welcome message from Clamp. As we had reported on the xxxHoLiC themed cafe, which had opened on the 21st of this month, here are some latest photos released by Kodanshas Young Magazine.

ClariS new single, reunion, will be out in Japan on April 17. Source: Crunchyroll

xxxHoLiC themed cafe in Shibuya


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/xxxholic-themed-cafe-shibuya/ By weiq on January 30th, 2013

Part of the cafe, with artworks from the manga series.

Beautiful replica from the live-action series.

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One of Yukos costume from the live-action series. And the mouth-watering special menu, which is only available for the duration of the themed cafe.

Close-up shot of the special menu and the six limited original coasters, which are only available with orders from the special menu.

Special menu. Top: nerikiri (bean paste sweet) & snow bunny, strawberry chiffon cake, xxxHOLiC honey toast. Bottom: coasters, fondant chocolat, banana pancakes

xxxHOLiC honey toast, with Yukos iconic butterfly and the black Mokona, Larg. In a corner at the nearby Shibuya Tsutaya shop, in addition to offering a sneak preview of various scenes of the liveaction series, the shop also displayed the costume of Yuko Ichihara.

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Display of Yukos costume and various scenes from the series.

Its Megurine Lukas birthday today! In celebration of the pink-haired virtual idols birthday, Project Diva Arcade has released a video the features a medley of her songs. In case youre wondering, Megurine Luka was originally released by Crypton Future Media on January 30, 2009. Enjoy the 6-minute video prepared by Sega for the digital diva and her fans: The songs included in this video are as follows: Hoshikuzu Utopia: music and lyrics by otetsu Meiteki Cybernetics: music and lyrics by otetsu Just Be Friends: music and lyrics by Dixie Flatline Close-up of Yukos costume. The themed cafe will be held until 3rd March, while the drama corner at Shibuya Tsutaya will be from 28th January to 28th February. For more information and updates on the cafe and drama corner, you can follow the links below. source: kc.kodansha.co.jp, twitter/xxxHOLiCcafe Colorful x Sexy (sung with Meiko): music and lyrics by Team Moer Magnet (sung with Hatsune Miku): music and lyrics by minato Iya Iya Seijin: music and lyrics by Iyaiya-P Luka Luka Night Fever: music and lyrics by samfree Hanama Tsukiuta Tan: music and lyrics by Hoskey, Yukie Dong Double Lariat: music and lyrics by Agoaniki Leia by: music and lyrics Yukiyuppe Palette: music and lyrics by Yukiyuppe, meola Worlds End Dancehall (sung with Hatsune Miku): music and lyrics by wowaka No Logic: music and lyrics by JimmyThumb-P The video also includes an announcement of a new song for the arcade game to be added this spring: Black Gold by otetsu.

Project Diva Arcade celebrates Megurine Lukas birthday with a medley of her songs [VIDEO]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/project-diva-arcade-celebratesmegurine-lukas-birthday-medley-songs-video/

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture 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, dont miss out this chance to catch the movie during this festive season. Read up on our review, then book your tickets!

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

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-orderdetails/ By KarbyP 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,

Game retailers in Singapore have officially begun taking preorders 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.

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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 thats not all! Fans who rush out to the game stores and make their preorders 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 Freefor-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-ps3late-february-ice-silver-vite-in-march/

If youre 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 gamers entertainment or living room.
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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:

AKB48 member Minegishi Minami shaves head as act of apology due to sex scandal
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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:

As queer as Japans 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 societys 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 Minegishis case, the shame she brought upon would be to her idol management as well as the rest of AKB48s members, as Japanese idols often had to sign contracts dictating that they are not allowed to have romantic relationships.

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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 Minegishis scandal article and photos: This is regarding Minami Minegishis 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 AKB48s Official YouTube Channel. The following is a translation of Minegishis statement: Im Minegishi Minami from Umeda team B of AKB48. Im 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, its 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 selfawareness as a senior member. My brain blanked out and Im still unable to figure out what to do, what I can do. But after I saw the magazine a little ago, I couldnt help but doing something. And I decided to shave my head without consulting any member or staff at my agency. Although I dont think I would be forgiven by doing this, the first thing that I went through my head was that I dont want to leave AKB48. This is a place where my dear members, who I spent my blossom of youth together, are. And its unimaginable to even think about leaving the group where Im with so many wonderful and sweet fans.

I understand its wishful thinking, but if its possible, I would like to still be AKB48s Minegishi Minami. This is all my fault. Im truly sorry. I will leave my hereafter to the hands of Akimotosensei and management. Though I havent 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


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Initially scheduled to come out sometime in Spring 2013, today Rockstar Games has issued an official statement saying that Grand Theft Auto Vs release has been delayed. It will arrive on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on September 17 instead. Along with the announcement, Rockstars 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 Vs world of Los Santos was said to be bigger than the settings in
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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

showcased last year). Aside from the trailer, the films 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 Kisekis 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, Indexs image song sung by Yuka Iguchi (the CD will be released on February 6). Full trailer TV commercials

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2s 2nd PV re-introduces the Straw Hats Pirates crew
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Watch the full trailer for the To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki movie (plus two TV CM) [video]
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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 arent 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. Were not too sure if the pre-order bonus would apply to Singapore and the rest of Asia at the moment. 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
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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 2s 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.

Looks delicious, right? Tonkatsu () Restaurant Cook Fan in the anime:

Tank type pork cutlet from Girls und Panzer exists in real life
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/tank-type-pork-cutlet-girls-undpanzer-exists-real-life/ By ellehaym on January 31st, 2013

In real life:

The cook in the anime:

Remember that tonkatsu eatery called Tonkatsu Restaurant Cook Fan seen in Girls und Panzers 10th episode? The place actually exists in real life! And on top of that, the restaurant staff has officially announced that theyll be adding the tank type pork cutlet (seen above) in their menu. Heres how the real version looks like:

In real life:

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(I wonder if he also does the katsu katsu word play in real life like what he does in episode 10) So if youre 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

Meltlilith (voiced by Saori Hayami) is the last of three Sakura Matou lookalikes to be introduced in Type-Moon and Imageepochs 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 Meltliliths character illustrations were first revealed shes got sharp, pointed needles for legs, for cripes sake! Whatever the hell does she need that for?

Fate/Extra CCCs 7th short movie: Meltlilith has sadistic tendencies


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Do you feel like submitting yourself wholeheartedly to me? Im asking you, yes or no? Would you rather be in heaven or hell? Meltlilith asks in a cold, refined, and slightly holierthan-thou voice Tell me. Depending on your answer, I may or may not think about the fun things well do after dinner, Meltlilith she goes on. Theres almost a tinge of nobility in her voice. But her true colours only emerge when she gets to talking about what shell 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. Its like tearing off the wings of a little bird.

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You, too, can submit yourself to Meltliliths 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-mikuproject-diva-ps-vita-february-5/ By KarbyP on January 31st, 2013

This is the third DLC pack for the PS Vita rhythm game. Will it come to Asia? We dont know for sure, but were guessing that it likely will. The first pack made it safely onto Asian shores PS Stores, but the second pack - featuring a collaboration between Sonys PlayStation mascot cats Toro and Kuro, and Segas Hatsune Miku game was sold exclusively on the Japanese store. If the new pack is sold in Asian territories, were 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 wont know for sure until we check the PS Store on February 5 itself.

Project Diva f Additional Item Set Pack (free)


A DLC pack containing both of the Snow Miku 2013 modules (character skins) that Sega unveiled late last year for the PS Vitas Project Diva f will be released on the Japanese PlayStation Store next Tuesday, February 5, to be sold for the price of 300 yen.

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)
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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.

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Scandal Asia Tour LIVE IN SINGAPORE 2013 Message Video released


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/scandal-asia-tour-livesingapore-2013-message-video-released/ By sentinel011 on February 4th, 2013

Snow Miku snow sculpture for Sapporo Snow Festival 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/snow-miku-snow-sculpture-sapporosnow-festival-2013/ By bj0rN on February 4th, 2013

Earlier today the local organizers of Scandals 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 cant resist the allure of Singapores 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! Photographs of the completed Snow Miku snow sculpture at this years Sapporo Snow Festival have been revealed.

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Here are some images of the snow sculpture that was done for last year.

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.

Source: Hachima Kik

Washin to release Hatsune Miku gaming glasses


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/washin-release-hatsune-mikugaming-glasses/ By bj0rN on February 4th, 2013

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Washin, a eye glass store chain has revealed its Hatsune Miku Project Diva glasses for gamers during the Niconico Live stream of Segas Puyo Jikan TV.

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 wasnt 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! 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 Kik 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-indextreatment/ By ellehaym on February 3rd, 2013

Girls Und Panzer Survival War OVA


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/girls-und-panzer-survival-war-ova/

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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 youre a big fan of Kazuma Kamachis To Aru Majutsu no Index and youre 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: dont stay in one area.

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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 Okabes mobile phone. It is priced at 11,550 JPY (around 125 USD). The To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki movie is slated to premiere on February 23 in Japan. Source: Animeanime.jp Sources: Crunchyroll and Official Steins;Gate Website Product Page

Steins;Gate films premiere date announced


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/steins-gate-movie/ By ellehaym on February 1st, 2013

Sony to make a big announcement about PlayStation 4 on February 20 [video]


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/sony-big-announcementplaystation-4-february-20-video/ 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 dj-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 its recommended that viewers finish the entire TV anime series before watching the movie. Steins;Gate Fuka Ryoiki no dj-vus opening date is close to the release date of the franchises 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. 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, Microsofts Xbox, in the latter of 2013.
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PlayStations manufacturer previously considered the removal of the system disc drive in the effort to create a fullydigital 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 usermachine interaction rather than hardware enhancements. The press event happens in less than three weeks. Are you excited? Source: The Wall Street Journal via gematsu

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-codegeass-akito-exiled-chapter-2/ By ellehaym on February 1st, 2013

Hanasaku Irohas upcoming movie will reveal the past of Ohanas mom
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/hanasaku-irohas-upcoming-moviereveal-ohanas-mom/ 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 Exileds 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 wont be able to see it. Fortunately, a concerned fan has uploaded the video on YouTube: When Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Homes 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 Ohanas mom (in her younger years) about to run away from home. Im guessing that the notebook is connected to her moms past. The video also features Kage Fumi by nano.RIPE (the pop rock band that previously performed songs for Hanasaku Irohas TV anime). For more details on the upcoming movie, just read our previous post. 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. Havent seen the first episode yet? Go ahead and watch it already! The story may have a simple premise, but its 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-lolchallenge-party/

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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 Summoners 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.

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.

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.

Here are some of the activities that are still ongoing at press time:

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Dont miss our upcoming interview with the fabulous Ahri cosplayer whom is also one of the DJs, Liljaguar at the event!

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PlayStation 4: price and release date rumours


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/playstation-4-price-release-daterumours/ By ellehaym on February 7th, 2013

New Dragon Quest VII LiveAction commercials


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/dragon-quest-vii-live-actioncommercials/ By weiq 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, Sonys 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 PS4s controller (currently unnamed), will almost have the same shape as the PlayStation 3s DualShock 3 with the addition of a touchpad. IGN is currently waiting for Sonys comment on the report. Given that these rumours are true, will you purchase the PlayStation 4 this year? For now, lets just hope that every question we have about Sonys upcoming console will clear up on February 20.

Dragon Quests 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

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Watch these impressive stop motion animation videos featuring a variety of action figures
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/watch-impressive-stop-motionanimation-videos-featuring-variety-action-figures/ By ellehaym on February 6th, 2013

Magis dungeon clearing scenario sounds good for an action RPG. And thats 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: For YouTube user Counter656 (Dali Taichung aka John Huang in real life), action figures are more than just for display in his roomthey can be as dynamic as originally seen in their respective anime series. You dont 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 Huangs 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 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-weaponsaugment-mode-featured-metal-gear-rising-revengeance-trailers/

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-3dsgame-hits-stores-japan-month/

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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 arent 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 Sams blade is usable, enabling Raiden to dualwield the HF blades. Konami also released trailers introducing the different grunt variants; the normal foot soldiers and the Unmanned Gears. Theres a Heavy Soldier wielding a hammer bigger than Raidens 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.

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 kids 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 Codas BLOODY STREAM. Being among the top 3 artistes to garner a spot within Oricons weekly charts is surely a prestigious one, similar to USAs 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 SKE48s 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. Kyarys tweet caught a local fans 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, havent had any additional details such as date and location as well as ticket prices. Source: oricon.jp

Kyary hits #3 in weekly Oricon charts with latest single release


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/kyary-hits-3-weekly-oricon-chartslatest-single-release/

See the girls of Tamako Market in their swimsuits


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/girls-tamako-market-swimsuits/

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By ellehaym on February 5th, 2013

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Kanna Makino

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 wont be seeing them in full colour because that would just kill the excitement for the next episode, right? Tamako Kitashirakawa Shiori Asagiri

Midori Tokiwa Arent they cute? Tamako Market episode 5 web preview: Source:

Studio Ghiblis Kaguya-hime no Monogatari pushed back to fall


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/studio-ghiblis-kaguya-himemonogatari-pushed-fall/

February 7th, 2013


By ellehaym on February 5th, 2013

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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 Takahatas Kaguya-hime no Monogatari wont make it to theatres this summer. The movie is rescheduled for a premiere this fall. Dont be too disappointed, though. Hayao Miyazakis Kaze Tachinu opens this summer in Japan as scheduled. Heres the statement released by Toho, the distribution company of Takahatas 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, its 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 its 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.

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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 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 - 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.

Cofesta presents Manga Festival in Singapore, to be held in Kinokuniya Orchard


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/cofesta-presents-manga-festivalsingapore-held-kinokuniya-orchard/ By sentinel011 on February 5th, 2013

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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.

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Lucky Star characters to teach organic chemistry


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/lucky-star-characters-teach-organicchemistry/ By weiq on February 8th, 2013

Chemistry students, dont 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 LuckyStar - Impressive learning Chemistry (Organic Chemistry). It is the second collaboration study book following the previous LuckyStar - 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

Plus, youll 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

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Rayman Legends announced for PS3 and Xbox 360


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/rayman-legends-announced-ps3xbox-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 thats 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 its 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

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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 theres 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

Last year, Sunrise revealed its upcoming mecha anime Valvrave the Liberator through promotional videos. However, very little information was disclosed. Finally, Valvraves 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)

Valvrave the Liberator characters introduced, angela to perform the series ED song
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/valvrave-liberator-charactersintroduced-angela-perform-ed-song/ By ellehaym on February 8th, 2013

Shoko Sashinami (seiyuu: Asami Seto)

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Saki Rukino (seiyuu: Haruka Tomatsu)

Marie Nobi

Kyuma Inuzuka

Yusuke Otamaya

Aina Sakurai

Raizo Yamada
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Satomi Renbokoji

Takumi Kibukawa

Takahi Ninomiya

Rion Nanami

Akira

Illustration of the humanoid weapon Valvrave:


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heart, still has a story to tell. In Shonen Sundays 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 Tenkouse) (popular for Honou no

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.

The site has also streamed the animes 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 Liberators 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 oneshot feature of Shonen Sunday


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/inuyasha-returns-one-shot-featureshonen-sunday/ By ellehaym on February 8th, 2013

Source: Crunchyroll

InuYasha concluded with a sweet and happy ending five years ago, but its creator Rumiko Takahashi, with a big

Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention 2013 dates announced


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/singapore-toy-games-comicconvention-2013-dates-announced/

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For more information on this event, check out STGCCs official Facebook page.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyus next single: Ninjyari Ban Ban [Video]


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-next-singleninjyari-ban-ban-video/ By KarbyP on February 7th, 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 Harajuku pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyus 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:

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The World Wide Web is a great place to express your fandom and love for anime and games. And I would bet that youve 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. The TV commercial was filmed at a special live concert held at Tokyos Doujouji (a Buddhist temple) on January 29 to commemorate Kyarys 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 phones 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 Kyarys new single will be released are due to be announced at a later date. Source: Natalie 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 (Im a girl for goodness sake!).

If you were an anime character, who would your seiyuu be? Find out with ShindanMaker!
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Unsatisfied with previous outcome, I typed in my full name.

This time, Im satisfied. I love Marina Inoues (Guren Laganns Yoko) voice and it would be a great pleasure to be voiced by her, if I was an anime character. I also tried ellehaym

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and got a male seiyuu again. Ugh! I was curious about the other results generated by ShindanMaker so I typed our administrators username: Unlike Namco Bandais Tiger & Bunny: On-Air Jack, D3 Publishers Heros Day lets you pick to play as any of the anime series eight protagonists. At the moment its not confirmed if each character in the game will have his or her own individual ending, but at the very least, the games developer have confirmed that Heros Day will feature multiple endings depending on the choices you make throughout the adventure. Choices in Heros Day largely falls under two categories: adventure part choices, and time-limited Battle Choices. Note that just because its called Battle Choices, doesnt 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 theyre a battle against time. Heres an example of each.

According to ShindanMaker, sentinel011 will be voiced by Daisuke Ono, the seiyuu behind Kuroshitsujis Sebastian Michaelis. I was having so much fun so I also tried our editors username.

Adventure-part choices
ShindanMaker says KarbyP will be voiced by Kazuya Nakai, the seiyuu who lent his voice to One Pieces 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: Heros Day features has time-limited choices that might impact the games ending
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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 dont always go as planned in Heros 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 youre a fan who has to know everything about your favourite characters in Tiger & Bunny, youd want to play through each characters scenario multiple times to see and learn everything.

To be honest, in this case I dont 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 Kaedes responses to this scenario might be, depending on what you pick: What kind of an excuse is that? So this is how youre plan on hoodwinking me into thinking you remember, huh?

Battle choices

Fanservice
Outside of the main game itself, Tiger & Bunny: Heros Day will also come loaded with oodles of fanservice. One prime example of fanservice here is something that the games developer is calling eyecatch. These are bootup 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, its sure been a while huh? Howve you been

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 its 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 cant 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 didnt think Kaede would actually remember it. Ask about Kaedes mood today Ah, I drank a little too much yesterday, huh

(Early afternoon) What, theres a small test today? I didnt hear about it what do I do now?!

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(Winter) Heroes dont need to whine that the weather is cold or that they might lose under such cold conditions. If you dont like it, its okay if you quit, you know?

(Morning) .Mor.ni.ne? Tiger & Bunny: Heros Day comes out for the PSP March 20 in Japan. Source: 4Gamer

LUNA SEAs arrival at the Singapore Changi Airport


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/luna-seas-arrival-singapore-changiairport/ 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. Heres 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 bands press conference here.

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture


A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture (And a few other objects) Apart from the price and release date announcements, Jump magazines feature on JoJos Bizarre Adventure: ASB also reveals that Part 8: Jojolions 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.

JoJos Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (PS3, X360) comes out August 29 in Japan
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The release of Namco Bandai Games and developer CyberConnect2s JoJos Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle has been dated. According to this weeks issue of Jump magazine, the PS3 and X360 3D fighting game will be released in Japan on August 29 this year. JoJos 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 youre 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 Ill have to furnish the full details later, but at the very least youre getting: A sculpted figure of Jotaro Kujo from Part 3 A gold plate featuring an illustration drawn by JoJos Bizarre Adventure author Hirohiko Araki Soundtrack disc
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Ghost in the Shell: Arises 1st PV and OP trailers preface the 4-part series
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Batou - Kenichirou Matsuda (Prince of Tennis IIs Ryji Tsuge) Togusa - Tarusuke Shingaki (Fate/zeros Kariya) Ishikawa - Tomoyuki Dan (Japanese voice of Batman in recent movies) Saito - Nakakuni Takuro Paz - Youji Ueda (JoJos Bizarre Adventures Speedwagon) Borma - Kazuya Nakai (One Pieces Roronoa Zoro) Daisuke Aramaki - Ikkyu Jyuku

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 (ARISE border1 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 ). In Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Maaya Sakamoto will voice lead character Motoko Kusanagi, whos 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:

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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-socialgame/ 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!!), a social game based on Takehiko Inoues popular manga and anime series. Launched today on DeNAs Mobage games platform, the new Slam Dunk social game was co-developed between DeNAs 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 Sakuragis love interest Haruko Akagi come in), and Tactics (Coach Anzai) cards.

In an attempt to further infuse some of the real sports 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 () mirroring plays as seen in the Slam Dunk anime series may activate. And youll want to activate as many Skill Links as you can, as they are the key to winning matches against other players.

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Actor Osamu Mukai debuts as a seiyuu in Doraemon


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/actor-osamu-mukai-debuts-seiyuudoraemon/ By ellehaym on February 12th, 2013

With each victory you covet, youll earn yourself a videotape, an in-game item thats 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 youll eventually unlock something called Memorial Film, which are brief clips or scenes taken directly from the Slam Dunk anime series. You dont really see that in a lot of social games, but this is possible here thanks to Toei Animations 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. Its not mentioned anywhere if Slam Dunk author Takehiko Inoue has had a hand in the writing here, however. So its 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.

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 whats 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 hell 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

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]

Luna Sea The End of the Dream Live review


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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 Sugizos beautiful violin solo during the song Providence.

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 JRock 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.

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 wasnt enough, he
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ended his speech with an I LOVE YOU SINGAPORE which made everyone go crazy.

Photos of these Hatsune Miku figures were shared by a user on the popular Japanese image board, Futaba Channel. Check them out:

With this concert, LUNA SEA certainly fulfilled the dreams of many fans. It was truly The End of the Dream. Credits: Photographers Chen Mcdonnell, More Than Good Hooks Written by: Emerson Yang Jinfu, Peter

Over 100 Hatsune Miku figures displayed at Wonder Festival 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/100-hatsune-miku-figuresdisplayed-festival-2013/ By ellehaym on February 11th, 2013

For avid fans of Crypton Future Medias 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.

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Well, that and to collect cards with moe on them, of course.

Other key features of the game include interacting with Hyperdimension Neptunias 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 its 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.

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-hyperdimensionneptunia-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 theyre 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.

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Macross Crossover Live 30 announced at Wonder Festival


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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

Perfumes Mirai no Museum PV features the techno-pop groups members as androids from the year 20XX [Updated]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/perfumes-mirai-no-museum-pvfeatures-techno-pop-groups-members-androids-year-20xx/ By KarbyP on February 11th, 2013

Are you headed to Japan this July? If youre 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 Frontiers Ranka) Mayn (Sheryls singing voice in Macross Frontier) Chie Kajiura (Mylenes singing voice in Macross 7) Yoshiki Fukuyama (provided Basaras singing voice and guitar work in Macross 7) Mari Iijima (Macross Minmay) and more!

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 Perfumes 17th single, Mirai no Museum, has been finished. The newly-minted MV, a computer-generated animation with the groups members inserted via chroma-key, was shown today for the first time to the Japanese press. Hopefully that means well 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 Perfumes acting skills, as the units 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

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time to the 19XXs, where they meet a timid young box named P-ta (P 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 boys name P-ta, of course, is a reference to Perfumes 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 arent any dancing parts, so its focused entirely on us acting! Furthermore weve finally got lasers coming out of our eyes (laughs)! Its the kind of development only possible since this [music video] is a collaboration with anime, so we think its 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 Perfumes 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 Museums MV also ends with a cool comic book page-flipping visual effect that caps off with a shot of the books cover illustration the very same one used for the singles limited edition CD jacket.

Perfumes 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; heres 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.
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Today at a The Idolm@ster Music Festiv@l of Winter concert held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Namco Bandai Gamess 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 movies 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 movies 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.

Source: Dengeki, Famitsu

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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-homuraakemi-you-alone-cinderella-girls-figures-open-pre-orders-feb-18/ By KarbyP on February 15th, 2013

Just because you (and us) werent physically at the Wonder Festival 2013 convention held in Chibas Makuhari Messe this past Sunday, doesnt mean theres absolutely no way you could pre-order anything that was shown at the event. Take Good Smile Companys 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!

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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. For more information, pictures, and pricing details on the 10 respective WonHobby exclusive figures, head over to the online stores Wonderful Hobby Life for You! 17 splash page, where youll 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 its 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. Its really quite a deal; I wished more stores could do that. GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP [ WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! ]

Max Factorys 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 Sheryls 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 Fairys upcoming figure.

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-highlightssheryl-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
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Alters 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 preorder. This figure is so pretty, you might end up forgetting that shes actually a king. Alters Saber Lily PVC was inspired by TYPE-MOONs 10th anniversary illustration.

Sources: Gigazine via Crunchyroll, AmiAmi and Good Smile Company Official Site

Watch Hatsune Miku transform into Fei-Yen HD in Super Robot Wars UXs 2nd PV
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/watch-hatsune-miku-transform-feiyen-hd-super-robot-wars-uxs-2nd-pv/ By KarbyP on February 15th, 2013

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 youre a Hunter x Hunter fan, dont miss these posable figures from Max Factory which allows you to recreate the scenes from the anime. Now, if only theyd make a Leorio and Kurapika versions, things would be more interesting, dont you think?
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in ParaPhrays 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: / Ten-Faced Lyrics, composition and arrangement: YM If youre a mecha anime fan, youll probably enjoy this new Super Robot Wars UX PV way more than I have - why, its over 10 minutes long! Im 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!

Zutto Kono Mama


Also known as: Lyrics, composition and arrangement: Rerulili ()

Rappa-Fuki no Shounen
Also known as: / The Trumpet-Playing Boy Lyrics, composition and arrangement: PIPOSARU Megpoid the Music (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 Official Site

Megpoid the Music: 3rd gameplay video, 3 more songs unveiled


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/megpoid-music%E2%99%AFs-3rdgameplay-video-3-more-songs-unveiled/ By KarbyP on February 15th, 2013

Aya Hirano makes a comeback with this short PV for TOxxxIC


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/aya-hirano-comeback-short-pvtoxxxic/ By ellehaym on February 14th, 2013

Juu-Mensou (/Ten-Faced), Zutto Kono Mama ( ), and Rappa-Fuki no Shounen (/ The Trumpet-Playing Boy) join the featured tracklist

Seiyuu and J-pop singer Aya Hirano has revealed a short PV for her latest song TOxxxIC.

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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 songs intro. TOxxxIC is part of Hiranos upcoming single of the same title. The single was produced by Steve Diamond, Britney Spears and Michael Jacksons songwriter. Hiranos upcoming single will be out in two versions: Regular Edition (CD only)

Nintendo Directs February 14 US broadcast highlights


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/nintendo-direct-february-14broadcast-highlights/ By KarbyP on February 14th, 2013

Tracklist information: 1. TOxxxIC 2. (MIRAI VOYAGER) 3. - Ver.4. TOxxxIC -Instrumental5. -InstrumentalLimited Edition (CD + DVD) 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 dont 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.

Tracklist information: Disc 1 1. TOxxxIC 2. (MIRAI VOYAGER) 3. - Ver.4. TOxxxIC -Instrumental5. -InstrumentalDisc 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 Directs February 14 Japan broadcast contains a tiny tidbit on Band Brothers [Video]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/nintendo-direct-february-14-japanbroadcast-highlights/ By KarbyP on February 14th, 2013

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Unlike the 37-minute-long US Nintendo Direct livestream broadcast that was going on simultaneously, Japans 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 thats probably not the Poltergeist 5000 from Luigis Mansion. The same new game (and DLC) announcements were made here for the most part. Like their American counterparts, Japanese gamers were told that theyd get Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Mario & Luigi RPG 4: Dream Adventure, as its 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.

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) Nintendos 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 youll find the same info on both titles in the English broadcast. And thats 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 Productions new project revealed to be FuUn! Nadeshiko Collection a social game
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/loveplus-productions-new-projectrevealed-fu-un-nadeshiko-collection-social-game/

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, its quite unlikely that this new Band Brothers would show up in English on Western shores.

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Fairy Tail Manga to Bundle 5th Original Animation DVD


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/fairy-tail-manga-bundle-5th-dvdpoolside-anime/ By weiq on February 14th, 2013

Fairy Tails 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 Ryzetsu 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).

This GREE social game from Love Plus producer Akari Uchida and artist MinoTaro, 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 Valentines 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. Its 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 wont 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. Its 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 games ridiculous plot is pretty intriguing, the voice work stellar. Im in love with it. But damnit, I cant play it! Seriously, LovePlus Production: Go back to making New New Love Plus, guys. 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 tankbon 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-ateliergame-character-silhouette-picture/

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In this weeks issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine, Gust is teasing fans with a silhouette of a female character whos wearing a miniskirt and holding in her right hand a magical cane; she could very well be the star of the JRPG makers next Atelier game. The tease is a plug for Dengeki Thanksgiving Festival 2013, which will take place once again this year in Akihabaras 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 trilogys 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 wouldnt 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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Ticketing information released for Namie Amuro Asia Tour Singapore


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/ticketing-information-releasednamie-amuro-asia-tour-singapore/ By sentinel011 on February 19th, 2013

Jinx!!!, starring Taras Hyomin, opens simultaneously in theatres across Japan and Asia Autumn 2013
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/jinx-starring-t-aras-hyomin-openssimultaneously-theatres-japan-asia-autumn-2013/ By KarbyP on February 19th, 2013

Wait no longer if you are eager to purchase tickets for Namie Amuros live concert in Singapore this coming April.Ticketing information has been released on the official site, and fans can already purchase tickets since 10am yesterday, on 18 February. This will be the first time Namie Amuro will perform in Singapore. She will join famous Japanese rock band L`arc~en~Ciel, who also performed in the largest performance hall in Singapore, the Singapore Indoor Stadium. There has been a slew of popular Japanese acts from A-list artistes in the past 5 years performing in the sunny island of Singapore. They include artistes and groups such as AKB48, Luna Sea and Perfume, amongst many others. Perhaps the allure of the Merlion and chicken rice is strong, as many past artistes have nothing but praise. The tickets can be purchased via Sistic, and are priced at the following tiers: Standard S$288, S$248, S$218 Restricted View S$168, S$128

Few Japanese movies see the light of day outside of its home country, much less screened simultaneous both in Japan and abroad like director Naoto Kumazawas (Kimi ni Todoke live-action) latest film, Jinx!!! the movie is slated to hit cinemas in Japan, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan all at the same time come Autumn 2013. Then again, Jinx!!! isnt your typical Japanese movie. Starring Hyomin, a member of K-Pop idol group sensation T-ara, with co-stars Kurumi Shimizu (Mika Miyabe in The Kirishima Thing, also known as Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo) and Kento Yamazaki (Koichi Sakakibara in the live-action adaptation of novel and anime series Another), the movie is a cross-border production that will be shot not only in Japans Fukuoka prefecture, but also in South Korea. In Jinx!!!, T-aras Hyomin plays the role of university exchange student Ji-Ho, who in turn plays matchmaker to Kurumi Shimizu and Kento Yamazakis characters Kaede and Yusuke respectively when she notices that the two have feelings for each other.

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Her goal of getting Kaede and Yusuke into a relationship will not be easy, however, as the two are not honest with themselves. In fact theyre pretty bad at letting their affection for one another show. That said, Ji-Ho has a plan. One that will culminate in a Korean style romance unfolding between the two Japanese natives, all in the hopes of Kaede and Yusuke finally working up the courage to confess their love for one another and be together. Will Ji-Ho succeed? Youll just have to find out when the film hits cinemas here in Singapore later this year.

PlayStation Vita gets a price drop in Japan February 28


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/playstation-vita-price-drop-japanfebruary-28/ By KarbyP on February 18th, 2013

Evangelion 3.33 BD/DVD to be released on 24 April


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/evangelion-3-33-bddvd-released-24april/ By weiq on February 18th, 2013

Starting February 28, both the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only models of the PlayStation Vita will be sold at retail stores all across Japan for the same price: 19,980 yen (~US$213 or ~S $264). Sony Computer Entertinment Japan announced the price drop, which is 10,000 and 5,000 yen less than the current recommended retail prices for the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi models respectively, via a special livestream held earlier today, just a few days shy of the groups February 20 or 21 (depending on your time zone) unveil of what is likely to be the next-gen PlayStation home console. The third part of Hideaki Anno and Kharas new Evangelion Quadrilogy will ship on Blu-ray and DVD on 24 April. Similar to the previous films, the third film will be titled Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo for its home media release. Both the Blu-ray and DVD release will contain the 95 minutes feature itself, and a special 10 minute Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru (Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo) short by Studio Ghibli. The live-action VFX short was developed by Anno, produced by Studio Ghibli, and was screened alongside with Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo film in theaters. Both home media will also include a Evangelion:3.33 documentary, both the teaser and full trailer, the television commercials, and the 3.33 ver. of the dialogue recording script. Both versions will have Japanese subtitles. The Blu-ray and DVD will be priced at 6,090 yen and 5,985 yen respectively. Each version will come in Digipak packaging with a special box and a description booklet. The first print editions will be bundled with an original soundtrack that includes the theme song Sakura Nagashi, sang by Hikaru Utada. Source: evangelion.co.jp/news, kingrecords.co.jp Same price with or without 3G? Why the same price for both the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-fi only versions? It may have something to do with the fact that the 3G/Wi-Fi model in Japan is SIM-locked those sold outside of Japan are SIM-free. I personally own one of those SIM-locked 3G/Wi-Fi models, which I got a friend to purchase for me on launch day in Japan. Although I had wanted the cheaper Wi-Fi only model, according to my friend it was sold out everywhere he looked, whereas the 3G/Wi-Fi SIM-locked model was in abundant supply.

For this reason alone, if Sony decides to announce a price drop for the Vita in the rest of the world, I believe that they
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will probably maintain some sort of price difference between the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only models. The price drop announced today will apply to all existing PS Vita standalone models in Japan, which comes in the following four colours: Crystal Black, Crystal White, Cosmic Red and Sapphire Blue. Three PS Vita bundles will also get their prices adjusted in Japan from February 28.

Star Online 2 (its free-to-play; existing Vita owners can get it free from the Japan PlayStation store), and a code for 1,000 AC or Arkz Cash (PSO2s paid content currency) for use in the game.

A Starter Pack, which bundles a Crystal Black 3G/Wi-Fi PS Vita with a copy of Minna no Golf 6 and a 4GB memory card, will be sold at 19,980 yen in Japan from that day onwards. Yes, this is the same price as a standalone Crystal Black WiFi or 3G/Wi-Fi model, which does not come with a memory card. Supplies will be limited. Gamers who need more storage space for their digitallypurchased titles can also pick up a Bonus Pack Crystal Black 3G/Wi-FI PS Vita with 32GB memory card for 24,980 yen. How will SCEJs PS Vita price drop announcement today affect the portable consoles price here in Singapore? For that youll want to stay tuned right here on SGCafe. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, the full works. Well bring you word on the PS Vitas updated pricing in our neck of the woods as soon as we hear anything. When? Could be as soon as later this week.

AFA 2013 Survey opens today


The Soul Sacrifice Premium Edition package that Sony announced last year in December will now be priced at 24,980 yen instead of 29,980 when it comes out March 7.
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/afa-2013-survey-opens-today/ By ellehaym on February 18th, 2013

On February 28, the Vitas fifth colour Ice Silver (which hits retail stores in Singapore March 4) will also be released in Japan, but only in limited quantities. Thats because the Ice Silver model at least initially will come in a special bundle that includes a copy of Phantasy

Attention avid attendees of the Anime Festival Asia! The organizers are very eager to find out whos hot among the anime fans. And they want to hear it directly from you!

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So this 2013, they are giving fans a double treat. First, you can voice out your opinions for the next AFA event by telling them about your favorites (anime, seiyuus, artistes, etc.) through the AFA 2013 Survey found here. Second, the organizers are giving away a 300 SGD voucher which allows you to redeem concert tickets from the next event. People from all ages are welcome to participate. The organizers are just asking for a few things. Fill in all fields using the English alphabet (no kanji, no hiragana or katakana). You also need to make sure that the spelling of the titles and names are correct. For artistes, make sure you input their present stage name. Use Wikipedia to verify the information. You wouldnt want your answer to be considered as void, would you? So check everything first before you hit that Submit button. Participants can list up to three favorites in each category. The AFA 2013 Survey officially started today and will end on February 25. So hurry and fill out the online survey form before its too late!

Do I appreciate the fanservice though, when a game like Dead or Alive 5 puts its well-endowed characters in sexy swimwear? Yes. Of course I do. Its fanservice. But I also think about how it makes the ladies feel. So when Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja make DLC like the Fighters Pack, which comes out later this month and which depicts the series handsome men in MMA tights and grapple gloves, I heartily approve. This ones for all you womenfolk out there. And for all of you Bayman, Hayabusa, Rig and Jann Lee players whove always wanted a character costume choice for when you want to show your opponent that the next fights for reals (or not). The Fighters Pack character costume DLC for Dead or Alive 5 will hit the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live sometime in February 2013.

Dead or Alive 5 Fighters Pack DLC: Its time for the guys to show some skin [Video]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/dead-alive-5-fighters-pack-dlc-timeguys-show-skin/ By KarbyP on February 18th, 2013

Metal Gear Rising UT to be in Uniqlo stores today


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/metal-gear-rising-ut-uniqlo-storestoday/ By bj0rN on February 18th, 2013

Whenever I play a game like Dead or Alive 5, I always think about how it makes the women in my life (my mother) feel. Its great and rare when a fighting game like Dead or Alive has more female characters than the male ones. But did I ever asked for scantily-clad babes in my fighting games? Nope. Never. At least, it wasnt me. Im fine with my female fighters being fully clothed and dressed like my auntie (okay, maybe not that last part).

Metal Gear Rising: Reveangence is scheduled to hit Singapores local game stores and outlets tomorrow, and what better way to show your true Metal Gear and Ninja spirit than to wear it. As such, the local branches of Uniqlo brought in some of the shirts released just nice for the occasion! The Metal Gear UT is hitting Uniqlo stores today. You can browse the various designs here and get yours at $24.90 at any outlet.

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Valvrave opening theme Preserved Roses to be sung by T.M Revolution and Nana Mizuki
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/valvrave-opening-theme-preservedroses-sung-t-m-revolution-nana-mizuki/ By sentinel011 on February 18th, 2013

Valvrave The Liberator is set to become an awesome anime production by Sunrise this coming April, with J-pop and Anison heavyweights performing for the animes opening and ending themes. T.M. Revolution and Nana Mizuki are set to perform Valvraves opening theme, titled Preserved Roses. Previously catering to the Anison crowd, Mizuki Nana has been made mainstream due to her involvement in Music Japan as the programs narrator as well as the prestigious Red-White song battle held in Japan every new years eve. Her popularity is unmatched both in the Anison and the J-pop music scene, frequently hitting the top 5 single and album sales on Oricons weekly charts. The King Records artiste has performed in numerous live concerts within Japan, and a mainstay in the largest Anison concert in Japan, also known as Animelo Summer Live, or Anisama Live for short. Mizuki Nana is also an established voice actress, with her most popular role as Fate T. Harlaown in the hit anime series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. T.M. Revolution has previously performed at Singapores largest anime convention, Anime Festival Asia last year. The flamboyant Takanori Nishikawa belted out numerous classic anime songs, from Gundam SEED to Rurouni Kenshin, and even Sengoku BASARA. Another artiste known to top Oricons weekly charts in single and album sales, T.M. Revolution will be having a new nationwide tour in Japan
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Check out our demo impressions and other news on Metal Gear Rising! Source: Uniqlo Singapore

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this coming June, and will last all the way till early September. The ending themes are no slouch either.

You can easily toss out a can of carbonated drink after gulping all the contents up into the trash bin, but when its designed with your favourite characters from Dragon Ball Z, thats a different story. Enigmatic Anison duo angela will be performing for the animes first ending theme Boku ja Nai, and beautiful songstress ELISA will sing for the second ending theme; yet to be titled, unfortunately. Having performed in Singapore for quite a number of times, angela performed for top anime production K for its opening theme KINGS. Consists of vocalist atsuko and guitarist katsu, angela performed numerous theme songs for many other anime titles such as Uchuu no Stellvia, Sokyuu no Fafner, Heroic Age, Shikabane-hime and Asura Cryin. ELISAs breakthrough song euphoric field was for ef-a tale of memories opening theme. The former model is well known for her tall stature, angelic looks and vocals, and has also sang for Hayate no Gotoku. There has been no release date for any of the theme songs as of press time, but we reckon that it will be within the next week or so. Source: valvrave.com After the collaboration with a cup noodle brand in Japan, the Dragon Ball anime franchise has cooperated with another line of product. DyDo, a beverage company in Japan, has revealed their new cola and cider drinks that feature a packaging designed with Dragon Ball characters. Each type of drink will come in six different can designs. Check them out:

New Dragon Ball-themed canned drinks come out in Japan February 25


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/dragon-ball-themed-canned-drinkssold-japan/ By ellehaym on February 16th, 2013

The official names of these drinks are Dragon Ball Cola Zero (the one with the red stripe) and Dragon Ball Cider (the one with the blue stripe). Both of these beverages are part of DyDos new spring and summer product lineup for 2013 as well as the promotions for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie. The drinks will be offered nationwide (in vending machines and more) starting February 25 in Japan. Source: Official DyDo Site via Japan Otaku Channel

Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode coming to Nintendo 3DS later in 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/digimon-world-redigitize-decodecoming-nintendo-3ds-2013/

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By KarbyP on February 16th, 2013

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Heres a PV for the PSP version of Digimon Re:Digitize: Digimon Re:Digitize Decode for the 3DS is slated to be released in Japan sometime 2013. Source: Image Namco Bandai Games and developer Tri-Crescendos 2012 PSP JRPG Digimon World Re:Digitize is getting an enhanced port to the Nintendo 3DS, a magazine scan leaked on the Net (the April issue of V Jump magazine, which goes on sale next Thursday in Japan) has revealed. Called Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode, the enhanced 3DS ports volume is said to be enhanced greatly over its PSP predecessor. On top of the originals storyline ( ), there will be at least two new story chapters, entitled The Lamentable X-Antibody (X) The Scheming Demon Lord () respectively. The Lamentable X-Antibodys plot will revolve around Omegamon X-Antibody form. No details on the the Scheming Demon Lord chapter were given for that youll have to wait till the May issue of V Jump magazine is released to find out Apart from the new story chapters, a large number of new Digimons specifically those enhanced by X-Antibody (X ) will also be added to the 3DS version. In the magazine scan a new Decode system of powering up your Digimons was also briefly detailed. Every Digimon that you raise will now possess a Decode level due to your (the trainers) influence. The higher you raise this Decode level, the better stat gains your Digimon will get.

February 22nd, 2013

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Macross 30s latest PV showcases the games anime part


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/macross-30-pv/ By KarbyP on February 21st, 2013

Macross 30 isnt just a game with a whole bunch of characters from different Macross storylines all crossing over into a single compilation. Nope, its not just that theres anime in here too. Produced by studio Satelite. And today Namco Bandai Games have shared a PV to show fans what they can expect with the anime part of the game and its fantasy-like cross-over storyline.

February 22nd, 2013

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As for the music soundtrack, KASHIWA Daisuke (Heroman, Hitman Reborn!) lets music speak for itself with the following youtube video: Heres an excerpt on Makoto Shinkais newest work: Takao was skipping high school, sketching shoes in a Japanese garden, trying to become a shoemaker, when he encounters a mysterious woman, Yukino. Without arranging it they end up meeting again and again, only on rainy days, deepening their relationship and opening up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches Macross 30: Ginga o Tsunagu Utagoe for the PS3 comes out in Japan February 28, 2013. Miyu Irino is films male lead as Takao. The veteran voice actor is well known for his roles as Sora from the game Kingdom Hearts, Syaoran from the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles series and Jinta from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. The female lead, Yukino, is voiced by popular voice actress Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori from PSYCHO-PASS, Hasegawa Kobato from Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Kuroneko from Ore no Imto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai). The ending theme song is titled Rain, and is written and composed by Senri Oe. The song is performed by Motohiro Hata, who has performed theme songs for anime such as Sakamichi no Apollon and Space Brothers. The film is scheduled to broadcast in Japanese cinemas on 31 May 2013. Source: Comix Wave Films | kotonohanoniwa.jp

The Garden of Words Trailer Released


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/the-garden-words-trailer-released/ By bj0rN on February 21st, 2013

Fate/Extra CCCs 8th and 9th short movies: Archer and Saber
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/fateextra-cccs-8th-9th-short-moviesarcher-saber/ By KarbyP on February 21st, 2013

Makoto Shinkais has revealed latest work, The Garden of Words a while back. A trailer has been released, along with a release date. The famed director is widely known for his films breathtaking backgrounds and artistry in animation. Makoto Shinkais works include 5 Centimeter per Second, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Children who Chased Lost Voices. Joined by Kenichi Tsuchiya, who is the films animation director as well as in charge of its character design. Tsuchiya has worked on several films, which include Lupin III and Anpan Man. Hiroshi Takiguchi is involved as the films art director. He has experience with background artistry, having worked on the first Fullmetal Alchemist movie as well as several recent movies from Doraemon.

February 22nd, 2013

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With just about a month left to go before Imageepoch and Type-Moons PSP JRPG Fate/Extra CCC comes out, its time to bring out the big guns: Archer and Saber. Archer As I pray. Unlimited Blade Werks!" Nuff said.

Fate/Extra CCC comes out in Japan March 28.

Lacostes Osamu Tezukainspired apparel revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/lacostes-osamu-tezuka-inspiredapparel-revealed/ By ellehaym on February 21st, 2013

Saber This Saber sounds a little different than the one fans are used to. Thats because shes being played by Sakura Tange, as opposed to Ayako Kawasumi in Fate/Stay Night.

Do you consider yourself loyal to the Lacoste brand? If you happen to be a fan of Osamu Tezukas works at the same time, you might want to check out the upcoming collection by Lacoste. Astro Boy and the rest of the works by Osamu Tezuka are getting a clothing collection from Lacoste this year. The famous fashion line collaborated with Tezuka Productions and Japanese designer Hiroaki Ohya to create a collection of shirts, polos and footwear that feature various works by the Godfather of Anime. What inspired Ohya to create designs of the clothing line was a quote from Osamu Tezuka in a book entitled 201 Words That Help You to Open Up a Path to the Future. Humans have had three dreams since the dawn of time. One is flight, another is transformation and the last is communicating with animals and nature, according to Tezuka. For the Spring/Summer 2013 collection, The Mysterious Underground Man (representing flight), Astro Boy (representing transformation) and Black Jack (representing communication with nature) were featured. This collection will be released in May. The Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collection, on the other hand, features The Phoenix (representing flight), Crime and Punishment (representing transformation) and Jungle Emperor Leo a.k.a. Kimba the White Lion (representing communication with animals). This will be released in August. Lacoste Broadwich Sneakers were also created for this clothing collection. Scenes from Astro Boy are printed on this exclusive pair of sneakers. Source: Its All Style to Me via Crunchyroll
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February 22nd, 2013

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Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru premieres April 4 in Japan


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/yahari-ore-seishun-love-wamachigatteiru-premieres-april-4-japan/ By ellehaym on February 21st, 2013

opening theme Yukitoki is sung by Nagi Yanagi. This TV anime is a Brains Base production. Sources: and MyAnimeList

Everything you need to know about the PlayStation 4


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/playstation-4/ By KarbyP on February 21st, 2013

TBS official page for Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru has revealed that the upcoming TV anime will premiere on April 4 in Japan. This romantic comedy series was adapted from a light novel by Wataru Watari, with illustrations drawn by Ponkan8. The story is about Hachiman Hikigaya, an unsociable high school student with a corrupted concept about life. He neither has friends, nor a girlfriend. Every time he sees his classmates happily chatting about their adolescence, he would mutter about them being a bunch of liars. He is then advised by his teacher to join the volunteer service club. Among its members is Yukino Yukinoshita, the prettiest girl of their school. Cast Information: Takuya Eguchi (Kurokos Basketballs Shinji Koganei) as Hachiman Hikigaya Saori Hayami (Bakumans Miho Azuki) as Yukino Yukinoshita Nao Touyama (Oreshuras Mana Natsukawa) as Yui Yuigahama Mikako Komatsu (Ks Neko) as Saika Totsuka Nobuyuki Hiyama (One Pieces Mr. 3) as Yoshiteru Zaimokuza Aoi Yuuki (Kiiro Sakuradai from Mangirl!) as Komachi Hikigaya Ryouka Yuzuki (Ino Yamanaka from Naruto) as Shizuka Hiratsuka Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru is directed by Ai Toshimura, with the series composition by Shotaro Suga and the character design by Yuu Shindou. The

Sonys next-gen games console will indeed be called the PlayStation 4 (PS4). The high-power games console will come with a redesigned Dual Shock 4 controller, stream PS4 games to the PS Vita (remote play) via Gaikai technology, and places an improved emphasis on social network integration by allowing games to share clips of their gameplay with a touch of a button. Dual Shock 4 The design on the Dual Shock 4 controller has changed drastically from its predecessors.

For starters, each Dual Shock 4 will have a two-point touchpad and a light-emitting whose colour denotes player designation (Player 1, 2, 3, or 4). The light emitted from the Dual Shock 4 will also be used to track the controllers

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position in 3D space, which the PS4 will detect using a sensor bar with two depth-sensing cameras. Sony also wanted to provide a more solid feel with when it comes to the new Dual Shocks shoulder buttons (L1, L2, R1 and R2), and thus have made adjustments to them as well as the analog sticks. On top of the regular PlayStation buttons that fans grew up with, there will also now be a new Share button that activates a one-touch video clip recording function that will allow gamers to share gameplay clips with their friends without the need of purchasing expensive video-capture hardware.

There will also be a hard disk drive on which gamers will be able to store their content on, but Sony did not reveal the specs of the PS4s HDD today. Other features Prior to the PS4s unveiling, many analysts and industry watchers speculated that Sony was likely planning on using Gaikais streaming technology to provide instantaneous, noinstall-necessary, HD quality gaming experiences brand new PS4 titles, or older PS3, PS2 and PS1 games as a means to provide backwards compatibility to consumers. The games would be streamed from Sonys servers to the consumers PS4, they had thought. When Dave Perry, CEO of Gaikai, took the stage to show off what his company will be doing for the PS4, he revealed that Sonys strategy was actually less traditional: its technology will be used to turn each gamers PS4 into a personal server that can stream full-fledged PS4 titles onto the PS Vita, so that consumers may play even when a family member wants to use the TV for other purposes a move to close the gap in terms of features between the PS4 and Nintendos Wii U console. Not every PS4 title will be playable through this feature remote play on the PS Vita at launch. But Perry says that their longterm goal is to make every PS4 game playable on the PS Vita using local Wi-fi. The team will work on reducing transmission time from PS4 to Vita, so that gamers wont feel any lag when using the feature. Other features on the PS4 include a built-in social networkesque service that will like the Wii Us MiiVerse allow fellow PS4 gamers to interact, ask for game tips, and share their sagely advice on games theyve played. But what about the games? And how much will I have to pay? Price and release details for the PlayStation 4 were not shared today. However, Sony brought out an entire slew of game developer and publishing partners to show off some of the games theyve been working on, that will come to the PS4. Here are their respective trailers: inFAMOUS: Second Son Killzone Shadow Fall Deep Down DriveClub Knack Destiny Watch_Dogs The Witness No trailer available: Diablo III

Finally, a headphone jack is also found on each Dual Shock 4 controller.

PlayStation 4 Specs Unlike the Wii U, its not just the new controller that defines Sonys PS4; the consoles specs are no slouch either. The PS4s supercharged architecture packs an X86 CPU picked because game developers said they found the architecture easy to develop for an enhanced GPU chip, and 8GB of unified DDRAM5 for both the CPU and GPU to share. In a typical PC or laptop, computer makers typically use the high-speed DDRAM5 memory for graphics chips, and use a lower speed, less costly form of memory for the CPU.

February 22nd, 2013

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piece of art is truly worth it. And if I ever get the chance to buy it, I might even find myself staring at the heavenly expressions of Belldandy and Holy Bell to relax after putting in a hard days work. Pre-orders for Max Factorys Belldandy with Holy Bell figure will commence on February 22. This PVC figure release is a part of Max Factorys 25th anniversary celebration. Check it out at various angles:

Max Factory to release a magnificent Belldandy with Holy Bell figure in celebration of their 25th Anniversary
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/max-factory-release-manificentbelldandy-holy-bell-figure-celebration-25th-anniversary/ By ellehaym on February 20th, 2013

Im in awe, my goddess! I always fall in a state of awe whenever I witness Belldandys kindness in Oh My Goddess! And now, I am getting the same feeling just by looking at the pictures of Max Factorys Belldandy with Holy Bell figure. This upcoming figure was originally a garage kit produced by Chieri (the sculptor behind the Sheryl Nome figure exhibited at the Wonder Festival last February 10) 16 years ago. The 1/10th scale PVC figure is based on an Oh My Goddess! illustration which was launched as a pinup poster. From Holy Bells wings to Belldandys dress, the details are downright impressive. The gentle and lovely smile on Belldandys face does justice to her amiable character. The figure is priced at 19,800 JPY (262 SGD). While it may be expensive, the artistry behind this magnificent and divine
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Just take my money already, 5pb. This Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 visual novel (which also goes by Steins;Gate Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram) is a day-one purchase from me, something I decided pretty much the moment it was announced. But if youve interested in the series, can read enough Japanese to make sense of the plot (make no mistake, 99% of the gameplay here involves scanning text with your eyes and hitting a button to make more text appear), yet are still sitting on the fence as to whether you should pick up Linear Bounded Phenogram or not, then maybe the games OP, which 5pb has kindly shared this week, might help you decide. Hopefully the rest of the game will be as good as this eyecatching OP, which features a mix of 2D animation and liveaction footage of real-life Akihabara, the games setting. Steins;Gate Linear Bounded Phenogram is a sequel to god-like-visual-novel-turned-god-like-anime Steins;Gate. A sequel that explores the lives of its protagonists and supporting cast after the crisis in the first instalment revolving around time-travel and SERN (a fictional, pleasedont-sue-me reference to the European Organization for Nuclear Research) has been resolved. This is as opposed to a previous sequel, entitled Steins;Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling, that told a story taking place in a parallel universe. As the Xbox360 version of Hiyoku Renri was launched during the week that episode 11 of the anime series first aired, Hiyoku Renri no Darlings story had to start shortly before that point in the anime. A point where protgagonist Rintarou Okabe had not even ben done with recruiting all of his precious harem lab members. Steins;Gate Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram comes out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 April 25, 2013. Source: Crunchyroll News

Source: Mikatans Blog (English Version)

Steins;Gate Linear Bounded Phenograms OP featurings its protagonists chillaxing in real-life Akihabara
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/steinsgate-linear-boundedphenogram-op/ By KarbyP on February 20th, 2013

What could BioShock Infinites latest PV (Lamb of Columbia trailer) possibly be foreshadowing?
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/bioshock-infinites-latest-pv-lambcolumbia-trailer-possibly-foreshadowing/

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Only five more weeks to go before the game drops! BioShock Infinite (PC, PS3, X360) hits retail stores on March 26 here in Singapore. Pricing and limited edition details for the Singapore market are as follows: Standard Edition SGD 74.90 on all platforms Premium Edition SGD 99.90 on all platforms 64 page art book Lithographic Print Handyman Figurine Murder of Crows KeyChain DLC digital soundtrack and Gear pack Songbird Edition SGD 189.00 on all platforms Songbird statue 64 page art book Lithographic Print Handyman Figurine Murder of Crows KeyChain

I fell in love with BioShock Infinites Elizabeth pretty much at first sight. It was hard not to. Theres something about Elizabeths unbridled curiosity (this is a lady whos been trapped in a tower all her life. after all) thats infectious and incredibly uplifting. But now, Im afraid of her. For the same reasons that BioShock Infinites hero Booker Dewitt is afraid of her as well, most likely. I dont actually know I havent played the full game yet (outside of the first two-and-a-half hours). So I have absolutely no idea what BioShock Infinites latest trailer, entitled Lamb of Columbia, might be foreshadowing. See if you can tell:

DLC digital soundtrack and Gear pack Singapore outlets to pre-order Bioshock Infinite standard and limited editions include: Comics Connection Funzcentre Gamescore GameXtreme HMV Scenic Multimedia & Gamemartz Seow Choon Zepy Games

Ebisu Muscats releases short PV for Abayo


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/ebisu-muscats-releases-short-pvabayo/ By ellehaym on February 19th, 2013

Whatever it is, its quite frightening, and I like it.

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Idol group Ebisu Muscats has revealed a short PV for Abayo. This goodbye song is part of their last single before they exit the Japanese music scene as a group. Watch the music video here: During their concert in Japan last December, the sexy idol group announced their disbandment which will happen after their live performance at the Maihama Amphitheater on April 7 this year. The single Abayo (regular and limited editions) will be launched on March 6. Their last album will be released on April 3, a few days before their disbandment. Singapore is one of the countries lucky enough to witness the final months of Ebisu Muscats as a group. Read our concert review on Ebisu Muscats live performance held at the Star Theatre here. Source: tokyohive

February 26th, 2013

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SD Sazabi to release May this year


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/sd-sazabi-release-year/ By sentinel011 on February 26th, 2013

From the images, posability is typical for standard SD gunpla kits these days. It is especially similar to BB #303 Sangokuden Giga Taifu Shiba-i Sazabi in terms of posability and detailing. But of course, this updated variant looks stockier than its previous generations. Serious kit builders will have some patching up to do. According to the images, there are long seam lines along the legs and the back of the head. There are no other discernible seam lines, though. The kit comes with the following accessories: - Beam Shot Rifle This renewal version of the original SD Sazabi released almost 14 years ago is back in a much attractive design. Granted that it is SD (short for Super Deformed), the proportions of this renewal Sazabi looks much better than the 1999 counterpart. According to Hobbysearch, this Sazabi will have an escape pod, very much like the actual Mobile Suit. The monoeye is movable, allowing you to fiddle with a variety of menacing poses. Theres even Funnel effect parts to simulate Funnel deployment from its container, as well as Beam Tomahawk effects. The funnel container supposedly has an opening mechanism, but no official images released for that part. The Beam Tomahawk can be stowed away into the shield. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the beam saber parts or options available for the kit. - Shield - Beam Tomahawk - Funnels - Effect parts (Funnel deployment, Tomahawk beam) The SD Sazabi Renewal is slated for a May 2013 release. Hobbysearch suggests shipments will arrive in Mid May. Now, will Bandai release a renewal version of the Master Grade Sazabi, or a renewal version of the SD Nu Gundam? After all, the Master Grade Nu Gundam Ver. KA sold pretty well everywhere around the world (given the huge amount of kit builders showcasing their MG Nu works). Source: Hobbysearch

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Local anime merchandise etailer Toycoin gets physical shop come March 2013
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/local-anime-merchandise-e-tailertoycoin-physical-shop-march-2013/ By sentinel011 on February 26th, 2013

Taken at recent Winter Wonderfest that happened in early February, it is distributed free at Good Smile Companys booth, but only obtainable if you go to the event. Source: ToyCoin

LiSA to release new single, best day, best way


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/lisa-releasing-single%E3%80%8Cbest-day-way%E3%80%8D/ By Bardiche on February 25th, 2013

Singapore has lost a venerable anime shop last month with KKnMs announcement, but local e-tailer ToyCoin will be taking over its current shop space come 1 March 2013!

LiSA, Anisongs rising starlet, is coming up with a new single! Titled best day, best way, the single will be released on 3 April 2013. To celebrate their official shop space opening on 1 March 2013, ToyCoin will be launching a non-event Kuji on the 2nd March, Saturday, 12pm. The previous Kuji efforts were usually done at events like Anime Festival Asia. The products are from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd As.

1.best day, best way 2.Im a Rock star 3.###### There are 7 types of products for sale. One can have a chance of obtaining any of these items by purchasing the lottery tickets. Each lottery ticket is priced at S$16, up to 5 tickets per customer. In addition, ToyCoin will have a couple of limited Nendoroid Calenders on sale at the counter. Even though calenders are obtained free from Good Smile Companys booth during the recent Winter Wonder Festival earlier this month, one can only have it if they attend the event itself. 4.best day, best way (Instrumental) The First Press Edition will be bundled with a DVD together with the single, which contains the music video for best day, best way. Hardcore fans should totally dig the Collectors Edition. Aside from the DVD which contains the music video, a much nicer packaging (a DVD Tall Size Case and a sleeve), a 48 page booklet and the music video for Im a Rock Star. The normal edition does not come with anything, unfortunately.
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You can listen to a preview of the song best day, best way here! Sources: LiSAs Official Blog

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Capsule releases new compilation albums promotional video


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/capsule-releases-compilationalbums-promotional-video/ By sentinel011 on February 25th, 2013

01. Step on The Floor 02. WORLD OF FANTASY 03. STRIKER 04. Stay with You 05. I wish You 06. Love or Lies 07. Hello 08. more more more 09. JUMPER 10. FLASH BACK 11. Eternity 12. Im Feeling You The electronica duo will be releasing two new compilation albums come 6 March 2013. Their PV was released earlier today. The new albums are a compilation of capsules works, titled capsule rewind. The first album, titled BEST-1 will feature songs released from 2006 onwards, which will include songs from albums from FRUITS CLiPPER to STEREO WORXXX . BEST-2, the second album, will have songs from 2002 to 2006, which will cover albums from High Collar Girl to L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer. A previous compilation album was released in 2009, titled FLASH BEST. The tracks for BEST-1 and BEST-2 are as follows: 13. Starry Sky 14. Sugaress GiRL 15. jelly#album-edit#

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capsulerewind BEST-2

01. ####### 02. ##### 03. ######## 04. ######## 05. do do pi do 06. tokyo smiling 07. A.I. automatic infection 08. world fabrication 09. ####### 10. RGB 11. music controller 12. ### 13. ######### 14. #### 15. ### Capsules DJ and music producer is none other than Yasutaka Nakata, who is also the music producer for popular electronic pop artistes like Perfume and Kyary. To tie in with the screening of One Piece Film:Z in Singapore Cinemas, J-Obsession hosted a One Piece Cosplay Competition. With a total of 5 amazing prizes up for grabs, such as an OLYMPUS PEN E-PM1 Single Lens Kit, platinum movie suite tickets as well as an array of shopping vouchers, cosplayers did not fail to impress; dawning their favourite characters and putting on incredible performances.

J-Obsession One Piece Cosplay Competition


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/j-obsession-piece-cosplaycompetition/

The Judges, Lawliet, Conjurer Cj and Tim Wong

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At the end of the day, cosplayer Sabrina Wong impressed the judges the most with her enthusiastic and melodious performance as the ever hyper chopper, crowning her the champion of the One Piece Cosplay Competition. Close behind, Cosplayer Elkanah as the runner up followed by Emily in second place Serene in third and finally Tinneh and Ramen tying for the fifth place. To watch the performances check out the link below! http://www.youtube.com/user/kailitang65/featured
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Credits Photography by : Speedknight & Sakurazaki

The movies trailer was released last Friday and some parts of the song were included. Watch it here: You can listen to the original version of the song here: Mememe No Kurage (Jellyfish Eyes) is a fantasy film that centers on the friendship of an elementary school boy named Masashi and a bizarrely cute creature he names Kurage Bo. The movie premieres on April 26 in selected theatres in Japan. Sources: Crunchyroll and Asian Wiki

Hatsune Miku gets selected to perform for a movies opening theme


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/hatsune-miku-selected-performmovies-opening-theme/ By ellehaym on February 25th, 2013

Vampire Night manga about to reach its end


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/vampire-night-manga-reach/ By ellehaym on February 25th, 2013

Hatsune Mikus versatility is impressive. Shes been on ads and shes even a racing queen! Now, her exposure has branched out to the Japanese movie industry. The twin-tailed virtual diva gets selected to sing for Takashi Murakamis first film, Mememe No Kurage. This marks the first time for a Vocaloid to perform for a movies opening theme. Last year, mangaka Matsuri Hino announced about Vampire Knights final arc. It was finally launched last month, and LaLa magazine has revealed that the production of the manga will cease on May 24. Readers will witness the ending in the July issue of the monthly shoujo magazine. Vampire Night was serialized nine years ago. An anime adaptation was aired, consisting of two seasons, back in 2008. The story centers on Yuki Cross, a high school student prefect who wants to prove that humans and vampires can live in harmony. She attends a school where humans attend the day class and vampires attend the night class. Her duty is to protect the secret of the night class students by watching the school grounds at night. Are you excited about how Vampire Knight will end? Source: mon0r

Mikus Last Night, Good Night was selected for the film. This song produced by kz was released five years ago. Murakami specifically requested it as the theme song and it was rearranged especially for the movie.

Three new NIS JRPGs headed to the PS3 this 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/jrpgs-headed-ps3-2013/

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Drama CD Diabolik Lovers receives an anime adaptation


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/popular-drama-cd-diabolik-loversreceives-anime-adaptation/ By ellehaym on February 22nd, 2013

Even after Sonys press event for the PlayStation 4, there are still plenty of reasons to be ecstatic about PlayStation 3 games. Among them is the launch of three Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) games to the North American and European marketsall are PS3 exclusives.

Disgaea Dimensions 2: A Brighter Darkness


This tactical RPG is slated for release in Japan in about a month, with a western launch scheduled this fall. Disgaea Dimensions 2: A Brighter Darkness shares the same graphical style as Disgaea 4 and is rumoured to be Disgaea: Hour of Darkness direct sequel. This release is part of a back to back celebration: the 20th anniversary of NIS and the 10th anniversary of the Disgaea franchise. DLCs will be launched after the games release.

Attention ladies! If bishies and vampires are just a few of your favorite things, then its time to get excited. Diabolik Lovers, the popular drama CD franchise in Japan, opened up a website announcing that it will receive an anime adaptation. Diabolik Lovers garnered popularity and success as a drama CD. Its otome game for the PSP was released last year. This 2013, the handsome and sadistic vampire brothers are coming to the small screen to prey on charm the ladies. The cast from the drama CD are retained for the anime: Ayato Sakamaki is voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa

Time and Eternity


This game was released in the latter part of 2012 in Japan and will hit shelves this summer in Europe and North America. The characters were drawn using cel animation which makes Time and Eternity (a.k.a. Toki to Towa) the first high-definition animation RPG. The game is set in a place called Kamza and opens up with a male protagonist about the marry Toki, the princess of the kingdom. The main focus of the plot, however, is the alter-ego of the princess named Towa.

The Guided Fate Paradox


Known as Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox (KamiPara) in Japan, this game will also launch in the west this fall. This RPG features roguelike gameplay, so expect dungeons that are randomly generated and tons of customizations. Source: IGN

Subaru Sakamaki is voiced by Takashi Kondo

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Shuu Sakamaki is voiced by Kousuke Toriumi

Kanato Sakamaki is voiced by Yuuki Kaji

The story of the otome game will remind you of Vampire Knight. The setting is in a special private school where both celebrities and vampires attend night classes. The main heroine goes by the name of Yui Komori. The story unfolds as she comes to live with the six Sakamachi brothers who are actually vampires. The Diabolik Lovers drama CD, on the other hand, has 10 volumes released by Rejet. Each has a bleeding scenario of the female protagonist. Sources: Crunchyroll and ShinigamiList

Tips & tricks to clear your battles in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/tips-tricks-clear-battles-metal-gear-

Raito Sakamaki is voiced by Daisuke Hirakawa

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Reiji Sakamaki is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi

Are you looking to have a wonderful slashing time, only to be marred by the tough AI in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance?

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We provide some very useful tips and tricks to help you clear your game with a satisfying smirk. Before we begin, heres a Legend on what each letter or symbol represents: F = Forward B = Back L = Light attack (hand) H = Heavy attack (Feet) Ls = Light attack (hold) Hs = heavy attack (hold) (x) = Optional Input * = Delay Air = while airborne Play the tutorialMany gamers love to feel they are better than the AIs, until they get beaten the crap out of them. Play the tutorial, even if you are good at action games. Practice Zandetsu Test your free cutting skills. You will need it for many of the boss battles. To cut accurately, hold down the right directional stick, and let go of it with one swift motion; much like flicking a switch. Practice it onto any objects such as cars, trees or boxes. Combos learn it, practice itSo you are new to the whole action genre of games, and mash your way through enemies. Our first advice: Dont. Mash. Keep calm and press the light and heavy attack buttons, and remember which attacks do what. A standard hard-hitting chain combo would be: L,L,H,L,H*,Hs [Air] L,L,L,H,H Practice and memorise each special move F+L = Parry/ block L*L = sword trip (Hand)H*Hs = Air Hike 1 (launcher) BF+L = Hand Palm BF+H = Sword Sweep FF+L = Air Hike 2 (launcher) FF+H = Sword Stab Dashing 360+H = Breakdance Sword spinning [During Ninja Run]+H = Slide [While Slide] + L or H = Sword Slam (Air) F+H = Dive Take note that Air Hike 1 is slower than Air Hike 2. Air Hike 1 is available from the start, but requires a lead time and often misses the target as your opponent recovers and shifts to the side. Air Hike 2 requires BP points to purchase. You may replace any Air Hike 1 move with Air Hike 2 in any of your combos. Purchase your moves early as early as possibleHave you gotten the hang of parrying? Good. To make your battles even easier, purchase as many High Frequency Blade moves as possible with your BP points. Our favourite moves are Air Hike 2 and Slide, as they make the Zandatsu window much more manageable. Slide your way out of enemiesIf you ever get into a sticky situation with 3 or more grunts, always run away with Ninja Run (Hold R1 when moving) first until you find an opening to use Zandatsu as you slide. Always try to slice horizontally by pressing the Light attack button while activating your Zandatsu. Always equip repair nanopasteThere are many items you will pick up throughout the game, such as rocket launchers and

grenades. The repair nanopaste allows you to heal yourself automatically once equipped, much like rations in the Metal Gear Solid series. Press left or right on the D-pad to go to the items menu. When in doubt, mash F+LIf you are thinking an enemy is about to attack, mash F+L. Even if you missed, you can be sure that your opponent will get hit if he isnt attacking. Dive is homing; abuse it If you cant see your opponent, use Dive [(Air) F+H]. Locking-on to your opponentsDuring boss fights that have other grunts in the battle scene, always have a lock onto the bosses by pressing the back right shoulder button. The icon on the boss will be orange during lock-on status. And thats about all we have to share with you guys. Have fun and Cut what you will!

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture The TV anime series premiered last month in Japan. Vividred Operation is set in a futuristic and peaceful era made possible by the creation of the Manifestation Engine, a facility that solved the energy crisis that occurred five years prior to the animes present storyline. The main protagonist, Akane Isshiki lives with her sister and grandfather on an island called Isu Oushima. Tides turn as the alien force, Alone, threatens the world. To be able to fight the Alone, Akane receives powers from the Vivid System. Akane, together with her friends Aoi, Himawari and Wakaba, protect the world from the menace of the Alone. Source: Yaraon!

Vividred Operation game for the PS3 in the works


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/vividred-operation-game-ps3-works/ By ellehaym on February 28th, 2013

Second batch of Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation character designs: Nepgear and friends
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The Vividred Operation franchise has branched out to the gaming scene. If you have been enjoying the anime series, Im sure youll love the Vividred Operation experience on your PlayStation 3. The April issue of Dengeki Gs Magazine has announced that Namco Bandai Games is currently developing the game adaptation of Vividred Operation for the PS3. The game is being produced by Kensuke Tsukanaka, the producer behind the JRPG headed to the west this year, Time and Eternity (TokiTowa). The magazine also reveals that Akane Isshiki, the lead character, will be featured in this adaptation. Officially, Neptune is the main protagonist and star of the Hyperdimension Neptunia JRPG series. At least, thats what the design documents over at Compile Heart, the games developer, say. But ask any of the seriess fans, and theyll tell you, unanimously, a truth different from that of the official documents: the real star of the Neptunia series is actually Nepgear, Neptunes younger sister. No offense, Nepnep. But your younger sister is just so much more likeable.

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Thank the goddesses, then, that studio David Production has revealed this week that Nepgear and the rest of the console goddesses younger sisters Uni (a personification of Sonys PSP), Rom and Ram (twins who together rep the Nintendo DS) will be making an appearance in the JRPG seriess forthcoming TV anime adaptation. Im not sure if the anime would be worth watching if they were cut from the show. David Production (the folks behind TV anime JoJos Bizaree Adventure) has also shared some character design illustrations to show fans what the sisters will more or less look like in the upcoming anime. Note that these character design illustrations are tentative, and may not be a 100% accurate representation of the final character designs used. Nepgear (CV: Yui Horie) Ram (CV: Kaori Ishihara)

Uni (CV: Eri Kitamura)

And here are the character designs for the elder sisters (plus Vert, whos a single child) in Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation: Neptune and her goddess alter-ego Purple Heart (CV: Rie Tanaka). Theyre a personification for a non-existent Sega console, the Sega Neptune.

Rom (CV: Yui Ogura)

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Noire and her alter-ego Black Heart (CV: Asami Imai). They personify the Sony PlayStation 3.

Blanc and White Heart (CV: Kana Asumi). The Nintendo Wii.

Vert and Green Heart (CV: Rina Satou). Xbox 360.

Source: Animate [via Yaraon]

Seven anime companies in Japan to launch streaming services catering to overseas fans
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Its about time anime companies make a move to deliver the popular, new and upcoming titles via internet streaming. Asatsu-DK (ADK), along with Toei Animation, Aniplex, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems (NAS) and Dentsu as subsidiaries of the new venture, has opened Daisuki.net. The services will launch this April. Daisuki.net has revealed a few titles they plan to offer to overseas anime fans. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Mobile Suit Gundam, One Piece, Lupin the 3rd and Prince of Tennis are just some of the titles mentioned in the sites press release. According Nikkei, a financial newspaper in Japan, over 500 titles will be hosted and translated on the website. New anime series that are aired simultaneously in Japan will also be offered by Daisuki.net. Just like any other legal streaming site, Daisuki.net will generate income through advertisements and fees. As of the moment, nothing is disclosed about the charges. Aside from a stable stream of content, it will also have its own online shop that will sell anime goods and merchandise. Now, the biggest question is the regions that are covered by their services. They did mention overseas video delivery, but no particular region was mentioned. Who knows? It may even be the saving grace for anime fans from countries that have region blocks in legal streaming websites. As for the ones who have regular subscriptions in sites such as Crunchyroll, since Japanese anime companies are directly involved, licensing agreements might be affected in the future. Are you excited about what Daisuki.net has to offer? Visit the Daisuki.net English site here. Sources: Daisuki.net Press Release and Nikkei

The first full-fledged PV for Summon Night 5, from developer Felistella (the folks behind Record of Agarest War: Marriage), has been posted on the Web, courtesy of Famitsu.com This is a JRPG series with a long and proud history behind it. Unfortunately, its not a history that Im personally familiar with, but that hasnt stopped me from being impressed by the games PV. Sure, its yet another PSP JRPG that totally would have benefited from the extra graphical horsepower present on the PS Vita. But even as a PSP title, I find myself digging the games fluid animations, visually-interesting characters, and wildly imaginative universe. See if you dont agree:

Summon Night 5s 1st fullfledged PV shows off the PSP JRPGs fluid 2.5D visuals
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Get to know her in this new teaser trailer for Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger Season 2 below: Apart from a brief clip of Sawada in action, the teaser also has brief sound bites from the rest of the cast, including Maaya Uchida (Rea Sanka in Sankarea) who plays the teams commander slash professor Hiroyo Hakase, and Kozue Aikawa, a former member of net idol dance group Danceroid (Kozues striking out on her own now). The teaser also poses several questions for fans. What the hell is that thing strapped onto Akiba Reds chest?

Summon Night 5 for the PSP comes out in Japan May 16, 2013. Source: Famitsu Why is the series villain-slash-rival-slash-not-such-a-badperson-after-all Malsheena holding a Moe Moe Z Cune the device with which the Akagi and gang use to transform into the Akibarangers? All of those questions will be answered in due time; Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger Season 2 premieres April 5 on Japans BS Asahi TV channel, and April 8 on Tokyo MX and the Kansai regions Sun TV.

Unofficial Sentai Akibarangers season 2 preview: meet the new Akiba Blue
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Cast of Akibaranger Season 2: Masato Wada as Nobuo Akagi/AkibaRed Karin Ogino as Moegi Yumeria/Yuko Yokoyama/ AkibaYellow Its unfortunate but true: Kyoko Hinami, the gravure idol and actress who portrayed Akiba Blue (Mitsuki Aoyagi) in the first season of Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger has left the show. Replacing her in season two is Shione Sawada, who plays Mitsuki Iwashimizu in the new season. Shione Sawada as Mitsuki Iwashimizu/AkibaBlue replacing Kyoko Hinami Maaya Uchida as Hiroyo Hakase Kozue Aikawa as Kozkoz Honoka as Malsheena
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Ryo Horikawa (Dragon Ball Zs Vegeta) as General Tsu Source: Crunchyroll News

Second trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/trailer-dragon-ball-z-battle-godsrevealed/ By ellehaym on February 27th, 2013

Fans of the visual novel Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo will get the chance to download hilarious, new scenarios on March 14. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, a game based on the anime and light novel series of the same name, was released this past St. Valentines Day for the PSP and PS Vita. The story revolves around the residents of Sakurasou, a run-down dormitory inhabited by quirky, yet talented problem children. In this game, the player controls Sorata Kanda on his quest to become a game designer while tending to Mashiro Shiina, a world-famous artist who cant change her own clothes. The DLC, entitled Sakurasous Mysterious Panties, will cost 630 yen and contain four fully-voiced episodes. If you want a preview of this DLC, read on for a sneak preview of each episode. Episode 1: Hauhaus Ecchi Chase One day, Tatebayashi and Saori (the former student council president and his girlfriend, who are actually obscure side characters) are walking through town when all of a sudden, a mysterious pair of panties falls from the sky

With the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods premiere about a month away, the movies promotional momentum is going strong. The anime franchise has recently revealed collaborations with a cup noodle brand and a beverage company in Japan. Now, the second trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has been streamed by the Japanese movie news website, Cinema Today. Watch and enjoy the second full trailer below: The 80-second video features Flows version of Cha-La Head Cha-La. The J-rock band will release a Double Aside single, which includes the song HERO ~Kibou no uta~ (HERO ~Song of hope~), on March 20. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is set during the lost decade of the manga (after the epic battle with Majin Buu). Bils awakes from his long slumber and is out to challenge Goku on a battle. Will Goku be able to stop the God of Destruction? Can he finally perform the Super Saiyan God transformation? Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods premieres on March 30 in Japan. If you havent seen the first full trailer, watch it below: via JEFusion

Episode 2: Dragons Close Call with the Tomato Ryuunosuke, the programming genius and shut-in, opens a letter from Rita saying, Im coming to Japan in a few days. The message sends shivers down Ryuunosukes spine, while his jealous AI, Maid-chan, prepares for battle

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo getting new scenarios as DLC


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Episode 3: Mashiros Shocking Shopping After arriving in Japan, Rita goes shopping with Mashiro and Sorata. Mashiro, in her typical fashion, asks Sorata to pick out her underwear

What will happen if a rich spoiled brat and a hacking prodigy join forces together? That well have to find out in Ousamatachi no Viking (Kings Viking). This upcoming manga series is a collaboration work between Makoto Fukami and Sadayasu. Episode 4: Nanamis Naked Snoop Just when the residents of Sakurasou finish a project, Soratas little sister Yuuko visits their home, seeking Nanamis mentorship Makoto Fukami is currently working with Gen Urobuchi on the script of the ongoing sci-fi anime, Psycho-Pass. On the other hand, the Sadayasu working on Ousama-tachi no Viking is the son of Kei Sadayasu, the original creator of the 1992 anime Ah Harima-nada and the author of the manga entitled Nanto Magoroku.

Fans of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo can buy the game now. Complete strangers to the series can watch the anime, which is airing in Japan now. Source: Dengeki Online

Sadayasu and anime script writer Makoto Fukami team up on a cyber action manga
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Ousama-tachi no Viking will debut in the 14th issue of Weekly Big Comic Spirits anthology published by Shogakukan. The collaboration manga launches on March 4. In related news, Kei Sadayasu will release his baseball manga entitled Four Seam which will debut in the sixth issue of Shogakukans seinen manga magazine, Big Comic. This launches on March 9 in celebration of the 45th anniversary

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of the magazine. Four Seam centers on an ex-fastball pitcher formerly known as the king.

Infused with a two-million-volt current, this unique sword is capable of temporarily shutting down the interface to a cyborgs brain, or to a UGs optical neuro-AI. Its also highly effective as a conventional cutting weapon. Has Stun Blade enhancement, increasing chance of stun with every hit. How to unlock: Collect all data storage items. 02:00 - Armor Breaker (BP Cost: 20,000) Modeled after the Kabutowari swords fo feudal Japan, this blade offers both lethal cutting power and the chance of destroying armor with every hit, making it a great choice against heavier targets, including large UGs. Has Armor Breaker Enhancement, increasing chance of destroying enemy armor with every hit. How to unlock: Collect all ID chips. 02:43 - High-Frequency Long Sword (BP Cost: 20,000) A high-frequency blade modeled after Nodachi, a style of long, curved sword used by the samurai warriors of feudal Japan. How to unlock: Finish all VR Missions with 1st ranking. 04:07 - High-Frequency Wooden Sword (BP Cost: 5000) A blunt weapon crafted from Honduran mahogany, the wood best suited to high-frequency enhancement. While incapable of cutting through targets, this unbreakable wooden swords high-frequency upgrade makes it the ideal choice to subdue cyborgs without killing them. Special Effect(s): Wooden Blade Inhibitor (Attack Power downgrade) Effect Enhancement An upgraded version of Raidens cyborg body firmware that retunes and optimizes his use of the High-Frequency Wooden Sword, improving the odds that every hit could knock an enemy unconscious. How to unlock: Find all Men-in-Boxes. 04:55 - High-Frequency Murasama Blade (BP Cost: 10,000) A notorious blade passed down through generations of the Rodrigues family. Sam had it modified into a high-frequency blade, enhancing the already astonishing properties of the original metal and giving it an ominous crimson glow. An explosive charge housed in the scabbard enables a lightningquick draw. How to unlock: Beat the game on any difficulty. 05:54 - High-Frequency Machete (BP Cost: 5000) A high-frequency knife modeled after the machetes common to Central and South America. Although it has a slightly shorter reach than a typica high-frequency blade, the HF Machete can be swung more quickly. Plus, it goes great with the Mariachi Uniform How to unlock: Collect 10 data storage items. 07:04 - FOX Blade (BP Cost: 200,000) The high-frequency Blade used by ex-FOXHOUND field agent Frank Jaeger, a.k.a. Gray Fox, after he was outfitted in a cyborg ninja chassis by Dr. Clark. Gray Foxs soul still echoes through the blade, sometimes enabling it to cut clean through enemies, armor and all.
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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance game play tips, blades and unlockables
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/metal-gear-rising-revengeancegame-play-tips-blades-unlockables/ By sentinel011 on February 27th, 2013

We have explained some useful tips and tricks on our own a couple of days back. This time, we scoured the internet for you for various tips and tricks, as well as unlockables and different blades you can unlock throughout the game. *Spoilers* beyond this point involves content spoilers, so spare yourself if you do not wish to ruin your gaming experience. Unless you absolutely love spoilers. Youtube user MasterLL seems to grasp Metal Gear Rising very well, having completed Revengeance mode on S rank throughout within a week. Here, he shows how players can gain unlimited BP by using the Customize option exploit, which allows you to purchase powerful weapons, skills and upgrades early in the game. He has also shows players on how to defeat the last boss without any damage. So if you have not a single nanopaste left with you prior to this boss battle, this video is just the thing for you. And here are some of the unlockable blades you can obtain in Revengeance. Some require DLC purchases, though. 00:00 - High-Frequency Blade (BP Cost: 0) Its metallic structure strengthened by an alternating current, this blade resonates such that it weakens the particle bonds of whatever it cuts. Its effectiveness is further boosted in Blade Mode, which consumes energy but enables highspeed attacks. Customized by Doktor to absorb fuel-cell electrolytes from its victims. 00:56 - Stun Blade (BP Cost: 20,000)

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FOX Blade Effect Enhancement (BP Cost: 100,000) An updated version of Raidens cyborg body firmware that retunes his use of the Fox Blade based on battle data taken from Gray Fox himself. It improves the odds that every strike could penetrate enemy armor. How to unlock: Pre-order only Source: MasterLLs MGR:R play list

The Rockman Ultrabook production project organisers have prepared four designs for the top covers artwork, each featuring one of the following characters: Rockman, Roll, Dr. Wily, and Mega Man. Yes, Mega Man. From the American box art.

Rockman Ultrabook: vote for your favourite design [Japan Only]


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/rockman-ultrabook-vote-for-yourfavourite-design/ By KarbyP on February 26th, 2013

From now till March 4, fans can vote for the design they want to see used for the actual Rockman Ultrabook itself. Youll be able to cast your vote once per day. Aside from the four designs, you can also submit your own ideas on what the ideal Rockman Ultrabook top cover artwork should be, by selecting a fifth option (the one with a giant question mark on it) in the poll. Do note, however, that youll need to get your thoughts character, and design treatment to the Rockman Ultrabook organisers via written Japanese. After the first round of polling ends on March 4, there will be two additional rounds, taking place from March 5 to 11, and from March 12 to 18. It is unclear if these second and third rounds will feature designs different from the initial polling period. In any case, once the final designs have been decided upon, pre-orders for the Rockman Ultrabook in Japan will begin March 29, and stay open all the way till the end of May. The laptops themselves are tentatively scheduled to be delivered to customers at the end of July. And in case youre wondering, yes, this is Japan-only. So if you plan on getting one of these babies, youll probably need a Japanese shipping address, as well as a whole lot of patience to stomach Windows in moon language (or reinstall Windows altogether). Still, pretty cool that Rockman Ultrabooks are even happening in the first place. Which design will you vote for? Source: Rockman-Ultrabook.com [via 4Gamer]

Whatever the winning design is, I just hope that this Rockman Ultrabook thing will actually materialise. Since, you know, the last time fans got to vote on something Rockman/Mega Man (*cough* *cough*Legends3 *cough*), the entire project got cancelled. Anyway, that shouldnt be the case here; according to builtto-order PC maker Unitcom (the folks doing all the heavy lifting here), theyve already acquired the license to make these Rockman Ultrabooks. Its been green-lit. All machines are go. Today the official Rockman Unity blog (not to be confused with Capcom Unity) announced a commemorative Rockman Ultrabook production project that will see the blue bomber or one of his other co-stars in the video games grace the top cover of a 14.1, 19mm-slim Intel Ultrabook, running on a 3rd-generation CPU. The Rockman Ultrabook will weigh 1.67kg, and uses SSD storage for super-fast boot-up speeds. Although the specs for the laptop are more or less finalised, the top-cover design itself has yet to be that part is up to you.

March 5th, 2013

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (PS3) preview some of the games 39 songs here [Trailer]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/hatsune-miku-project-diva-ps3preview-games-39-songs-trailer/ By KarbyP on March 5th, 2013

Not all of the 39 songs (32+6+PoPiPo DLC) present in the PlayStation 3 version of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F are previewed in this latest trailer for the game. Still, theres plenty to look at its over 12 minutes long! On top of an elongated look at the PS3 versions six new songs, the trailer also contains clips from tunes already included in the PS Vita version. Boy, do these clips look so much sharper now that the games on the PS3! In an interview the Sega feat. Hatsune Miku Project development team previously mentioned that in the PS Vita version of Project Diva f, there were a lot of areas they ended up rendering using 2D textures due to technological constraints. For the PS3 version, those areas are now supposedly rendered with better-looking, 3D textures. Can you spot them in the trailer below?

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F for the PlayStation 3 comes out in Japan and Asia March 7, 2013.

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eventually earn points that you can redeem to use four additional power classes. Here, this video can explain the differences within the classes much better than I can: By now you may have heard that theres been some changes made to the control scheme in Gears of War: Judgement. Those control changes affect OverRun, too. Most notably (or notoriously, depending on your perspective), the Y button now lets you switch between your two primary weapons. It appears that in GoW:J you only carry two weapons instead of four two primaries, one pistol, and a grenade in past instalments. Part of this change in control scheme is due to the developers wanting to shift the grenade command to Left Bumper, so that players can quickly lob one out in dangerous situations, rather than slowly fumble through the d-pad menus for a few seconds to bring out that grenade. Essentially, the control tweaks take away a secondary weapon (so you have two weapon choices now instead of three), and remaps the grenade function. While that doesnt sound very limiting within the confines of single-player, in OverRun while I was playing as certain classes such as the Engineer on the CoG team I definitely wished for the ability to carry a third weapon. Because the Engineer wields a standard-issue shotgun, and a freaking blowtorch. And its not for melting your enemies face off, which given Gears of Wars pedigree, wouldnt be that far off from something youd expect to happen in this game. Nope, no awesome face-melting shenanigans here. All youll do with that blowtorch, is to repair structures with.

Gears of War: Judgement OverRun multiplayer mode puts a new spin on the Human-Locust war [Preview]
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At a Microsoft media event here in Singapore we went hands-on with OverRun, one of two new multiplayer modes that Gears of War: Judgement is bringing to the table. How does it play? In a nutshell: Youve played Gears of War before, but never in a fashion quite like this. Truth be told, the OverRun mode is more or less a natural progression from the Beast mode and improved Horde mode introduced in Gears of War 3. In OverRun, one team of five assumes a faction of Coalition of Gears (CoG) operatives, while the other team (also with five players) assumes that of the Locusts. This is an objective-based game mode, and that objective is a generator that the humans have to protect from the Locust swarm. Teams will take turn to play as the CoGs and the Locusts in two consecutive rounds. The time limit for a typical round is six minutes. Whichever team can bring down the CoGs generator the fastest while playing as the Locusts, wins. Unlike a standard Team Deathmatch setup, each faction is not a palette swap of the other; instead, both the CoGs and the Locusts have different classes. Heck, they even have different numbers of different classes. On the human side, you pick from four: Engineer, Medic, Soldier and Scout. On the Locusts side, you have a few more options. Like the humans, at the start of a round you can only pick from four classes. But perform well during a match, and youll

But having played several rounds of OverRun with other members of the Singapore press corps, I have to say: repairing strucutres is easily the most important job on the CoG team. Before the Locusts can get to the CoGs precious generator, they must first breach a number of defense mechanisms, which include spiked fences and other blockades. Once destroyed, these defense mechanisms will never respawn again. And so the only way to keep them in place is to repair them the moment they take damage. But at the same time, you cant just focus on repairing structures; you will need some firepower to kill off the Locust players before they can focus-fire on a single structure and overwhelm you.

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And while the Engineer does have some offensive capabilities before you get down to repairing structures, you can set-up a turret to put out some cover fire (this command is mapped to the LB button, and replaces your grenade throw) its not nearly enough. For that youll need the Soldier and Scout players to do their job. The Soldier is armed with a Lancer assault rifle along with the Boom Shot and a drop ammunition skill to help your teammates resupply. Whereas the Scout is armed with a sniper rifle, a pistol, and a beacon grenade that can map out enemy positions, and intensify the damage those marked enemies will receive when shot. Youll need a lot of communication and teamwork to prevent that generator from getting blown-up; as we found out during the media preview session, it is possible to take cover somewhere and safely take regular pot-shots at the generator. And thats just one of the new ways to play Gears of War. We havent even got our paws on the Survival mode (an improved version of Horde, with Judgements new CoG operative classes), or played much of the new single-playerslash-co-op campaign yet. Then theres the Aftermath mini-campaign, which you can unlock by clearing Declassified missions. Theres a lot to look forward to, even if you think youve seen it all in three Gears of War games. Gears of War: Judgement hits all good video game stores in Singapore March 19, 2013. The M18 game will be sold for the standard retail price of S $69. Gamers who pre-order before March 18 will be entitled to goodies such as a G.O.W. metal keychain and five in-game content tokens but dont actually wait till March 18! Early-bird pre-orderers will also receive an exclusive GOW T-shirt absolutely free. So if youre planning to pick this up day one, might as well go pre-order the game now.

Its quite clear that the Locusts have the advantage in OverRun, but thats by design. You need to eventually give the Locusts enough firepower to break through the humans defense and destroy that generator. In other words, as the CoGs, youll need to actively seek out Locusts and kill the ones who camp and take pot-shots, rather than focus on just a defensive strategy. On the flipside, it may seem that youd require less teamwork and communication when playing as the Locusts. And, once again, this is something we tried as the Locusts it is definitely possible to bring down the generator fairly quickly even if every member on your team is pretty much running around doing their own team. Thats how powerful the Locust classes are. But remember, folks, the clock is ticking. At the end of the day, winning or losing really comes down to how well you play the Locust team, really. And that brings me to what I think is the most beautiful thing about Gears of War: Judgements OverRun mode: it is designed to appeal to both hardcore and casual GoW players. The core Gears of War players will appreciate the intricate strategies that will unfold as they get better and better at shaving seconds off the clock, as Locusts. As the humans, they may also develop communication and teamwork skills almost to the point that they may seem psychic to the opposing team. But if you dont really care about the competitive streak in games, its still a lot of fun to kickback, relax, and play a game of target practice as the CoG operatives, and a game of trolling your enemies while on the Locusts side.

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a new PSP game. The game, entitled Ro-Kyu-Bu! Himitsu no Otoshi Mono (The Secret Lost Items), is scheduled to be released on June 20. The story revolves around Subaru Hasegawa, a high school boy who is the coach of an elementary schools girls basketball team. One day, Subaru is walking through town when he meets Takenaka, the girls classmate and the captain of the boys basketball team. In order to prepare for the tournament coming later that fall, Takenaka suggests going on a training camp with the girls team. Subaru thinks this is a good idea, but when the time for the training camp actually comes, he stumbles upon a new mission Ro-Kyu-Bu was already adapted into a visual novel for the PSP in 2011, but it seems like this upcoming game will be different. According to the developer, Kadokawa Games, this will be a Loli Sports Stealth Adventure game. What kind of genre is that? Maybe these pictures will give some hints.

New Ro-Kyu-Bu game coming to the PSP on June 20


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/ro-kyu-bu-game-coming-pspjune-20/ By SunSoftware on March 5th, 2013

Source: Dengeki Online

Biohazard Revelations Unveiled Editions Infernal Mode revealed


This is a good year for Ro-Kyu-Bu fans. Not only is the second season of the anime coming this summer, but so is
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/biohazard-revelations-unveilededitions-infernal-mode-revealed/

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Gears of War: Judgement is not just a prequel, features unlockable Aftermath minicampaign
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/gears-war-judgement-prequelfeatures-unlockable-aftermath-mini-campaign/ By KarbyP on March 5th, 2013

In Biohazard Revelations Unveiled Edition, Infernal mode doesnt just up the difficulty. It changes the enemies location, adds in a couple more of them at you for you to handle, and changes item positions. In the trailer you can watch Jill get her having a hard time as she tries to battle her way out, while comparing it to the Normal Mode. A new enemy, the Wall Blister, a mutation created from the waterborne T-Abyss virus, is also introduced. This is probably one of those modes that actually adds replay value to the experience. This series bridges the gap between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, unveiling a new adventures for Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield. Based on Chris Redfields last known GPS coordinates, Jill and her new partner, Parker Luciani gets involved in a search mission to look for him. They get sent on board a supposedly abandoned cruise ship in the Mediterranean which was far from being empty. The ship hides danger around every corner as Jill and Parker explores the confined space of the ship and faces a menacing new horror that emerges. Biohazard Revelations Unveiled Edition is set for release on May 21 in North America, May 23 in Japan and May 24 in Europe for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC. Source: Famitsu

Gears of War: Judgement, Ive been telling folks this whole time, is this spin-off prequel to the Gears of War trilogy that explores the story of series stalwarts Damon Baird and Augustus Cole before the main protagonist Marcus Fenix finds and enlists them into his squad. As of this week, that description is no longer the full story. Dont get me wrong its still about Damon Baird and Augustus Cole before the events of the first Gears of War. But as Epic Games have revealed this week, after youre done with Judgements main campaign, this is also a bonus minicampaign that tells the story of Baird and Cole You go about unlocking the Aftermath mini-campaign by accumulating stars throughout the main campaign, for skilful performance, such as killing with headshots, et cetera. For a boost to your campaign stars, you can also take on Declassification side-missions, which take on an interesting meaning in the context of the games story. The main campaign in Judgement is told in a series of flashbacks that explain what happened that led to Bairds entire team getting court-martialed and accused of treason. The flashbacks are presented to gamers based on evidence publicly aired in the court records but theyre not exactly the full story. There are portions in the file marked in black ink.

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When you take on a Declassification side-mission, then, you are essentially peeling back that black ink, to uncover what Baird and his team actually encountered. In terms of gameplay, according to Destructoid, these translate into harder challenges. One Declassification turned all the Wretches in a particular chapter into Lambent Wretches, which interestingly do not even make their debut in the main trilogy until Gears of war 2, a game that takes place some 15 years after Judgement. In other words, the Declassified mission is implying that the Coalition of Gears government had in fact knew about Lambent Wretches some fifteen years before players, as Marcus Fenix, would know about them Lambent Wretches had existed from the very beginning. For some reason, however, the government had chose to bury that information and keep it sealed off from public eyes. Between Declassified missions and Aftermath, yes, Gears of War: Judgement isnt your typical video game prequel. Its got a little more than that. And then some (check out our impressions of the new OverRun multiplayher mode here). Gears of War: Judgement (M18, price: S$69) for the Xbox 360 hits stores in Singapore March 19, 2013. Source: Destructoid, Kotaku, IGN UK

Anime fans outside Japan may not have had the chance to play most Japanese social games, but were still lucky because some of these games get adapted into anime. One of them is Zettai Bouei Leviathan (Total Defense Leviathan) by GREE. It has been announced that a TV anime adaptation of this social game will be produced by Gonzo. GREE is known for its social games released in the iOS and Android platforms. Previously, its mobile game, Tanken Driland, was adapted into anime by Toei. It was also announced that GREEs creature-raiser game Odoriko Clinoppe (Dancer Clinoppe) will receive an anime adaptation. GREEs upcoming card battle game Zettai Bouei Leviathan is set in Aquafall, a mythical world where there is an abundance of water and green landscapes. The creatures living in this world are dragons and fairies. Soon, all living beings are threatened by evil entities from meteorites. Syrup, a fairy from Aquafall, forms the Aquafall Defence Force and recruits Leviathan, Bahamut and Jrmungandr, three girls hailing from the dragon clan. Cast information: Saori Hayami (Sachi from Sword Art Online) as Leviathan

GREE social game Zettai Bouei Leviathan receives anime adaptation


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/social-game-zettai-bouei-leviathanreceives-anime-adaptation/ By ellehaym on March 4th, 2013

Eri Kitamura (Sayaka Miki from Puella Magi Madoka Magica) as Bahamut

Ayana Taketatsu (Kirino Kousaka from Oreimo) as Jrmungandr


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Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori from Psycho-Pass) as Syrup

Are you a fan of stories about teenage vampires? No? Well, that might be about to change the anime adaptation of Yuuki Kodamas Blood Lad is scheduled to air later this year. The manga Blood Lad was first serialized in Young Ace in 2009 and has sold over 800,000 copies. The story is centered around Staz, a powerful vampire who secretly loves human culture especially Japanese anime, manga, and games. When a Japanese school girl named Fuyumi wanders into the demon world, Staz freaks out at the opportunity to talk to a Japanese human, until Fuyumi is eaten by a monster and turns into a ghost. Afterwards, Staz decides to help her come back to life, for the sake of visiting the human world. The upcoming anime is being animated by the studio Brain Base, which also animated Baccano!, Durarara!!, and Natsume Yuujinchou.

Staff: Directed by Kenichi Yatani (Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki) Script by Yasunori Ide (Hanaukyo Maid-tai) Character design by Takaharu Okuma (Kotoura-san) Music by Tomoki Kikuya (Shinryaku! Ika Musume) and Shiho Terada (Inazuma Eleven GO) OP theme: Hajimari no Resolution by Yuki Kanno ED theme: Truly by Passpo The mobile game version is slated for release in Japan this spring. Pre-registrations for the game started last October. TV anime Zettai Bouei Leviathan premieres April 6 in Japan. Sources: Zettai Bouei Leviathan Official Site, animeanime.jp and Dr. Serkan Toto

The following staff members have also been revealed: Director: Shigeyuki Miya (Buzzer Beater) Character Designer: Kenji Fujisaki (Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox) Planner: Kenji Konuta (Library War) While youre waiting for Blood Lad to hit the airwaves, you can check out these outlandish characters. Vlad Charlie Staz

TV anime Blood Lad coming this year


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/tv-anime-blood-lad-coming-2013/ By SunSoftware on March 4th, 2013

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You may have never heard of the small PC game Yume Nikki, but youll soon have the chance to enjoy it in novel or manga form. Yume Nikki was first developed by the doujin (indie) game developer Kikiyama and released as a free game in 2004. It soon gained a cult following in Japan, as well as overseas after an unofficial English version was released. The game revolves around Madotsuki, a shut-in who lives in a boring apartment where she does practically nothing during her waking hours. When she falls asleep, however, she has dreams in which she travels across surreal environments and encounters bizarre things, such as floating, disembodied heads.

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Source: Famitsu

Doujin game Yume Nikki gets a novel, manga, and Vocaloid CD


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/indie-game-yume-nikki-receivingmanga-adaptation/

The novel adaptation is currently titled, Yume Nikki: Anata no Yume ni Watashi wa Inai (Dream Diary: I Dont Exist in Your Dream). The author, Akira, debuted in high school when he simultaneously won five beginning writer awards, and he has written several works including the
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Kyouran Kazoku Nikki and Sasami-san@Ganbaranai light novel series. The novel will also include illustrations by Ako Arisaka, who is well known for her Vocaloid illustrations. The manga adaptation will be serialized by the Takeshobos online magazine Manga Life Win+. It will feature an original story written by the Vocaloid composer Machigerita, while the art will be drawn by Hitoshi Tomizawa, the artist of the manga Alien Nine. Furthermore, an image song CD has been announced. Entitled A Waltz for Yume Nikki, it will include songs composed by Machigerita and performed by the Vocaloid Aoki Lapis. The CD will be released on April 27 for 1,000 yen and also come in a limited edition package that includes a tapestry.

The anime series, which started in October 2009, will end on the 175th episode entitled Sono Toki Mita Shoujo no Kao wa (The Face of the Girl I Saw). Starting on April 6, Fairy Tail will be replaced with the anime Driland.

Along with the magazines announcement is a tweet from the original creator himself. Interestingly, considering that the anime is about to end, Mashima says that hes going to bring the good news. However, this is not yet the right time for the announcement so well just have to wait. If youre hyped about all the upcoming releases, you can get Yume Nikki right now on the PC. Source: Project Yume Nikki Official Website The anime series story opens with Lucy Heartfilia, a teenage girl who runs away from home to become part of Fairy Tail, an infamous mage guild. She meets Natsu Dragneel and his partner Happy. With Natsus help, Lucy becomes part of the Fairy Tail guild. They soon take on missions together with two other wizards Gray Fullbuster and Erza Scarlet. Sources: JEFusion and Capsule Computers

TV anime Fairy Tail to end this March


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/fairy-tail/ By ellehaym on March 2nd, 2013

Watch Skyrim running with a virtual reality treadmill


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/watch-skyrim-running-virtualreality-treadmill/ By SunSoftware on March 2nd, 2013

Are you the type who quits watching a long-running anime series? If you stopped watching Fairy Tail a long time ago, then this is the perfect time to pick up where you left off. Kodanshas TV Magazine has announced that the anime adaptation of Hiro Mashimas shounen fantasy-adventure manga will end on March 30 in Japan.

If youre looking for the next step in virtual reality gaming, look no further than the Omni, Virtuixs omni-directional treadmill.
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The Omni allows you to walk around virtual worlds without wandering about your living room and bumping into walls. With a fixture holding your waist in place, you dont have to worry about falling, either.

As a demo, here is a video of one of the developers using a prototype of the Omni along with a headset and the Kinect to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Granted, it would get tiring walking around Tamriel for hours and hours (or twenty minutes, for some people), but the Omni can be used for more than just games. It can be used for exercise, job training, virtual movies, virtual concerts, virtual museums, or any other virtual simulation you can think of. Are you interested in using virtual reality in your own living room? Then you can visit Virtuixs homepage or wait for their Kickstarter page, where you will be able to pledge money to help fund their development. With a bit of luck, this compact machine will make its way into your local shopping center at an affordable price. Source: Famitsu

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Animation Do reveals swimming commercial, possibly a new anime


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/animation-reveals-swimmingcommercial-possibly-anime/ By SunSoftware on March 8th, 2013

Do these catchphrases and the time spent indicate an upcoming anime, or even a movie? Although that hasnt been officially confirmed, Kyoto Animation has listed the commercial on their website with the simple title CM Swimming Video, along with the staff. The storyboard and directing were done by Hiroko Utsumi, and the character designs were done by Futoshi Nishiya, both of whom are regular members of Animation Do.

Source: Yaraon! Animation Do, the division of Kyoto Animation responsible for K-ON! and Tamako Market has aired a new commercial that may be a preview of a new, manly anime. Animation Do has a reputation of producing quality anime, and in this thirty-second swimming commercial, the studio strays from its recent puni-moe fare and demonstrates its ability to depict flying water and masculine pecs. The tag line at the end of the commercial is, A new challenge! Also, Animation Do revealed this picture one year ago, along with an announcement that they were working on a hidden project. The tag line in this picture is, Ill show you the difference between you and me!

Danganronpa anime premieres this Summer in Japan


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/danganronpa-anime-premieressummer-japan/ By ellehaym on March 7th, 2013

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Kujira as Sakura Oogami Kappei Yamaguchi as Hifumi Yamada Hekiru Shiina as Celestia Ludenberg Masaya Matsukaze as Yasuhiro Hagakure Megumi Toyoguchi as Junko Enoshima Chihiro Fujisaki as Kouki Miyata Staff information: Last year, the official website for the Danganronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei anime opened and revealed its cast and staff. Now, a TV listing has announced that the murder mystery anime will premiere this summer in Japan. Originally released as PSP game by Spike, Danganronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei is set in Kibougamine Gakuen, an elite high school that only accepts students who are the cream of the crop from their respective fields. However, Makoto Naegi (an ordinary student and the main protagonist) gets accepted because of a yearly raffle that lets ordinary students enrol in the school. Makoto arrives outside the school gates only to lose his consciousness. Soon, it has been revealed that he is trapped together with the other students by a sadistic, black and white bear by the name of Monokuma. Graduating is the only means of getting out. And by graduating, Monokuma means that a student must commit murder without the others knowing who did it. The real culprit gets to leave while the rest will be given a death sentence. Anime Production: Lerche Directed by Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation) Series composition and script by Makoto Uezu (Kamisama Dolls) Scenario supervision by Kazutaka Kodaka Original character design by Rui Komatsuzaki Character design by Kazuaki Morita (Fate/Prototype) Monokuma design by Ryoko Amisaki Speaking of Monokuma, Mikatans Blog has revealed that he is getting the Nendoroid treatment this 2013. Preorders have already begun since February 26. Check out the Nendoroid version of the two-faced, sadistic bear below:

The seiyuus from the original visual novel return for the anime adaptation: Megumi Ogata as Makoto Naegi Nobuyo Oyama as Monokuma Makiko Ohmoto as Sayaka Maizono Takahiro Sakurai as Leon Kuwata Youko Hikasa as Kyouko Kirigiri Akira Ishida as Byakuya Togami Chiwa Saito as Aoi Asahina Kousuke Toriumi as Kiyotaka Ishimaru Miyuki Sawashiro as Tohko Fukawa Kazuya Nakai as Mondo Oowada

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noticed, so Laharl, along with his vassals Etna and Flonne, is out to shake up the Netherworld. Recently revealed by NIS is this new character:

Sources: Danganronpa official anime site, ! and Mikatans Blog (English Version)

Disgaea D2 Details on mystery angel, Asagi, Demon Dojo, and Dark Assembly
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/mystery-angel-asagi-demon-dojofeatured-disgaea-d2/ By SunSoftware on March 7th, 2013

Who is this flamboyant-looking girl? Unfortunately, I have no clue. However, NIS has revealed one piece of information: The girl looks just like Pure Pink, the hero of Celestias TV show Angel Squad Pure Seven! What is a TV star from Celestia doing in the Netherworld? The next character NIS has revealed should be familiar to fans:

Disgaea D2 looks like it may be the biggest installment in the series yet, with one new character, one old character, and a new feature revealed. Disgaea D2 is the newest game by Nippon Ichi Software in their Disgaea strategy-RPG series. The game is part of NISs celebration of their 20th anniversary, as well as the 10th anniversary of the Disgaea series. The story of Disgaea D2 returns to its roots, featuring the main characters of the very first game. Laharl is back, and hes taken the role of the Overlord of the Netherworld. However, no one has really

This girl is none other than Asagi, the hero of the next game, who was first revealed in 2004 and has never actually starred in her own game. Disgaea D2 will be the eighteenth game to include her as an unlockable character. NIS has also revealed her voice actress, Suzuko Mimori (Sheryl from Milky Holmes, Umi from Love Live). She has mentioned that she is feeling a bit of pressure since Asagi has a history of being voiced by so many different actresses (a total of ten, including Mimori).

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Along with these two characters, NIS has revealed the Demon Dojo, a new feature in the Disgaea series. The Demon Dojo provides several ways to make training your characters easier.

The Dark Assembly works a lot like in past games. First, you pick a bill, then the Dark Assembly decides whether or not to pass it. Of course, the members of the Dark Assembly are all demons, so they wont pass your bill. Thats why you have to gently persuade them by bribing them with gifts.

If the bribes dont work, never fear, just persuade them some more by using brute force. You can give characters a discipline to follow so they gain bonus effects. For example, characters can gain higher stat boosts every time they level up, or they can increase their weapon mastery rate, so they can quickly learn new attacks for different weapon types. They can also inprove their charisma, so they can increase their friendship points with other characters.

But what if the Dark Assembly is too strong? Or if youre too lazy to use brute force? Then you have one more option: cold, hard cash.

In addition to the Demon Dojo, the Dark Assembly is making a return. Just like in the past Disgaea games, the Dark Assembly not only lets you create new characters, but it can unlock new content and bonuses.

Disgaea fans who want to pick up this game wont have to wait long Disgaea D2 comes out in Japan on March 20. Those who want to play in English are also in luck the game is already being localized for North America and Europe. Source: Dengeki Online
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ZEDD shows how livetune will sound like with Western electro house influence
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/zedd-shows-west-takes-hatsunemiku/ By sentinel011 on March 7th, 2013

ZEDD, most famous for his involvement with remixes of famous pop artistes like Lady Gaga, takes on the task of using the Vocaloid software to create a music genre unique to his own. Given that there are many Japanese music producers out there who have created numerous tracks and songs enough to be featured in several iterations of Project Diva games, the West has yet to have an influential music producer who has produced a livetune remix that features Hatsune Miku. Universal Music Japans Youtube page has released ZEDDs track titled Spectrum feat. Matthew Koma, which sounds great. People who are familiar with ZEDDs work will be pleased to know that despite the livetune collaboration, it still sounds very much like ZEDDs work. The track is included in ZEDDs Japanese album release of Clarity, which was released last week under Universal Music Japan. It retails for 2,300 yen at all major Japanese stores and iTunes.

Japans Dominos Pizza iTunes app features Hatsune Miku


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/japans-dominos-pizza-itunes-appfeatures-hatsune-miku/

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SimCity went full circle since its last release 10 years back with The Sims trilogy. Yet with its recent launch, many people arent happy about it. Even till now. Gamers eager to plop onto their nice comfortable chairs to build their fantastic city were met with the inability to install the game. Well, some of them. Those that were experiencing no issues with the installation process soon met with server issues, which crashed their game. Some of these gamers might be guessing Oh gee, is it because my PC wasnt good enough for this game? until a search on EAs Answer HQ brings up plenty of other users who encountered the same list of problems. Problems such as cities not being saved right before the crash, and then hours later reappearing; inability to log into the servers to access their city the list goes on. SimCity was originally a solo player experience, giving gamers the choice to create or destroy their perfect city. Unfortunately, this always-online option that was supposed to attract players to play a region of up to 16 cities with their friends turn out to be a wreck with this latest server issue fiasco. Seems like fears on DRM-enabled games are not unfounded, despite the reassurances EA gave in this particular article. [Update] One disgruntled gamer Recorded Ignorance gave a pretty accurate sentiment on the general opinions of gamers who are looking forward to SimCity. Up to press time, SGCafe is still encountering such issues with the server. Do watch out for our upcoming review of the latest SimCity.

If you love pizza and Vocaloid, you might want to consider having this iTunes app. The whole Dominos Pizza app interface has been changed with Hatsune Mikus design and concept in mind. Apart from making your standard pizza deliveries, the app also comes with a social camera function that you can take of Hatsune Miku in various poses. The app also allows you to take pictures with Miku herself. In addition, the pizza box delivered has an AR camera function that unlocks a live performance. To activate, open the apps AR function and face the camera onto the pizza boxes cover. This turns the cover into Hatsune Mikus live venue! Unfortunately, this app and service is only available within Japan. I do hope that this service will eventually branch out to other countries, including Singapore. The app [50MB] is now available through iTunes Store.

Simcity launch one of the worst received yet


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/simcity-launch-worst-received/

Perfume outsells AKB48 in the latest weekly charts?


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/perfume-outsells-akb48-latestweekly-charts/

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People in Japan believe that blood types are strongly linked to human personality, temperament and compatibility. But what about the flip side? If youve always wondered what blood types when personified might look like, keep a look out for TV anime Ketsuekigata-kun which starts airing in Japan on April 7. With the release of their latest single Mirai no Museum, Perfume managed to outsell AKB48, or have they? According to Oricon weekly charts, AKB48s latest single So long! was released a week earlier, and currently sold 50,403 units. Perfume, on the other hand has sold 68,784 units for Mirai no Museum. While it may seem that Perfume has the lead over AKB48 at first glance, one must take note that this is the second week running for AKB48s So long! single. Of course, SMAPs weekly charts tops it off at 161,681 units for its latest single Mistake! / Battery, released on the same week as Perfume. While general Japanese pop groups are still unable to best idol groups from Johnnys Entertainment or lead groups from AKS, Perfume is currently geared towards worldwide audience despite some language barriers, as evidently seen during their World Tour 1st concert tour late last year. Source: oricon.jp Ketsuekigata-kun is originally a manga created by an author whose pen name is Real Crazy Man. The manga started last July and currently has three volumes published by Earth Star Entertainment.

See all blood types personified in TV anime Ketsuekigata-kun


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/blood-types-personified-animeadaptation-ketsuekigata-kun/ By ellehaym on March 6th, 2013

Below is the cast information for Ketsuekigata-kun. Interestingly, the blood type persona that each seiyuu plays does correspond to each ones blood type! Jun Fukuyama as type A Yuuichi Nakamura as type B Akira Ishida as type O Tetsuya Kakihara as type AB Staff information: Directed by Yoshihisa Oyama Script by Kenichi Yamashita Sound by Dax Production Ketsuekigata-kun is a production of Assez Finaud Fabric. and feel. Source: animeanime.jp

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Mangaka Arina Tanemuras Album Princess Tiara coming on March 13


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/mangaka-arina-tanemuras-albumprincess-tiara-coming-march-13/ By SunSoftware on March 6th, 2013

The songs in Princess Tiara and their corresponding characters/manga are listed below. How many do you recognize? 1. Neko to Watashi no Kinyoubi (theme of the manga of the same name) 2. scorpion (theme of Kyoko Suomi from Time Stranger Kyoko) 3. Barairo Romance (theme of Maron Kusakabe from Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne) 4. CHUtto Melotic (theme of Meroko from Full Moon wo Sagashite) 5. Glass no Yakusoku (theme of Haine Otomiya from The Gentlemens Alliance Cross) 6. Tatoe Ningyo Nara (theme of Rurijo from Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura) 7. JunaiFortune (theme of Mistress Fortune) 8. Shoujo Junai Hakusho (theme of Ushio Amamiya from The Gentlemens Alliance Cross) 9. Ame no Gogo wa Romance no Heroine (theme of the manga of the same name) 10. Otome no Tane (theme of Arina no Tane) Source: Natalie

Ribons upcoming series will feature a Vocaloid-themed story


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/ribons-upcoming-series-featurevocaloid-themed-story/ By ellehaym on March 5th, 2013

You have probably heard of Arina Tanemura, the famous mangaka who created Full Moon wo Sagashite and The Gentlemens Alliance Cross, but you may not have had the chance to hear her sing. Tanemura has been working on a character song album titled Princess Tiara, which will be released on March 13. The songs are based on ten of her manga and heroines and are performed by the mangaka herself. To celebrate the release of her album, Tanemura will appear at a promotional event at Animates Yokohoma store on April 7. Fans who live in Japan can get a ticket to the event along with their CD when they pre-order at Animates Yokohama, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, or Shinjuku store. Theres only a limited number of tickets, so those who pre-order will have to pick up their copy quickly.

Ribon, the monthly shoujo manga magazine published by Shueisha, has announced on its April issue that it will launch a Vocaloid manga series. The series will start running in Ribons June issue.

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Along with the announcement is a bonus item entitled Ribon x Hatsune Miku: Vocaloid Complete Handbook. The cover features Vocaloids drawn by five manga authors: Haru Karuki (Rozen Maiden dolls talk) drew Meiko Yuka Fujiwara (Crash!) drew Kaito Yoko Maki (Aishiteru ze Baby) drew the Kagamine Rin and Len Mayu Sakai (Sugar Soldier) drew Hatsune Miku Nana Haruta (Stardust Wink) drew Megurine Luka

The handbook features the characters of Crypton Future Medias most popular franchise as well as an introduction to the song Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru [Shite yan yo]. Readers can also enjoy the handbooks Vocaloid quiz game and Vocaloid Fortunes. Previously, Maker Unofficial: Hatsune Mix, a Vocaloid doujinshi manga series by KEI (the original Vocaloid illustrator), was serialized in the shounen manga magazine Comic Rush. The series started running in 2007. Source: Mantan Web and Vocaloid Wiki

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Madoka Magica and Fate/ Zero get glow-in-the-dark boxers


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/madoka-magica-fatezero-glow-inthe-dark-boxers/ By SunSoftware on March 13th, 2013

The blue boxers has a print of Sabers holy sword, Excalibur, whereas the yellow boxers has Gilgameshs most powerful Phantasm, Ea. Not only do both pairs feature a legendary weapon, but you guessed it both swords glow in the dark. Each pair of boxers costs 2,500 yen and will be on sale at Anime Contents Expo 2013, which will be held on March 30 and 31 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. If, by any chance, youre not satisfied with glowing underwear, you can check out Broccolis other upcoming products. They cover a lot of anime, including The Idolm@ster and Love Live, and they have a wide array of products, such as keychains, cushions, tapestries, tights, and bath towels (none of them glow in the dark, sadly). Source: Moe Ota-news Get the most prominent wordpress plugin download readily available today, you'll discover both free and premium plugins here. We have examined the whole internet, evaluated hundreds of recommended Wordpress plugins and picked the very best. Locate new products the most up to date technology updates, consisting of new item launches, revenues figures and technician sector performance info. Go through short articles on new gadgets and models for future modern technology. best seo you ought to and need to not be doing on your Websites to make them place higher in online search engine. In a continuously transforming Search Engine Optimization garden, it is important to remain current about the altering methods and methods of optimization. Below is a listing of tools blog network management from a central area. There are WordPress dash panels, in addition to multisite tools to handle domains, styles, campaigns, and much more. features one-click accessibility, tracking, backup, deployment, publishing, and protection functions. Testimonial which of your websites have themes and plugins

Anime Contents Expo is bound to have a ton of visitors this month, and the manufacturer Broccoli is eager to get a piece of the action. Among their soon-to-be hits are these glow-inthe-dark boxer shorts. These two boxers each have a design based on the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The top one has a print of a Soul Gem that glows in the dark, whereas the polka-dotted one has a silhouette of the Dessert Witch (also known as Charlotte) that glows in the dark. Its a dream come true for anyone who has ever wanted to wear a pair of underwear featuring a famous anime that is visible at night. But what if youre not such a big Madoka Magica fan? Have no fear, for Broccoli will also sell special Fate/Zero-themed boxers.

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Premium Viewing area Exclusive KPP posters to be given away Autographed poster 50 winners will be selected via lucky draw General Admission (88 SGD) Exclusive KPP posters to be given away In other Kyary news, the Harajuku pop princess has revealed the full PV for Ninja ri Bang Bang. Watch her cute ninja moves below: via AFA Channel Get the most well-liked WordPress SEO Plugin offered today, you'll discover both free and premium plugins below. We have actually checked the entire internet, reviewed hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and picked the most effective. Discover electronics the current innovation news, consisting of brand-new product releases, revenues figures and technician business efficiency info. Go through information on new devices and models for future technology. google seo that you need to and must not be doing on your Web pages to make them rank higher in search engines. In a constantly altering SEO garden, it is necessary to remain updated about the changing techniques and approaches of optimization. Here is a list of tools WordPress Management Software from a main location. There are WordPress dash panels, as well as multisite devices to manage domains, styles, initiatives, and much more. features one-click gain access to, tracking, back-up, implementation, publishing, and safety functions. Evaluation which of your websites have motifs and plugins that need focus. With one click, update every one of your plugins, styles or core WordPress software application.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyus 100%KPP World Tour: Singapore concert details revealed
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It was previously announced that Singapore is one of the stops for Kyary Pamyu Pamyus 100%KPP World Tour. Now, more details have been finally revealed! Japans kawaii Fashion Monster will be holding her Singapore concert on May 10. The free standing concert officially starts at 7:00 PM at the *SCAPE Warehouse, Orchard Road. Ticketing information will be announced soon. For further updates, check out the official site for 100%KPP World Tour in Singapore.

Zapuni shares music videos for Tohoku earthquake charity


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/zapuni-shares-music-videos-tohokuearthquake-charity/ By SunSoftware on March 12th, 2013

Tickets will be available in two tiers: VIP (138 SGD) High Touch with Kyary
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One year after the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, the group Zapuni came together to help children affected by the disaster. Now, theyre back to spread awareness through beautiful music videos. Zapuni is a collaboration between Japanese animators and world renowned musicians. Their goal is to raise money for charities like School Music Revival, which provides musical instruments for schools damaged by the earthquake. As part of their first project, they have created two heartwarming music videos, which you can watch below. Psychedelic Afternoon Seiji is tormented by horrible tsunami-flashback dreams, but one night he wakes up and his beloved grandfather has appeared. With a strum of his grandfathers guitar, Seiji is transported to a colorful, slightly strange, psychedelic world and finally manages to have a good dream. This song is performed by David Byrne, the former lead vocalist of the American band Talking Heads, and is written by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a composer who has won prestigious awards throughout the world, including a Golden Globe for The Last Emperor. The animation is done by the husbandand-wife team UrumaDelvi, who are well known for the childrens song Bottom Biting Bug. Blossom Angels watch over an old farmer as he works to bring a tsunami-ravaged land back to life. The video is directed by Yutaka Yamamoto, a former member of Kyoto Animation and founder of the studio Ordet, which is responsible for the Black Rock Shooter OVA and anime series. The song, Hoppipolla, is performed by the Icelandic band Sigur Rs, who sing it in a combination of Icelandic and their own language, Vonlenska, which they translate as Hopelandic. You can expect Zapuni to create more works for charity, as the founder Vince Shortino commented, As a longtime resident of Japan, like everyone here, I was profoundly affected by the events of March 11, 2011. Zapuni is a collaboration effort by friends and colleagues. We believe that together through the power of combining music with art, we can to bring spiritual joy to the children of Thoku affected by the disaster. There will be more good work from Zapuni in the future. This is just the start. If you want to support Zapuni right now, you can donate to School Music Revival, or you can buy Psychedelic Afternoon on iTunes or an iPhone case featuring art from the music videos. Source: Zapuni official website Acquire the most well-liked wordpress plugin page readily available today, you'll find both free and premium plugins

Creator of Cave Story reveals new game Gero Blaster


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/creator-cave-story-reveals-gamegero-blaster/ By SunSoftware on March 11th, 2013

Daisuke Amaya, the indie game developer responsible for the popular freeware game Cave Story, took the stage at the independent developer conference BitSummit to announce his newest game, Gero Blaster. Gero Blaster is a side-scrolling platformer that looks similar to Amayas Cave Story and uses elements from Megaman, Metroid, and Castlevania. The player controls a gun-toting frog named Kaeru who must rescue his girlfriend, a cat who is kidnapped and taken to a mysterious planet. The game harks back to NES days with its simple story and 8bit graphics, but if its like Cave Story, the gameplay is bound to rival any modern platformers.
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Gero Blaster is scheduled to be released this May for the iPhone, but Amaya is already looking into other platforms. As a matter of fact, Tyrone Rodriguez from the developer Nicalis shared this photo on Twitter of the game running on a 3DS.

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Ken Akamatsu starting new manga this summer


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/ken-akamatsu-starting-mangasummer/ By SunSoftware on March 11th, 2013

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Conception II, sequel to childmaking RPG revealed


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Ken Akamatsu is one of the biggest names in the manga industry, and one year after the end of his long-running hit Mahou Sensei Negima, hes about to take up the pen again. The Japanese newspaper Nikkei held an interview with Akamatsu in which they discussed his website J-Comi. At the end of the interview, he stated that he is planning to start a new manga series this summer. Although he didnt give any details, he gave these personal comments about his future plans: Its really hard to produce three hits in a row. I think Ill retire when the next manga is over. I want a job like advertising books as a publishing agent or publishing ebooks. Originally, I wanted to be an editor, since I like making creative environments for authors. Akamatsu debuted as a mangaka in 1993 and is well known for his romantic comedy works featured in Weekly Shonen Magazine, especially Love Hina and Mahou Sensei Negima. His three best-selling manga series have about 32 million copies in circulation, 19 million of which are of Negima alone. In 2011, Akamatsu opened his website J-Comi, where visitors can read out-of-print manga for free. The site earns revenue through advertisements and gives all of the profits to the authors of the manga. Source: Nikkei Acquire the most popular wordpress plugin twitter offered today, you'll find both free and premium plugins listed here. We have actually checked the whole web, examined hundreds of recommended Wordpress plugins and picked the best. Locate tech news the most up to date innovation headlines, consisting of new product releases, sales figures and tech market efficiency information. Check out posts on brandnew gizmos and prototypes for future modern technology. local seo tips you should and need to not be doing on your Web pages to make them place higher in search engines. In a regularly transforming Search Engine Optimization landscape, it is essential to stay up-to-date about the changing practices and methods of optimization. Listed here is a listing of tools WordPress Management with a central place. There are WordPress control panels, as well as multisite tools to take care of domains, motifs, projects, and a lot more. consists of one-click gain access to, tracking, back-up, implementation, posting, and safety attributes. Review which of your websites have motifs and plugins that need attention. Along with one click, update all your plugins, styles or center WordPress software application.

The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly has revealed the sequel to Conception, the RPG that involves making children and using them to fight monsters. Conception: Ore no Kodomo wo Unde Kure! (Conception: Give Birth to my Children!) was originally developed by Spike Chunsoft (creator of Danganronpa) and released for the PSP last April. The sequel, titled Conception II: Shichisei no Michibiki to Mazuru no Akumu (The Seven Stars Guidance and the Blundering Nightmare), is scheduled to be released this summer for the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. The game combines RPG and dating sim elements in which the player bonds with girls in order to create Star Children (no, not the way youre thinking of, he makes them using magic). After organizing the Star Children into three teams, the player enters a dungeon where he and the children fight monsters. Despite the odd premise, the game managed to gather a large fanbase in Japan with its interesting characters and fresh gameplay. This installment will feature new characters and a new world. Heres a picture of the main character (you get to choose his name), and one of the heroines, Fuuko.

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This time around, the main character is a disciple at a school, and he must bond with a group of seven female disciples called Nemesis Eater. There are fewer girls than in the previous game, which has twelve girls based on the Greek zodiac. However, the story will be around twice as long as the previous games, so that will hopefully make up for it. As another new feature, the girls can now enter the dungeon and fight with you, instead of staying home and occasionally giving you a phone call in the midst of battle. The main character fights with a pair of twin blades, while Fuuko fights with a gun called the Blunder Breaker. As for the Star Children, they all come in different classes, such as fighters, magicians, and thieves.

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Conception II has just been revealed, and it already looks like it will do the prequel justice. While youre waiting for this game to come out this summer, you can play the first Conception, which will get a price reduction and cost only 1,890 yen starting in April. Source: Famitsu, Dengeki

Evangelion 3.33 BD/DVD reservation bonuses: five postcards featuring new illustrations
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Now these are just the type of postcards youd prefer to keep for yourself. Unless, of course, you are generous enough to send one to a friend who is also an Evangelion fan. via @ultimatemegax, Fashion Headline The official Evangelion Store in Tokyo has revealed that the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the upcoming Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo will come with reservation bonuses. A total of five postcards will be given away. But what makes these postcards special anyway? The truth is that each one will feature newly drawn illustrations by Khara, the production studio behind the Rebuild of Evangelion films. The home video release of this third instalment launches on the 24th of this month. Acquire the most preferred wordpress plugin directory offered today, you'll locate both free and superior plugins below. We have inspected the entire internet, examined hundreds of recommended Wordpress plugins and selected the very best. Locate read tech reviews the most up to date modern technology headlines, including new item launches, sales figures and tech sector efficiency information. Read short articles on new devices and models for future modern technology. small business seo you should and ought to not be doing on your Websites to make them rank higher in search engines. In a regularly transforming SEO garden, it is essential to continue to be current with the changing practices and strategies of optimization. Here is a list of tools monitor and manage wordPress in a main place. There are WordPress dashboards, in addition to multisite devices to take care of domains, motifs, campaigns, and much more. features one-click access, monitoring, back-up, implementation, posting, and protection functions. Testimonial which of your sites have motifs and plugins that require attention. With one click, update every one of your plugins, motifs or center WordPress software application. In related news, the EVA anime franchises store in Harajuku recently started a promotional event for White Day. The stores month-long event (which started last March 1) mainly features the three girls from Evangelion: Rei, Asuka and Mari. Limited edition items are currently offered and special White Day postcards will also be given away to fans with over 1,000 JPY worth of purchases (excluding the small toys that come with snacks).

Ayana Taketatsu releasing first album apple symphony on April 10


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The first-run limited edition will cost 3,675 yen and include: A DVD including video clips of two new songs A lottery ticket to win entry to Taketatsus upcoming solo concert

Ayana Taketatsu is well known for her voice acting roles (Kirino from OreImo, Azusa from K-ON!), but she has been making her name known in the music world, as well. One year after her solo debut, she is coming out with her first album. Taketatsus album, titled apple symphony, will include songs from her first three singles and eleven new songs. It will also come in three editions for casual listeners and hardcore fans alike. In addition to the album, Taketatsu will perform in her first solo concert on her birthday, June 23. Each copy of this album will include a lottery ticket for a chance to win a ticket to the event. A picture and description of each edition of apple symphony are listed below.

The normal edition will cost 3,150 yen and come with only the CD and a lottery ticket to Taketatsus upcoming solo concert. You can also check out the tracklist below. Although many different artists have written songs for Taketatsu, this time, she tries her own hand at writing with the song Raisu tu Mi Tu, which she co-wrote with Kanako Katou. 1. apple symphony 2. Raisu tu MiTu 3. Sinfonia! Sinfonia!!! 4. Yes-No 5. G.I.W. 6. Drive My Car 7. CANDY LOVE <album mix>

The special edition will cost 6,300 yen and include: Exclusive packaging A postcard collection and booklet A DVD containing extra footage and video clips of two new songs A lottery ticket to win entry to Taketatsus upcoming solo concert

8. Nananananbawan 9. Eburidei Meri Kurisumasu 10. HIKARI 11. the colored apple 12. Haru ga Kimi wo Kirei ni Shita 13. no Kuni no Alice 14. Jikuu Tours 15. Rhythm to Melody no Tame no Ballad

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Taketatsus album wont come out until April 10, but if you want a dose of her now, you can visit her website or listen to this promotion given directly by her. Source: Natalie, Ayana Taketatsus website Get the most preferred Free SEOPressor equivalent available today, you'll find both free and exceptional plugins here. We have checked the whole internet, assessed hundreds of recommended Wordpress plugins and chosen the very best. Discover technology acquisitions the current innovation information, including new product launches, revenues figures and tech market performance information. Go through posts on brand-new gadgets and prototypes for future technology. wordpress seo that you should and ought to not be doing on your Websites to make them rate greater in online search engine. In a regularly altering SEO garden, it is essential to stay current with the altering practices and strategies of optimization. Below is a listing of tools WordPress management console in a central area. There are WordPress dash panels, along with multisite tools to handle domains, themes, projects, and a lot more. includes one-click accessibility, tracking, backup, deployment, posting, and protection features. Evaluation which of your sites have themes and plugins that require attention. With one click, update all your plugins, themes or center WordPress software.

from an interview I saw in a program by NHK). Regardless, there are tickled minds that cannot be stopped. ZBrushCentral forum member d8Ds took on the hardcore modeling challenge. What exactly did this artist do? He remodeled My Neighbor Totoros Mei. See a Pixar-ish Mei with a variety of cute and adorable expressions:

What if Studio Ghibli goes Pixar style?


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/studio-ghibli-pixar-style/ By ellehaym on March 9th, 2013

The world-renowned Studio Ghibli sticks to the traditional techniques in the creation of their anime films despite the advancements in computer animation technology. But what if Hayao Miyazaki suddenly decides to collaborate with Pixar? What would Ghibli characters look like? We all know that a collaboration is unlikely, considering that Miyazaki himself stated that Studio Ghibli will continue to deliver hand-drawn animation to its audiences (this is based
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If youre a Hatsune Miku fan currently on a vacation in Japan, Id bet you ordered Dominos Pizza via the newly released iTunes app. Want more of the popular virtual diva from this eras cutting-edge technology? Then you might want to stay in Japan a bit longer for RWCs soon-to-bereleased gadget: the Hatsune Miku Tablet Navi starring Saki Fujita. via Kotaku Receive the most popular wordpress plugin link available today, you'll discover both free and premium plugins here. We have actually inspected the whole internet, assessed hundreds of recommended Wordpress plugins and decided on the very best. Discover technology industry the most recent innovation information, including brand-new item launches, revenues figures and technician business efficiency information. Review posts on brand-new devices and prototypes for future modern technology. seo tools people ought to and must not be doing on your Web pages to make them rate higher in online search engine. In a frequently changing SEO garden, it is essential to remain updated with the altering practices and methods of optimization. Right here is a listing of system managing multiple WordPress from a central location. There are WordPress dash panels, and also multisite devices to take care of domains, styles, projects, and much more. consists of oneclick gain access to, monitoring, back-up, implementation, posting, and protection components. Review which of your sites have motifs and plugins that require focus. With one click, update all your plugins, themes or core WordPress software.

This Hatsune Miku-themed Android tablet will go on sale starting April 15. The illustrations featured on the case as well the 50 pre-installed wallpapers (all are original illustrations) were drawn by Takumi Torigoe and other artists. A navigation app featuring the voice of Saki Fujita is also included. Specs and other features of the Hatsune Miku Android Tablet: 7-inch touchscreen tablet 800 x 480 liquid crystal screen OS: Android 4.0 Memory: 512 MB Storage: 8 GB (up to 32 GB of expandable memory) Wireless connectivity Camera: 2 MP Slots: microSD card, Mini HDMI and USB FM transmitter Earphone jack FM transmitter

Hatsune Miku is now designed on Android tablets


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/hatsune-miku-designed-androidtablet/ By ellehaym on March 8th, 2013

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This tablet package includes an AC adapter, USB cable, SAGA cable, a stand and a pedestal. It has approximately 4.5 hours of battery life. The Hatsune Miku Tablet Navi starring Saki Fujita is priced at 39,800 JPY (530.45 SGD). Pre-orders for this gadget will commence tomorrow. Sources: mon0r and RWC site Receive the most preferred n SEO plugin wordpress readily available today, you'll discover both free and superior plugins right here. We have actually checked the whole web, examined hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and chosen the most effective. Get wireless applications the latest modern technology information, including new product launches, revenues figures and tech business performance details. Review information on new gizmos and prototypes for future technology. small business seo people must and ought to not be doing on your Web pages to make them place higher in online search engine. In a regularly changing Search Engine Optimization landscape, it is very important to continue to be current with the altering methods and methods of optimization. Right here is a listing of software Manage WordPress with a main area. There are WordPress dashboards, and also multisite tools to handle domains, motifs, campaigns, and more. includes one-click gain access to, monitoring, back-up, implementation, posting, and safety attributes. Evaluation which of your websites have styles and plugins that need focus. With one click, upgrade all of your plugins, styles or center WordPress software application.

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture


A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture The trio had been fans of the Japanese pop rock girls band since about four years ago. As this was not the first time they had shown up at an autograph session for the group, the three friends had a good idea of what to expect; in fact, one of them, Aiman, was also amongst the first in line at a previous Scandal autograph session here in Singapore, two years ago. Still, if you thought that showing up for an autograph session just three or four hours before its scheduled time of commencement doesnt sound very hardcore for groupie behaviour, thats because it isnt the autograph session was just a small prelude to the main event. Other Scandal fans that SGCafe spoke to included a group of members from the Singapore-based unofficial fan club cum forum, Scandal Heaven - true hardcore Scandal groupies who had something planned right after the autograph session. Later (right after the autograph session), all the hardcore Scandal fans will be heading down to *Scape, you might want to come and check it out, Sean Tan, 24, a civil servant and a member of Scandal Heaven, an unofficial fan club based here in Singapore, told SGCafe. Whys that, I asked. Whats happening there tonight? This was about 8.30PM on Friday evening, so the concert at *Scape wouldnt take place until slightly less than 24 hours from the time I spoke to Sean. Yeah, the concerts tomorrow, but some guys I know are going to start queueing tonight. As the concert is free standing, the earlier you queue, the closer you get to stand to the actual performance at the concert, Sean explained. Other members of the fan club that SGCafe spoke to also mentioned that many of them are going for both the Saturday and Sunday shows. They [Scandal] are the strongest girls band in Japan in the world, I think! added Desmond Yong, 33, a service engineer and another esteemed member of the fan club. I dont think there are any other bands who are all-girls, and who can play as well as them!

Scandal Live in Singapore 2013: Fans show up for Saturdays concert almost a full day prior
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/scandal-live-singapore-2013-fansshow-saturdays-concert-full-day-prior/ By KarbyP on March 16th, 2013

The autograph session held at Bugis+ yesterday (March 15; check out our video highlights here) wouldnt begin until 7.30PM at the earliest. Yet, just to make sure that they would be amongst the first to go up on stage and get their copy of Scandals Encore Show album signed by their idols, some fans turned up at the venue hours before. Such was the case for a group of three friends Aiman (20), Abigail (19), and Richard (20) who showed up as early as 3PM in the afternoon to wait, way before the crowds would gather at the level 2 Atrium in Bugis+. We were probably not the first Scandal fans to arrive, but we were really lucky because we just happened to be stationed near the entrance to the queue when the lines for the audition session started forming, Abigail said.
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Scandal Live in Singapore 2013: highlights from todays Encore Show album autograph session [Video]
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seo marketing people should and need to not be doing on your Web pages to make them rate higher in online search engine. In a frequently changing Search Engine Optimization landscape, it is necessary to continue to be updated about the changing methods and strategies of optimization. Here is a list of software blog network management with a central area. There are WordPress dashboards, as well as multisite tools to manage domains, styles, initiatives, and more. consists of one-click gain access to, tracking, backup, deployment, posting, and security features. Testimonial which of your websites have motifs and plugins that require attention. Along with one click, update every one of your plugins, styles or core WordPress software application. We just got back from Japanese girls band Scandals meet-and-greet autograph session at Bugis+, where several hundreds of the pop rock groups fans from Singapore and Malaysia were present to shower the girls with thunderous applause and jubilant cheers, before getting their copies of the bands latest album Encore Show signed lovingly by the quartet of Haruna Ono (vocals, guitar), Mami Sasazaki (guitar, vocals), Tomomi Ogawa (bass, vocals), and Rina Suzuki (drum, vocals). If you missed your chance to meet the girls of Scandal upclose earlier tonight, not to worry, here at SGCafe were got you covered. Heres a short highlight clip of the autograph session that we captured on video for you to enjoy from the comforts of your living/bedroom. While its not quite the same as being there yourself, hopefully this will tide you over until tomorrow and Sundays concert while you curse yourself for having to attend to that work/family/social commitment that made it physically impossible for you to go see Scandal tonight. Scandal will be playing live at a total of two shows this weekend, both at the *Scape Warehouse in Orchard Road. The first show is scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 16 at 7PM (doors open 6PM), while the second show will take place Sunday, March 17 at 3PM (doors open 2PM). If you still have yet to get your tickets to Scandal Live in Singapore 2013, you might be able to get some last minute through Sistic at this link here. For more on Scandal Live in Singapore 2013, stay tuned to SGCafe. Well have more photos from the autograph session, an interview with the members of Scandal (yes, yes, yes we have video) and more coverage on their tour here all weekend long. Youll find everything at http://sgcafe.com/ tag/scandal In the meantime, check out J-Live Asias official website for the concert at jlive.asia/scandal/ Obtain the most prominent best wordpress plugin offered today, you'll locate both free and superior plugins listed here. We have actually examined the whole web, assessed hundreds of advised Wordpress plugins and picked the best. Find technology news articles the current innovation updates, consisting of brand-new item releases, sales figures and technician market efficiency details. Review posts on brand-new gizmos and models for future modern technology. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has received a lot of positive reviews since it was released less than a month ago, but one of the biggest criticisms is that the campaign is too short. Next month, Konami will remedy that with the help of Sam and Bladewolf. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will get two DLC packs this April for the PS3 and the Xbox 360. The packs will allow you to play as the swordsman Sam Rodrigues, aka Jetstream Sam, and the robotic canine LQ-84i or Bladewolf.
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Play as Jetstream and Bladewolf in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance DLC


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Each characters DLC pack will not only provide players with a unique fighting system to play with, but also a new side story as well.

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AKB48 to perform at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/akb48-perform-tokyo-auto-salonsingapore-2013/ By bj0rN on March 15th, 2013

The Jetstream and Bladewolf DLC packs will cost $7 (each) in North America, while the prices in other countries have not yet been confirmed. While youre waiting to get your hands on Sam and Bladewolf, you can download the VR missions, available now. Source: Metal Gear Rising Facebook page Acquire the most well-liked n SEO plugin wordpress available today, you'll locate both free and exceptional plugins here. We have examined the entire internet, assessed hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and chosen the most effective. Locate technology news articles the most up to date modern technology information, consisting of new product launches, sales figures and tech sector performance info. Check out articles on new gizmos and models for future technology. wordpress seo that you must and should not be doing on your Web pages to make them rate greater in online search engine. In a regularly transforming SEO garden, it is important to remain up-to-date with the transforming practices and methods of optimization. Here is a listing of system Manage WordPress Sites from a central place. There are WordPress dash panels, as well as multisite devices to take care of domains, styles, initiatives, and much more. consists of one-click gain access to, tracking, backup, implementation, posting, and protection components. Evaluation which of your websites have motifs and plugins that need attention. With one click, upgrade The most exclusive car show in Asia will now also play host to the most popular Japanese idol group when they come to perform here in Singapore during the shows mid-April dates. Japans most popular idol group AKB48 will be performing LIVE at the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013. These lovely girls will be performing popular songs like Heavy Rotation, which is also the theme song for Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013, and many more other songs like Aitakatta. Fans of AKB48 will be delighted to know that apart from seeing their idols perform live at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013, they are also able to redeem themselves a limited priority passes at the redemption booth so that they can get up close and personal with their favourite performer when they purchase their tickets. Purchase of tickets can be made at the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore website. More details of their performance schedule and attending members will be updated over at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore Facebook page. It is still unclear as to exactly which of the members will be attending the event. The event will take place at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre from 12-14 April 2013. Ticketing details
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2013 Gintama movie details revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/2013-gintama-movie-detailsrevealed/ By ellehaym on March 14th, 2013

The second feature film is titled Gintama the Movie: Final Chapter Be Forever Yorozuya. It is slated for a nationwide premiere in Japan on July 6. Gintamas mangaka Hideaki Sorachi wrote the brand new plot of the movie himself. Presently, no details on the story were disclosed. Rumour has it that the TV anime is ending soon because Aikatsu will be taking over its time slot starting in April. If the rumours are true, then the movie will most likely serve as the series final chapter. via Crunchyroll, Capsule Computers Acquire the most prominent ecommerce wordpress plugin available today, you'll find both free and superior plugins here. We have actually examined the entire web, examined hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and chosen the best. Get technology news articles the current technology headlines, featuring new product releases, sales figures and technician business efficiency information. Go through guides on new devices and models for future technology. seo tips and tricks people must and ought to not be doing on your Web pages to make them rank higher in online search engine. In a continuously transforming SEO garden, it is very important to continue to be updated about the changing techniques and techniques of optimization. Right here is a listing of system control multiple wordpress from a main location. There are WordPress control panels, as well as multisite tools to manage domains, motifs, initiatives, and much more. consists of one-click gain access to, monitoring, data backup, deployment, publishing, and protection features. Testimonial which of your websites have motifs and plugins that require attention. Along with one click, upgrade all of your plugins, styles or center WordPress software application.

The forthcoming Gintama anime movie is going to premiere this summer after all! As we have previously reported, the seiyuus said that they were worried about the Gintama movie not coming out as scheduled during last years Jump Festa. Now, you can worry no more because a visual art published in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine finalises the details, including the official title and release date of the 2013 Gintama movie.

March 16th, 2013

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Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP announced for the PS Vita


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/holydimension-idol-neptunia-ppannounced-ps-vita/ By SunSoftware on March 14th, 2013

In addition to this newly announced game, Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory will be released in North America and Europe next week, and the anime will air in Japan this summer, making this a busy year for the franchise. Source: Nijigami Obtain the most well-liked free wordpress plugin offered today, you'll locate both free and exceptional plugins below. We have checked the whole web, evaluated hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and decided on the best. Find technology acquisitions the latest technology updates, including brand-new item releases, revenues figures and technician market efficiency information. Read articles on new gizmos and models for future modern technology. free seo tips people need to and should not be doing on your Websites to make them rank higher in search engines. In a constantly changing SEO garden, it is essential to continue to be updated about the altering methods and strategies of optimization. Listed here is a list of system monitor and manage wordPress in a main location. There are WordPress dashboards, in addition to multisite tools to manage domains, motifs, projects, and a lot more. features one-click gain access to, tracking, back-up, deployment, publishing, and security components. Review which of your sites have styles and plugins that need attention. Along with one click, upgrade all of your plugins, styles or center WordPress software application.

The Hyperdimension Neptunia series has built a steady fanbase ever since it launched on the PS3 in 2010. Now, Neptune and the other goddesses enter the idol world as the RPG series steps onto the Vita. The latest issue of Dengeki Playstation has revealed the newest entry in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, titled Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP (Kami Jigen Idol Neptune PP). The game is scheduled to be released for the PS Vita on 20 June. There will be a limited edition package for 8,379 yen, whereas the regular edition will cost 6,279 yen and the downloadable version will cost 5,300 yen. Unfortunately, there isnt any more information than that, but there is this two-page splash from the magazine:

Scandal official products coming to live performance in Singapore


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/scandal-official-products-cominglive-performance-singapore/ By SunSoftware on March 14th, 2013

Along with an adorable picture of Neptune in a frilly dress, there is the tag line, Song is power! and a notice that further information will be revealed at Dengekis Thanksgiving Festival, which will take place on March 17 and 18 (when Gust will also reveal the next Atelier game).

If youre planning to attend Scandals live performance this weekend, you need to check out these official products that will be on sale at the show, including their three latest albums.
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The internationally renowned girl band Scandal will be performing at the *SCAPE Warehouse on March 16 and 17, and hopefully, you have already bought your tickets. The concert will take place at 7 PM on Saturday and 3 PM on Sunday, but the goods counter will open at 12 PM on Saturday and 10 AM on Sunday. You can see the official product list below. Only cash will be accepted, so be sure to stuff your wallets before you go.

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3. Solitude 4. /Kyouki Chinden 5. /Kokoro Sanctuary 6. /Gekkyou Hangon Cinerarium 7. Siege oder sterben 8. missing 9. The creator 10. Herrscher 11. /Kuusou Mesorogiwi 12. /Soushi 13. /Kikai (cover) On the same day as the album, Yousei Teikoku will also release a Blu-ray Disc containing a collection of music clips titled Chronik 1 (Chronik Eins). Later, to celebrate their 15th anniversary, Yousei Teikoku will be on tour in Japan from June 1 to June 16. Source: Yousei Teikoku Official Website Obtain the most popular wordpress plugin ecommerce readily available today, you'll discover both free and superior plugins right here. We have actually examined the entire internet, evaluated hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and chosen the very best. Find wireless applications the most up to date modern technology information, featuring brand-new product releases, revenues figures and technician market performance details. Read short articles on new devices and prototypes for future technology. seo tools that you ought to and must not be doing on your Web pages to make them rate greater in online search engine. In a continuously changing Search Engine Optimization landscape, it is very important to remain updated with the altering practices and techniques of optimization. Here is a list of system WordPress Management Software from a main area. There are WordPress control panels, as well as multisite tools to handle domains, motifs, projects, and more. features one-click access, tracking, data backup, deployment, posting, and security functions. Evaluation which of your sites have themes and plugins that require focus. With one click, update all of your plugins, styles or center WordPress software application.

Yousei Teikoku releasing new album PAX VESANIA on March 27


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/yousei-teikoku-releasing-album-paxvesania-march-27/ By SunSoftware on March 14th, 2013

Anime fans may be familiar with Yousei Teikokus Kuusou Mesorogiwi, the opening theme of Mirai Nikki. Now, newcomers and longtime fans alike will be able to witness the Fairy Empires newest musical production on 27 March. For years, Yousei Teikoku has been attracting fans with their combination of heavy metal, orchestral strings, and opera vocals. Their newest album, PAX VESANIA, will inlude songs from Mirai Nikkis opening single and second inspired album, as well as songs created with their two newest members, lead guitarist Shiren and drummer Gight.

Space Showers Music Video Awards Winners 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/space-showers-music-video-awardswinners-2013/ By bj0rN on March 14th, 2013

The tracklist for PAX VESANIA is as follows: 1. /Yo (instrumental) 2. Astral Dogma
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BEST YOUR CHOICE

The recent Space Showers Music Video Awards 2013 has concluded, and here are the results: BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR 2013

ONE OK ROCK The Beginning Winning this award was unexpected for us, and we are very happy with this win. We are especially honoured to receive this award, with music videos becoming more indispensable as we consciously strive to create better music. I feel that this video is able to relate to people in this current generation, expressing their hopes, dreams and aspirations, and I feel that it was a good collaboration (the song is also Live Action Rurouni Kenshins movie theme song) member Taka Without a doubt, ONE OK ROCK has been a mainstay in Japanese rock music, especially among emerging bands. Granted that the band isnt exactly new, but when strong individuals in the music industry form together to create a powerful band, ONE OK ROCK is exactly such a band. Having performed in Singapore at their sold-out concert in *SCAPE Warehouse last June, this particular song, The Beginning has left an even larger impact with movie goers who caught the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie locally in Singapore a couple of months ago.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Tsukematsukeru I am really thankful for receiving Best Video of the Year award for Tsukematsukeru PV. It is a PV that I spent time with Director Nakamura discussing on a suitable style, and seeing overseas cosplays of the characters inside the Tsukematsukeru PV, including the lion; it is probably the reason why I too personally think that Tsukematsukeru is the definitive Kyary Pamyu Pamyu work through this music video. It is commendable for Kyary to have noticed the cosplays of Tsukematsukeru overseas, as not many Japanese artistes are aware of their overseas fans, especially when they have yet to perform at an overseas tour. Of course, Kyary and her management has already made arrangements for that, especially since Kyary has arrived at Taipei today for tomorrows live concert. This award further cements her place as a rising artiste within the Japanese music industry not just within Japan, but globally as well. BEST ARTIST

Sakanaction We are thankful to be presented with this award despite coming from a rural area. It has been an honour to receive awards (from Space Shower Music Video Awards) 3 years in a row. We will try to work even harder, so as not to shame the Best Artiste Award title - member Ichiro Yamaguchi Sakanactions popularity is definitely rising among Indie band lovers, but has become more mainstream ever since clinching places in Oricons top 10 CD sales charts. The electropop/rock band has also performed in overseas in Taiwan before, and will be performing another local tour soon starting from 30 March this year. More winners include Hidenobu Tanabe for garnering the Best Director Award. Tanabe has made music videos for several well known artistes such as Hirai Ken and Rip Slyme, as well as many others. The talented 32-year-old certainly deserves this award with his unique style in PV directing. Special Mention Awards goes to Momoiro Clover Z for their PV Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo and androp with their World.Words.Lights. PV. From MVA

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Perfume will hold be holding their next live tour titled Zutto Sukidattanjake~ Sasurai no Men Kata Perfume FES!! alongside with three other artistes. This will the first time they will be trying to do a show-down style with the other artistes. The three guest artistes are Saito Kazuyoshi, Okuda Tamio, and MAXIMUM THE HORMONE. The live tour will be held at Zepp music halls in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka with a total of six performances. Perfume has also commented on the reasons why they chose these artists to perform alongside with them. MAXIMUM THE HORMONE-san, who we have determined since ago that if we ever hold a live with other artist, it would be them! Our senior from the same hometown, Okuda Tamio-san who has performed our Laser beam at Itsukushima Shirine, and Saito Kazuyoshi-san who we have loved one-sidedly for a long time. Since we received this opportunity, we are planning to do some kind of collaboration with them!! Just to note that the three guest will each appear at one special location of theirs as listed below:

Perfume to hold a live tour with Saito Kazuyoshi, Okuda Tamio, and MAXIMUM THE HORMONE
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/perfume-hold-live-tour-saitokazuyoshi-okuda-tamio-maximum-hormone/ By bj0rN on March 14th, 2013

Perfume / Saito Kazuyoshi May 29, 2013 (Wed) Zepp DiverCity TOKYO May 30, 2013 (Thu) Zepp DiverCity TOKYO

Perfume / Okuda Tamio June 4, 2013 (Tue) Zepp Nagoya June 4, 2013 (Tue) Zepp Nagoya

Perfume / MAXIMUM THE HORMONE June 17, 2013 (Mon) Zepp Namba June 17, 2013 (Mon) Zepp Namba

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture


A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture monsters for the Kamen Rider franchise as well as the demon king Asmodeus from the trailer.

Latest Shin Megami Tensei IV trailer gives details on story and gameplay
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/latest-shin-megami-tensei-iv-trailerdetails-story-gameplay/ By SunSoftware on March 20th, 2013

Those of you who are eager to do some demon-hunting just have to wait until May 23. Source: Dengeki, Shin Megami Tensei IV website

Bandai presents Gunpla exhibition at West Mall Atrium


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/bandai-presents-gunpla-exhibitionwest-mall-atrium/ By sentinel011 on March 20th, 2013

For many years, the Shin Megami Tensei RPG series has been overshadowed by its own spin-off, the Persona series. Now, the main line MegaTen is coming back with a vengeance, as you can see from the newest trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV. The upcoming 3DS title includes many features from the past games, such as fighting demons, recruiting them to fight for you, and combining them to form stronger demons. Of course, theres also a brand new story set in a country resembling feudal Japan, where teens on the verge of adulthood are given the title of samurai, a magic gauntlet, and the responsibility of protecting the country from demons. Its not the traditional samurai fare, but its intense nonetheless, expanding from the country of Mikado to a monster-ridden version of modern Tokyo. Take a look for yourself with the five-minute trailer below. The striking character designs are done by Masayuki Doi, and the monster designs by Kazuma Kaneko, both of whom have worked on the past MegaTen and Persona games. Plus, renowned outside artists have contributed their own monster designs, like Yasushi Nirasawa, who designed
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If you are in the area of West Mall, you might want to give the heartlands shopping centre a visit. Bandai, together with its local distributor Sheng Tai Toys is currently having an exhibition there, with various activities and special preorders available only within the 1 week window. Since 18 March, the exhibition at West Mall has displayed several recently released kits from the Master Grade and High Grade line, such as the Sinanju Stein. Spotted were some upcoming kits like the HGUC Ez-8 and Shin Matsunaga Zaku II, not to mention the Real Grade Destiny Gundam. To make it even more tempting to stock up on gunpla, limited edition kits Gundam AGEs HG Spallow or AGE-2 AG Double Bullet will be given with every S$100 purchase. Special programs include a Gundam Unicorn cosplay appearance as well as an affordable workshop that costs S$5, which includes a S$5 discount for your next kit purchase. Here are some images of the kits currently on display at the event:

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Heart announced two brand new games, previewed another new game, and shared information on the upcoming anime and manga. The Three Brand New Games The first new game announced is Hyper Faith Noire Wild God Black Heart, which, as the title implies, features Noire as the protagonist. There were rumors that the PlayStationbased goddess would get her own game ever since she won a popularity contest in 2011, but fans were still shocked and ecstatic when the game was revealed. No details were revealed other than that it will be released for the PS Vita this year.

The Gundam fair will be at the West Mall B1 Atrium from now till 24 March 2013. West Mall is located next to Bukit Batok MRT station.

Hyperdimension Neptunia news on three new games, anime, manga, and ACE goods
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/hyperdimension-neptunia-newsgames-anime-manga-ace-goods/ By SunSoftware on March 19th, 2013

The second newly announced game was actually revealed at the very end of the presentation, when the words 2013, Neptunia, restart appeared on-screen, followed by a logo for Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1. There was also the PS Vita logo, but we know nothing else about this teased game.

The two game announcements were exciting, but we cant forget about the game that was teased just one week ago. That game, of course, is Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP. This is an idol raising game in which the cute goddesses of Gamindustri sing and dance their way to fame. Its a drastic shift for both the RPG series and the characters (well, maybe not the characters). On the road to becoming top idols, the player will help the goddesses raise skills through practice sessions, as well as arrange performances, deciding elements like stage effects and costumes.

The Neptunia series was a hot topic at Dengekis Thanksgiving Festival on Sunday, since members of Compile
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Not only that, but Compile Heart is collaborating with Tamsoft, who helped create the PS3 dating sim Touch Shiyo! Love Application. With Tamsoft responsible for the 3D modeling, the goddesses will look better than ever before.

In addition to the anime, there will also be a manga adaptation titled Hyperdimension Neptunia: Hallo New World, drawn by Mikage Baku and serialized in Dengeki Maoh. You can see a sample picture by the artist below.

Idol Neptunia PP will be released on June 20, while the other two games will probably come later. There is a total of three Neptunia games coming to the PS Vita this year, but the craze doesnt stop there. The Anime and Manga By now, you may already know of the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime airing this summer. We now know that the opening theme will be performed by nao, and the ending theme by the idol group Afilia Saga, both of whom also performed the opening and ending themes of the game Hyperdimension Neptunia V. Attendants at Dengekis Thanksgiving Festival also saw a short trailer, although it was mute (the event coordinators sure know how to tease).

The ACE Products Theres a whole lot of Neptunia goodness coming this year, but we still have to wait until June before the first game, Idol Neptunia PP comes out. In case you cant wait that long to sate your apetite, there will be these Hyperdimension Neptunia products available at Anime Contents Expo on March 30 and 31. If youre going there, be sure to check these out. If youre not going, be sure to check the online auction site of your choice. T-Shirt (Mens L size) for 3,150 yen:

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If you enjoy the likes of TV anime Toradora, then youll surely love the upcoming anime Golden Time. During the Dengeki Thanksgiving Festival 2013 this past Sunday, it was announced that the latest light novel series by Yuyuko Takemiya is getting an anime, slated to premiere this year.

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There has been a huge rush of Hyperdimension Neptunia news, but theres still a ton of details to come. If youre a Neptunia fan, this is guaranteed to be an awesome, albeit expensive, year. Source: Dengeki

Golden Time centers on a college student by the name of Banri Tada. He lost all of his memories before his high school graduation due to an accident where he fell off a bridge. During the accident, the Spirit of Banri Tada comes into existence. It carries all of Banris memories before his graduation. The light novel series was first launched in 2010. It was serialized in Dengeki Bunko Magazine. Its manga adaptation, on the other hand, was serialized in Dengeki Daioh in 2011. Light novel illustrations are by Komatsu Eeji (Key animator for High School of the Dead), while the manga is being drawn by Umechazuke. Sources: Mantan Web and Wikipedia

Toradora creators light novel Golden Time gets anime adaptation


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New trailer for Ginga Kikoutai: Majestic Prince features opening song
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Onegai Series 10th anniversary site to announce something big on March 28


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/onegai-series-10th-anniversary-siteannounce-big-march-28/ By ellehaym on March 19th, 2013

With the mecha anime Ginga Kikoutai: Majestic Prince coming early next month, the studio Dogakobo has aired a new trailer with sample high-speed action scenes and an excerpt of the opening song. Majestic Prince is based on the manga of the same name by Rando Ayamine (GetBackers). The story is centered around genetically engineered teens called Princes, who are trained to pilot giant robots to defend humans from hostile aliens. The protagonist is one such Prince named Izuru who is assigned to Team Rabbit, a group of underdogs also known as the Disappointing Five. Take a look at Team Rabbits struggles, accompanied by Natsumi Kons performance of Watashi wa Souzou Suru. As you can tell from the ad at the end of the trailer, the opening single will be released on April 17, along with ending single, Sayonaratteiu, performed by Chiaki Ishikawa. The first of the Onegai series may have launched more than a decade ago but the franchise still has something to offer this 2013. A countdown has officially started for an important announcement in the Onegai series 10th anniversary website. So whats the announcement about? Right now, the website isnt revealing anything at all. The only clue that we have is that the big announcement will be disclosed on March 28.

Ginga Kikoutai: Majestic Prince will begin airing on April 4, but those lucky enough to live in Japan will be able to attend an early screening on March 29 at the Odaiba Cinema Mediage in Tokyos Minato ward, where visitors can watch the first three episodes on the big screen and attend a talk show with the cast of the anime. Source: Majestic Prince anime website, Dengeki

Heres a refresher of what both series are about (especially if youre like me who tends to forget the story of an anime series watched ages ago): Onegai Teacher centers on a group of friends in high school. After a new teacher arrives at their school, strange things start to happen. The main protagonist is a young man named Kei Kusanagi, who is stricken by a rare disease, which causes him to go into a coma every time he experiences severe emotional distress. On the other hand, Onegai Twins revolves around Maiku Kamishiro, Karen Onodera, and Miina Miyafuji. The three
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high school students were drawn to each other by a photograph of their childhood home. However, only a boy and a girl can be seen in this photowhich means that only one of the girls is related to Maiku. Onegai Teacher originally premiered in 2002, while Onegai Twins started airing in 2003. Will there be a new anime series? Perhaps a light novel or a game? Well find out on the 28th. Source: 10

This illustration alone may not convince you, but theres more. On February 18, there was a presentation centered around the PS Vita on Sony Computer Entertainments website. At the end of the presentation, Sony featured gameplay footage of several different games, followed by a sudden, brief cameo by Monokuma in the bottom right corner of the screen.

New Danganronpa illustration hints at Vita game


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/danganronpa-illustration-hints-vitagame/ By SunSoftware on March 18th, 2013

It certainly seems like the developer Spike Chunsoft is teasing a Danganronpa game for the Vita. Although this hasnt been confirmed, you can still look forward to the Danganronpa anime coming this summer. Source: Twitter, Moe Otanews

OreImo HD coming to the PS3


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/oreimo-coming-ps3/ By SunSoftware on March 17th, 2013

A lot of big name games took the stage at Dengekis Thanksgiving Festival on Sunday, but apparently, one title had quietly sneaked in a teaser that remained unnoticed until it was revealed on Twitter. In case you dont recognize the characters in the above illustration, they are from Super Danganronpa 2, the PSP murder mystery game that was released last year and received a Silver Rank in the Dengeki PlayStation Awards. If you look closely, youll see that theyre all holding a PS Vita (except Monomi, whos tied up). This illustration went unnoticed on the Internet until someone shared it on Twitter. At first, we werent even sure where it was from, but according to an anonymous commentator on Moe Otanews, the picture is from the Dengeki PlayStation Award Memorial Visual Book handed out at Dengekis Thanksgiving Festival.

OreImo has been quite popular in Japan, expanding from a light novel series to an anime and two PSP games. Now, with the second season of the anime just around the corner, a PS3 game has landed out of nowhere. The game, titled Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai: Happy End (spelled Happy enD so in a way this is being treated as a OreImo HD on the PS3) was announced today at Dengekis Thanksgiving Festival. No information has been revealed yet other than that Bandai Namco is developing it for the PS3. However, Bandai Namco has opened the games official website and aired a teaser video that you can see below.

Could the appearance of this illustration mean that a new Danganronpa game for the Vita is in the works?

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In addition to the game announcement, the animes official website has revealed a new promotional video for the second season starting on April 6. Take a look at all of the characters from the animated comedy. Source: Dengeki

Create manga scenes using your food and these One Piece-themed plates
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/create-manga-scenes-food-piecethemed-plates/ By ellehaym on March 16th, 2013

Both items are priced at 1,600 JPY (20.92 SGD) and will ship in late April. Reservations for these One Piece-themed plates have already commenced. Japan truly has extraordinary ideas when it comes to creating mangayou dont even have to draw them yourself! Recently, a special website inspired by Perfumes mangathemed music video, Mirai no Museum, was launched. This website gives you the chance to recreate a scene from the MV using your own script. Mekke! via Japan Otaku Channel

Cant draw your own manga? No worries! Shueishas online store Mekke! has found a way on how to easily create a simple manga. All you need to do is creatively position your food on their One Piece-themed dining plates. These plates come in two designs. Both dishes have the sound effect Don (), which Eiichiro Oda frequently uses in the One Piece manga. One design makes you place your viand at the center of the plate to make it look like the characters are going wow over it. The other design is more amazing. You need to cut your food item into two pieces and put them separately on the plate. That way, it would seem like Zoro was the one who cut the food into half.

Latest Tiger & Bunny: The Rising trailer witness the legend of Sternbild City
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/latest-tiger-bunny-rising-trailerwitness-legend-sternbild-city/ By ellehaym on March 16th, 2013

In the previous trailer for Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, we saw a scene of what appears to be the final days of Sternbild City. Now that the second trailer has been streamed, viewers are
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presented with the legend of Sternbild City fully narrated in English. Watch the latest trailer below: With the destruction of Sternbild City shown in the first trailer plus the goddess who decides to return everything to nothingness mentioned in this video, the fans of the sponsored superheroes will surely wonder about whats going to happen in the movies main setting as well as what will become of the Kotetsu-Barnaby duo. Tiger & Bunny: The Rising will offer a brand new story which will serve as the sequel to the anime series. Unfortunately, the latest video still does not reveal when exactly this anime film is coming out. Just like the first trailer, it only mentions autumn 2013. Are you excited for the second movie? via Crunchyroll

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture You can check out the preview of the song at the official Namie Amuro Soundcloud page. Source: visionfactory.jp

JPop Digest mihimaru GT, Ikimonogakari & more


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/jpop-news/ By bj0rN on March 26th, 2013

Mika Nakashima new single Aikotoba 22 May release Mika Nakashima will be releasing of her new single, Aikotoba, on 22 May . It is scheduled to be the ending theme of anime series Space Battleship Yamato 2199. The anime series is slated to air on 7 April this year. The single comes in to separate editions. The regular edition features only the singles tracks, while the limited edition comes with DVD bundle of the songs PV. Source: jame-world.com

Several veteran artistes and groups have released news of their CD album and single dates and titles, as well as hiatus plans during the past week. Preview Namie Amuros New Track Can You Feel This Love For Mezamashi T.V. A preview of Namie Amuros new track Can You Feel This Love has been released her official Facebook page. The song will be used as Mezamashi T.V.s upcoming theme song starting on 1 April. No official news has been made for the songs single release date and pricing. The collaboration was due to the veteran JPop artiste and the television program celebrating their 20th Anniversaries. Ikimonogakari new single 1 2 3 ~Koi ga Hajimaru 5 June release Ikimonogakari have announced that they will be releasing their new single, 1 2 3 ~Koi ga Hajimaru, on 5 June. 1 2 3 ~Koi ga Hajimaru is also used as the theme song for Calpis Waters latest commercial featuring actress Rena Nounen, who has acted in several popular drama series and movies.
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Earlier today, SOZO has released information on ticket purchase for Kyarys Singapore concert. With the success of her overseas lives from France, Belgium, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Kyary continues to wow audiences with her eclectic outfits and quirky dance routines. Ticketing will commence this 11AM on Friday, 29 March at Takashimayas Kinokuniya, located within Ngee Ann City. Up to four tickets per transaction, and it goes to say that given by the response of KPPs fans, one would expect the tickets to sell out, similar to Perfumes ticketing response last November. And here are the details obtained from the concerts facebook page: Physical Sales at Kinokuniya Takashimaya 29.03.2013 (FRI) to 31.03.13 (SUN), 11am to 8pm *PRIORITY QUEUE NUMBER ALLOCATION* Limited to four tickets per transaction Cash terms only Physical Sales at SOZO Office 01.04.13 (MON), 12pm onwards Last day of sales 09.05.13 (THU) Mondays to Fridays (ex. Public holidays), 12pm to 6pm Located at 4 Leng Kee Road #05-11A, Sis Building, S159088 Limited to four tickets per transaction Cash terms only Online sales at SOZO website 01.04.13 (MON), 11am onwards Site address: http://sozo.sg/kpp/ Most major credit cards and Paypal accepted Limited to four tickets per transaction Collection at either SOZO Pte Ltd before concert or venue on day of concert Ticket prices are as followsVIP: $138 (exclude $3 transaction fee for online purchases) Premium Viewing area High Touch session Exclusive Poster Stand a chance to win autographed poster by KPP (50 winners lucky draw) GA: $88 (exclude $3 transaction fee for online purchases) KPP Poster Entry into 100%KPP World Tour 2013 in Singapore will be based on the serial number printed on the ticket, starting from 0001. The earlier your purchase, the smaller your number, the earlier you will enter the venue.
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Mihimaru GT announces indefinite hiatus due to solo career focus mihimaru GT announced has that the duo will be going an indefinite hiatus to focus on their solo career. Their final activity as an unit will be their 10th anniversary live on 16 and 22 September . mihimaru GT has just released their all-time best-of album, 10th Anniversary BEST 2003-2013 on 20 March. Source: natalie

SOZO releases Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Singapore Live ticketing details


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/sozo-releases-kyary-pamyu-pamyusingapore-live-ticketing-details/ By sentinel011 on March 26th, 2013

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Entrance will be divided into groups of 50 ticket holders. Gathering points for the groups will be set up at 5pm The first group will be led to the venue at 6pm. Should you miss your entry group, you will enter with the following group. VIP ticket holders will be led into the venue first, followed by GA ticket holders.

Scandal Live in Singapore 2013: The Full Interview


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/scandal-live-singapore-2013-fullinterview/ By KarbyP on March 25th, 2013

From street performances with a crowd of maybe two people back in 2006, all the way till rocking out to an audience of 10,000 members at Osaka-jou Hall (a dream of theirs) earlier this month, Japanese pop rock girls band Scandal has really come a long way. But now that their dream has been granted, whats next on the radar? All that and more in SGCafes full transcript of a group media session we attended when the group was in town for a twoday performance. Watch this space full transcript coming soon. In the meantime, check out our photos of the band from the group interview session.

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Producer of The Idolm@ster thinking about Idolm@ster 3


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/producer-idolmster-thinkingidolmster-3/ By SunSoftware on March 25th, 2013

The Idolm@ster franchise has become a multimedia sensation since the first idol-raising game was released in Japanese arcades. With the huge amount of success it has built, its only natural to make another sequel, right? In an interview with Mantan-Web, Yozo Sakagami, the creator and producer of The Idolm@ster, discussed the popularity of the franchise. At the very end of the interview, Sakagami stated, Of course, I am thinking about [The Idolm@ster] 3. This isnt an official announcement, but its always good to hear a producer of a popular video game franchise is considering a sequel.

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In the time since The Idolm@ster 2 was released for the Xbox 360 and PS3, the franchise has received the anime produced by A-1 Pictures, the short series Puchimasu!, the spin-off Shiny Festa, and the social games Cinderella Girls and Million Live. Of course, there are also several manga series, countless CDs and live performances, and the recently announced movie. When asked about the reason of the franchises popularity, Sakagami commented, Everyday, people are under a lot of stress, so when they see a hardworking girl, they cant help but cheer her on. I think working with all your strength with the characters and music is its strong point. Even the people who watch the anime or online videos without playing the games are important fans. Although he didnt give any future plans, when he was asked, What would you do if Im@s was invited to perform on NHKs Kohaku? (the largest annual music show in Japan) Sakagami promptly replied, I want to go! Well have to wait to hear any hard information on The Idolm@ster 3, or whether the Idolm@ster stars will really be on Kohaku. In the meantime, you can enjoy the many games, anime, manga, and CDs that already exist. Source: Mantan Source: Hachima Kiko

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Trailer Released


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/final-fantasy-xx-2-hd-remastertrailer-released/ By bj0rN on March 25th, 2013

Namie Amuro records video message to Singapore fans for upcoming concert
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/namie-amuro-records-videomessage-singapore-fans-upcoming-concert/ By sentinel011 on March 25th, 2013

Square Enix has released the first official trailer for Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster. The HD remastered versions of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 will be making their way to the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita in the United States and Europe some time this year, and will be bundled together as a set as a Final Fantasy X\X-2 Remaster for the PS3. Unfortunately, the two games will be sold seperately for the Playstation Vita. Here is a comparison screenshot between the PS2 version and the upcoming HD Remastered version:

Regional events company Midas Promotions released a short and simple video message of Namie Amuro, who will be performing in Singapore next month in April. The 35-year-old star, looking no different from the height of her popularity 10 years ago, records a simple message for her fans in Singapore. Hello Singapore, this is Namie Amuro. I will be having a concert in Singapore next year (2013) in April. I glad to be able to meet everyone, so please have fun at the concert! The video message was probably recorded last year, as she mentioned in the video April next year. Nevertheless, fans of Japanese pop will be happy to have Namie Amuro grace our sunny shores. Ticketing information can be found here, with prices ranging from the best seats of S$288 to S$128 via Sistic.

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Source: Midas Promotions Facebook

Anime Fate/kaleid liner PrismaIllya confirmed summer 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/anime-fatekaleid-liner-prisma %E2%98%86illya-airing-summer/ By SunSoftware on March 24th, 2013

The cast from the original work is also returning with some new actors to perform in the spin-off: Mai Kadowaki as Illya Kaori Nazuka as Miyu Kana Ueda as Rin Shizuka Itou as Luvia Naoko Takano as Ruby Miyu Matsuki as Sapphire If youre a fan of both Fate/stay night and magical girls, you should keep your eyes on this upcoming spin-off. It has been announced that the anime adaptation of Fate/ kaleid liner Prisma Illya will air in Japan this summer. The anime stars the small aristocrat Illyasviel von Einzbern (aka Illya) from the visual novel Fate/stay night. The story is set in an alternate universe in which Illya is an average middle school girl who receives magic powers from a Kaleidostick named Magical Ruby. With the power to transform into a magical girl, Illya must fight enemies and collect seven Class Cards. Its a quirky twist on the serious anime, but it will feel familiar to fans of the original work, as it features many of the same characters. The anime adaptation of Prisma Illya was first revealed at last years Type-Moon Fes. 10th Anniversary Event and is being animated by the studio Silver Link (Baka to Test to Shokanjuu, Kokoro Connect). While youre waiting for the anime to come this summer, you can check out the manga version of Prisma Illya, which was created by Hiroshi Hiroyama and has two sequels. Source: Yaraon

See the various exhibitions at the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2013
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/exhibitions-tokyo-internationalanime-fair-2013/ By ellehaym on March 23rd, 2013

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How I wish I could fly to Japan this instant for the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2013, but enough about wishful thinking. Luckily, the folks who attended the event have some pictures to share for us international anime fans. This convention started last Thursday and officially opened its doors to the public today. If youre presently in Tokyo, you still have a chance to see the different exhibition booths tomorrow. Without further ado, here are some pictures of the exhibitions: Good Smile Company Booth

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Code Geass Booth

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mecha designer, Akemi Takada as the character designer and Masami Yuki as the manga artist.

Sources: Japan Otaku Channel, Code Geass GAIDEN: Boukoku no Akito Facebook Fan Page, Crunchyroll

Hikaru Utada is back with a radio program


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/hikaru-utada-radio-program/ By ellehaym on March 22nd, 2013

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Tiger & Bunny Hikaru Utada is back! However, we wont be seeing her with a new song or an album. Starting this April, shell be hosting a radio program called KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru on InterFM. The hour-long radio programs first episode is scheduled on April 16. Hikki herself revealed the news with a tweet posted early this morning:

Aside from these exhibitions, it was revealed that Mobile Police Patlabor is getting a live action adaptation, slated for release in 2014. A new website dedicated to this project has been opened. The group Headgear is behind the mecha anime and manga franchise, with Mamoru Oshii as the director, Kazunori Ito as the writer, Yutaka Izubuchi as the
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The first project is Sadon-Desu, an anime adaptation of the four-panel manga drawn by Kyo Hatsuki. The manga, which has been serialized in Kodanshas Young Magazine since last November, is centered around a high school girl named Koume who enters a tea ceremony club. The name Sadon-Desu is pronounced the same way as sudden death in Japanese, although that has no obvious relationship with tea ceremonies. The anime hasnt been green-lit, but if the manga becomes popular enough, it will happen eventually.

This is sudden, but I will start my radio show starting in April. Itll be the first time in 13 years for me to have a regular program. I wonder if I would do fine Unfortunately, the show wont be available to international fans via internet radio streaming (I was hoping I could use TuneIn for this one). But if you do visit Tokyo, you can listen to KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru every third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 PM. Hikki went on hiatus after her concert last December 2010. While she did release Sakura Nagashi (Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redos theme song) last November, the singer has not revealed plans of officially returning to the J-pop music scene. Source: tokyohive

Gainax reveals two potential anime: Sadon-Desu and There is a Reason Why We Yawn
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/gainax-reveals-potential-animesadon-desu-reason-yawn/ By SunSoftware on March 22nd, 2013

The second project is an original anime called Akubi wo Suru ni wa Wake ga Aru (There is a Reason Why We Yawn). The story is set in Japan in the year 2093, after the most respected town in the world has sunk thirty meters below the surface of the ocean. A young girl goes free diving to explore the sunken town, where she undergoes an emotional change.

Gainax, the studio responsible for hits like Neon Genesis Evangelion, made an appearance at the Tokyo International Anime Fair, where they revealed Sadon-Desu and Akubi wo Suru ni Wake ga Aru, two anime projects that arent in production yet.
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Although Gainax hasnt even started producing the anime yet, they have been developing the concept and gathering funds for six years. Hopefully, the publicity theyve built by revealing this project will help, and the years theyve spent wont go to waste. Source: Mantan

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Animelo Summer Live 2013 date and first lineup revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/animelo-summer-2013-date-line-uprevealed/ By SunSoftware on March 29th, 2013

August 23: Summer wont be coming for a while, but its not too soon to give away information on this years Animelo Summer Live, Japans largest annual concert centered around anime songs. Like every year, AniSummer will host some of the hottest singers in the anime world. For the first time since its conception in 2005, AniSummer will last three days instead of two. This year, it will take place on August 23, 24, and 25 in Saitama Super Arena. The theme this year is Flag Nine, and the theme song is titled Galaxy Express 999. In addition, some of the upcoming artists have been revealed. How many do you recognize? ALI PROJECT (Another OP) ZAQ (Chuunibyou OP) Minori Chihara (OniAi OP) ChouCho (Girls und Panzer OP) nano.RIPE (Bakuman 3 OP) Mayn (Accel World OP) August 24: angela (K OP) Sumire Uesaka (Chuunibyou ED) Minami Kuribayashi (Muv-luv Alternative: Total Eclipse OP/ED) GRANRODEO (Kuroko no Basket OP) T-Pistonz+KMC (Inazuma Eleven Go OP) August 25: Maon Kurosaki (Jormungand: Perfect Order OP) Yukari Tamura (OreShura OP/ED)
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Hiroaki TOMMY Tominaga (Jojos Bizarre Adventure OP) Nana Mizuki (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd As theme song) Mamoru Miyano (Uta no Prince-sama OP/ED) This isnt the full list, so youll have to check later to see who else will join the show. Even so, the lineup is already packed with stars, and with the event lasting three days, it may be the biggest AniSummer yet.

New Monogatari Novel Scheduled For Release


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/monogatari-scheduled-release/ By bj0rN on March 28th, 2013

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Nisio Isin (writer of Bakemonogatari, Katanagatari, Medaka Box) will be releasing a new series Koyomimonogatari this coming May. This is a new volume insertion in the Monogatari series and would be inserted before the planned Owarimonogatari. The book will feature 12 prose stories of Koyomi Arragis final year of high school. The Monogatari series is a collection of Japanese light novels written by Nisio Isin, along with illustrations by Vofan. The novels share the common suffix -monogatari. The story centers around a third-year high school student, Koyomi Araragi, who survived a vampire attack before the beginning of the story. Koyomi finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions, gods, ghosts, mythological beasts, and spirits in the series. Nisio Isins Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari and Katanagatari novels have been adapted into anime. The Bakemonogatari prequel (Kizumonogatari) is also to be adapted.
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When the PS4 boots up, it opens to a digest screen where you can see information like what your friends are playing, or what DLC has just been released. You will have the option to use your friends real names instead of their PSN IDs. You will also see your real name in certain games say, for example, you might see your friends name on a billboard in Grand Theft Auto. In addition, Sony will increase the number of friends you can have, in case the 100-friend limit isnt enough. As Sony showed last month, the new Share button lets players upload videos of their game while theyre playing. By pressing the Share button, you can open a video clip editor with the last few minutes of gameplay, and you can pick which section to upload. You can also take a screenshot by holding down the Share button, and you can leave comments on other peoples videos like on YouTube. DualShock 4

PlayStation 4 social features, DualShock 4, and Eye


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/03/ps4-network-features-dualshock-4eye/ By SunSoftware on March 28th, 2013

The biggest new addition to the DualShock controller is the touchpad, which can detect two fingers at once, clicks when it is pressed, and has a 1920900 resolution. There is also a light bar that changes color when playing local multiplayer blue for player 1, red for player 2, green for player 3, and pink for player 4, similar to the PlayStation Move controller. The face buttons and L1/R1 buttons will be digital instead of analog and pressure-sensitive like the previous DualShock controllers, which will improve response time. The controller has a built-in speaker, but players can also plug in a headset. Lastly, the controller can be charged while connected to the PS4, if the console is on standby. PS4 Eye

It has been one month since Sony revealed the PlayStation 4, and everyone is hungry for more info. Today, Sony has given an in-depth, technical preview of the next generation of gaming. These details were given at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, courtesy of SCE Americas Senior Staff Engineer Chris Norden. Social Features

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The PS4 Eye has two cameras that are capable of 1280800 resolution, compared to the PS3 Eyes and Kinects 640400 resolution. You can choose to decrease the resolution in order to increase the response rate. The Eye also has a wider field of view and a four-microphine setup that allows directional listening. Other Info At GDC, Norden also gave details on the PS4s hardware specs and developer tools. They sound a bit too complex for those of us who arent tech savvy, but in short, the PS4 is more powerful than any game console currently on the market, it will be energy efficient, and developers will have an easier time making games for the system compared to the PS3. Finally, Sony also announced a PlayStation App for Apple and Android smartphones. The app will let you browse and buy games on the PlayStation Store even when you leave your house. With all that said, theres still a lot we dont know about the PS4, such as what the console looks like, how much it will cost, and when it will be released. It will probably be a while until we get a chance to play it ourselves, but it seems like Sonys next-generation console will be a powerhouse. Source: Polygon, Ars Technica Acquire the most preferred wordpress plugin menu offered today, you'll find both free and superior plugins here. We have actually inspected the entire internet, evaluated hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and selected the most effective. Locate new products the most recent modern technology updates, including brand-new product releases, revenues figures and technician market efficiency info. Check out guides on new gadgets and prototypes for future innovation. free seo tips that you need to and need to not be doing on your Web pages to make them rate higher in online search engine. In a frequently changing Search Engine Optimization garden, it is important to remain updated about the changing practices and approaches of optimization. The most effective site for best vpn review, news and tips. It supplies you services, features and choices that no various other website will certainly supply you. Do keep in mind to visit our site every once in a while due to the fact that we will be continuously upgraded and show you the remarkable VPN offers that you could be interested in. Which VPN company supplies the best Premium VPN accounts in the market? The only individual Ideal VPN Reviews website tests and reviews all premium VPN solutions.

Did you get extremely excited for the Persona 3 movie upon seeing its first teaser (even if its just a 15-second video where the main character uses his evoker)? If youve been anticipating the solid details of the upcoming movie, heres the good news: Persona 3 the movie is now titled and has revealed its details on the cast, staff and release schedule. The first film is titled Persona 3 The Movie #1 Spring of Birth. Aside from the details, a PV has been shown: The original cast from the game will be returning for the movie. Cast: Akira Ishida as Makoto Yuki (the main protagonist) Megumi Toyoguchi as Yukari Takeba Kousuke Toriumi as Junpei Iori Rie Tanaka as Mitsuru Kirijo Hikaru Midorikawa as Akihiko Sanada Mamiko Noto as Fuka Yamagishi Isamu Tanonaka as Igor Miyuki Sawashiro as Elisabeth Staff: Directed by Noriaki Akitaya (Bakuman) Supervised by Seiji Kishi (Devil Survivor 2 The Animation) Script written by Jun Kumagai (script writer for some Persona 4 episodes) Music composition by Shoji Meguro Animation Production: AIC A.S.T.A.

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Konami announces Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain at GDC 2013
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In the Persona 3 game, the story opens with a young teenage boy who transfers to Gekkoukan High School. Soon, he gets attacked by dark creatures known as shadows and learns that he has a special ability to defeat these creatures that feed on the minds of humans during the Dark Hour. He joins a special group in school called the Special Extracurricular Execute Sector (SEES) in order to stop the menace of the shadows. Persona 3 The Movie #1 Spring of Birth premieres this fall in Japan. via Crunchyroll Receive the most popular wordpress plugin ecommerce offered today, you'll locate both free and exceptional plugins right here. We have actually inspected the whole web, assessed hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and chosen the most effective. Locate technology news the most up to date innovation updates, including new product launches, sales figures and technician sector performance info. Read short articles on new devices and prototypes for future modern technology. seo tools you must and must not be doing on your Websites to make them place greater in online search engine. In a regularly changing SEO landscape, it is very important to continue to be up-to-date with the changing techniques and techniques of optimization. The best site for free vpn reviews, updates and pointers. It provides you solutions, features and choices that no other website will provide you. Do remember to visit our website from time to time due to the fact that we will certainly be continually upgraded and reveal you the remarkable VPN supplies that you might be thinking about. Which VPN supplier supplies the best Premium VPN accounts out there?

And so it seems that Kojima trolls us once again, with Metal Gear Solid 5. Announced just moments ago at Game Developers Conference 2013 at San Francisco, together with an official 6 minute trailer of the game. The trailer combines footage from Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and the misleading Phantom Pain game, that Kojima Productions cleverly chose to keep shush on all details pertaining to the footage. It was a clever step to hype up on the development of Metal Gear Solid 5, by producing not one but two different trailers throughout the past years. And a nice surprise it sure did. Kojima Productions also chose this time to hire more staff to work on their upcoming projects. With slots for both their Los Angeles and Japan studios open, one can apply for both in positions such as Character Artists, Programmers and Game Designers. However, such individuals must have more than 4 years of experience in this field. Source: Metal Gear Solid 5 Official Site Get the most popular wordpress plugin download available today, you'll locate both free and premium plugins right here. We have inspected the entire web, evaluated hundreds of advised Wordpress plugins and picked the most effective. Discover new products the most recent technology news, featuring brand-new product launches, revenues figures and technician sector efficiency details. Read short articles on brand-new gadgets and models for future innovation.

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Pre-orders will start in early April, and the computers will go on sale on April 20 for 99,750 yen. The hardware specs havent been revealed yet, but mouse computer plans to announce them and more details on April 5. There will be a limited supply of these cute laptops, so if youre planning to get one or are still on the fence, you should definitely check their official website then. Source: Famitsu Obtain the most well-liked best wordpress plugin offered today, you'll locate both free and superior plugins listed here. We have checked the whole web, evaluated hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and decided on the very best. Find technology innovation the current modern technology headlines, featuring new item releases, revenues figures and technician business efficiency info. Go through articles on brand-new gadgets and models for future modern technology. small business seo you need to and must not be doing on your Websites to make them place greater in online search engine. In a regularly changing Search Engine Optimization landscape, it is necessary to stay current with the altering methods and methods of optimization. The very best website for free vpn, news and ideas. It offers you solutions, attributes and options that no other website will certainly offer you. Do remember to visit our website every so often due to the fact that we will certainly be continuously updated and show you the incredible VPN supplies that you could be interested in. Which VPN carrier offers the best Premium VPN accounts out there? The only individual Finest VPN Reviews site examinations and reviews all superior VPN services.

Madoka Magica-themed Ultrabooks on sale next month


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Gameplay video of rain features invisible hero


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If youre a Madoka Magica fan who is lucky enough to live in Japan and are looking for a new laptop, these computers are made for you. The hit anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica is collaborating with the retailer mouse computer to produce Ultrabooks with original Madoka Magica designs. These laptops will come in three different designs. Youll be able to appreciate a beautiful illustration of Madoka, Homura, or a group picture of all the magical girls from the anime.
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At first glance, rain may look like a typical PS3 action game until you realize the characters are all invisible and the only thing you can see is the rain bouncing off of them. rain is being developed by the monster combination of Sonys Japan Studio (Gravity Daze), PlayStation C.A.M.P! (Tokyo Jungle), and Acquire (Akibas Trip). The story is centered around a boy who follows the silhouette of girl into a world that is visible only in the rain. He soon discovers that the girl is being hunted by monsters, and he sets out on his own adventure, which you can get a glimpse of from the video below. Not only is the story intriguing, but the HD graphics and ambient soundtrack create a mysteriously alluring atmosphere. rain is scheduled to be released sometime this year. The developers will give another preview at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week. Source: PlayStation Blog Get the most well-liked n SEO plugin wordpress offered today, you'll locate both free and exceptional plugins below. We have checked the whole internet, evaluated hundreds of advised Wordpress plugins and picked the very best. Find tech news the current technology information, including new item launches, sales figures and technician business efficiency information. Go through posts on brandnew gadgets and models for future technology. google seo that you must and ought to not be doing on your Websites to make them rate higher in online search engine. In a frequently altering Search Engine Optimization garden, it is very important to stay updated about the altering techniques and strategies of optimization. The very best site for hidemyass vpn, headlines and tips. It offers you solutions, features and alternatives that no various other website will certainly offer you. Do remember to see our site every so often because we will certainly be consistently upgraded and reveal you the remarkable VPN offers that you might be curious about. Which VPN carrier provides the most effective Premium VPN accounts on the market? The only independent Top VPN Reviews site tests and reviews all premium VPN solutions.

Hot after the heels of its short trailer, Electronic Arts released a 17 minute footage of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4 will once again visually wow gamers with its impeccable in-game graphics and solid gameplay. The 17 minute footage shows a segment of what it seems a portion of the single player campaign, titled Fishing in Baku. Battlefield 4 is confirmed for release on the PC, XBOX360 and PS3 in Fall 2013. Nothing has been confirmed if Battlefield 4 will release for next generation platforms such as XBOX720 and Playstation 4. The game is now available for pre-order. Acquire the most well-liked n SEO plugin wordpress offered today, you'll find both free and superior plugins listed here. We have inspected the entire web, reviewed hundreds of suggested Wordpress plugins and picked the very best. Get read tech reviews the current technology updates, including new item launches, sales figures and tech market efficiency details. Check out information on new gizmos and prototypes for future modern technology. seo marketing you must and ought to not be doing on your Web pages to make them place higher in online search engine. In a regularly altering Search Engine Optimization garden, it is very important to stay updated with the altering methods and techniques of optimization. The very best site for hidemyass vpn, news and suggestions. It offers you solutions, features and choices that no other site will provide you. Do bear in mind to see our website every once in a while due to the fact that we will certainly be continually upgraded and reveal you the fantastic VPN supplies that you may be interested in. Which VPN supplier supplies the most effective Premium VPN accounts available? The only individual Finest VPN Reviews website tests and reviews all superior VPN services.

Perfume announces new single Magic Of Love for Pure gummys new CM song
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Electronic Arts shows 17 minutes of Battlefield 4 footage


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Preview of Steve Jobs manga now online


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Perfume announced their new CM song for Pure gummy titled Magic of Love earlier today. The new single will be the second song Perfume has sung for Pure gummy. Their first song was Communication, and was the B-side song for last years Spring of Life single. No date release has been revealed for the single, but the CM will be performed come 1 April this year. Perfume also expressed interest in performing in the US and Europe for their next World Tour performance during a recent interview with the Japanese media Cinema Today. Their previous World Tour locations were South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, with the Singapore concert broadcast to over 60 cinemas in Japan and Taiwan. Their recent single Mirai no Museum gathered 2nd place within Oricons weekly charts, and announced a live tour starting May this year with Saito Kazuyoshi, Okuda Tamio and MAXIMUM THE HORMONE.

Steve Jobs was one of the worlds greatest innovators before his unfortunate death in 2011. Many people have already paid homage to the former CEO of Apple, but the mangaka Mari Yamazaki wants to join the party in her own way. Yamazaki is the creator of the manga Thermae Romae, which won the third Manga Taisho and was adapted into a live action movie. Her newest manga series is a biography of Steve Jobs, which started serialization in the latest issue of Kodanshas Kiss. Luckily for those who dont live in Japan, Kodansha has also posted a sixteen-page preview on Yahoo! Bookstore Japans website, so those of you who can read Japanese should check it out here. It may feel odd seeing Jobs talk in Japanese, but even so, Yamazakis story and art do the man justice. For those of you who cant read Japanese, the story is told from the perspective of Walter Isaacson, the author who has written biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs himself. When Jobs first asks Isaacson to write a biography of him, Isaacson assumes he is joking until he finds out that Jobs has cancer. As Isaacson begins to write Jobs biography, he states, in both the manga and his actual biography, Jobs was not a
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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture came up with the analogy for BBQ, (B) Bokura no, (B) Beat wo, (Q) Kurae Kora!. Regarding the event, Porno Graffittis Okano Akihito commented, With so many wonderful musicians, I wish to celebrate the 35 years with everyone. Shindo added, The forest in Tsumagoi is a great location to match music, so I want to enjoy it together with everybody! FLOW also commented, We feel that our stage performances will be a lot more exciting since we will be able to do it together with our seniors and juniors and were looking forward to it. Finally, the ladies of Perfume said, Its hosted every year by our most senior Porno Graffiti. Getting to BBQ with our seniors and friends of the same generation whom we love, our relationship will gradually get stronger. The event will be held on July 13th and 14th. Source: Oricon

Amuse announces their 35th Anniversary concert


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Capcom to Release Geist Crusher for Nintendo 3DS


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/capcom-release-geist-crushernintendo-3ds/ By Kai on April 4th, 2013

To celebrate their 35th anniversary, Amuse will be holding a live event called Amuse 35th Anniversary BBQ in Tsumagoi Bokura no Beat wo Kurae Kora!~ in July at Tsumagoi, Shizuoka. Popular artistes such as Porno Graffiti, Perfume, ONE OK ROCK, NICO Touches the Walls, flumpool, WEAVER, Takahashi Yu will come together for the celebration.

Interested in playing a new series for kids? For the first time in five years, Capcom is back with a new game developed specifically for children. The game company has recently announced that they would like to start a new series called Geist Crusher.

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The cross-media series is scheduled to have a 3DS game, a manga, an anime series, and a special line of toys from Bandai (called Gaimetal). With a terrific story line, superb fighting gear and special attacks, the 3DS game will instantly remind you of the Mega Man and Monster Hunter series. The Geist Crusher game for Nintendo 3DS will be released in Japan in Winter this year. And if you fancy watching shounen anime, then you will also love Geist Crushers animated series. Thanks to the brilliant Studio Pierrot, gamers and anime lovers all over the world will better appreciate the beautiful world of Geist Crusher. The entire storyline revolves around deep friendship, sorrow and exciting rivalry as each charming characters personalities unravel before your eyes. Personally, who wouldnt want to play another game that requires you to banish evil monsters and go through a lot of levels? Id love to arm myself with some Geist gear like Flame Fenrir, and even watch the entire anime series and buy a few Geist Crusher goodies from Bandai. Source: 4Gamer

Battler eXperience). Yamano Ban, a young boy who desires to become an LBX Fighter like his friends, is forbidden by his mother from owning an LBX as his father was taken from them in an accident relating to LBX years ago. One day a mysterious woman approaches Ban with a suitcase and tells him the hopes and fears of humanity lie inside it, and when Ban opens it, he finds a strange new LBX Robot. He is soon attacked by organizations who want the data inside this robot, and Ban and his friends are dragged into a corporation war that spreads all the way up to the highest political positions of power in Japan, and the true origins behind LBX Battling which could change the entire political structure of Japan. It also has a decent voice cast with notable seiyuus such as Marina Inoue (Yozora Mikazuki from Haganai) playing as Ami Kawamura and Daisuke Namikawa (Waver Valvet from Fate/Zero) as Kazuya Aoshima. Megumi Kobuta is playing her first debut major role as Yamano Ban. The series has a cult following among Japanese primary school kids for the past couple of years, much like Digimon in the yesteryears.

Little Battlers eXperience starts its broadcast on OKTO


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Kali Class Arrives in Dragon Nest SEA


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Dragon Nest SEA will be introducing a new spiritual fighter into its current 5-class line-up (Warrior, Cleric, Sorceress, Archer & Academic). Players will be able to experience new skills and further unravel the lore of Dragon Nest SEA with Kali!

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Born under the Prophets Shadow Star, Kalis destiny had been foretold by the Great Sage Arno when he visited the elusive Hermits Village many years ago. Back then, the Great Sage Arno told the villagers of Hermits Village that a special baby would be born into the village. The fate of this child would be to aid and guide the Prophet of Lagendia after the village is blazed to the ground. Great Sage Arno then passed on the battle skills and knowledge of the Ancients to the villagers of Hermits Village so they could be entrusted to the child in turn. Years passed, and true enough, a baby girl was born just as Great Sage Arno predicted. Following Arnos instructions, the villagers named the child Kali, which meant the Watcher. Kalis life journey as the Prophets Shadow Star was meant to be a tough one, with her mothers death following her birth. An androgynous stranger named Gaharam in the village adopted the infant Kali and taught her the battle skills she would require in future.

As Kali levels to 15, players can choose to progress her into a Screamer with powerful long-ranged dark spiritual magical attacks, or a Dancer who unleashes short ranged havoc in battle with her chakram and spiritual attack combo. Come level 45, players can further fine-tune her specialties to create a formidable character in battle. A Screamer can progress into a Soul Eater who places nasty curses and debuffs on enemies to strengthen her own attacks, or a Dark Summoner who can heal herself with every attack delivered. For players who chose the Dancer route in level 15, they can now progress to Spirit Dancer who specializes in devastating AOE (Area of Effect) attacks with the help of various dead spirits, or the Blade Dancer who deals powerful short-ranged combo attacks on the battlefield.

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Kyoto Animation announces anime Kyokai no Kanata


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kyoto-animation-announces-animekyokai-kanata/ By SunSoftware on April 4th, 2013

Source: Kyokai no Kanata website

Disney to close LucasArts, cancels all related projects


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/disney-close-lucasarts-cancelsrelated-projects/ By sentinel011 on April 3rd, 2013

Kyoto Animation, the studio behind hits like K-ON! and Tamako Market, is working on a new anime. Its not related to the swimming commercial, but it still looks exciting. The anime, titled Kyokai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary), is an adaptation of the light novel series of the same name. The story is a dark fantasy in which humans called Ikaishi fight creatures called Yomu. The protagonist, Akihito Kanbara, is a high school boy who meets the girl Mirai Kuriyama when she is about to jump off the school roof. Akihito is a half-Yomu who recovers from wounds quickly, whereas Mirai has the rare ability to manipulate blood. As Akihito decides to save the lonely girl, ominous events occur around them. The novel series, written by Nagomu Torii and illustrated by Chise Kamoi, received an honorable mention in the second Kyoto Animation Awards in 2011. The first volume was released last June, and was accompanied by this animated commercial. While you wait for the anime to be aired, you can visit Kyokai no Kanatas official website, where you can see the main characters. Along with Akihito and Mirai, there are Mitsuki and Hiromi Nase, siblings from a family of Ikaishi.

It came as a shock among the gaming industry when Kotaku reported their decision to shut down LucasArts earlier today. The sister company to LucasFilms, practically all of its 150strong staff were laid off, with the studios projects Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 canned. While there is a chance where the projects might be picked up by another publisher, Kotakus sources thought that this route was unlikely. It was really unfortunate too, especially when Star Wars 1313 looked spectacular in its E3 trailer release last year. How would the staff survive? Who would hire them now? SGCafe lists down the routes that they can potentially take from here on: 1. Teach - Probably the safest and most common decision. Most of the game illustrators, designers and
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programmers in the studio would have had high quality degrees or portfolio behind them. Most universities would be glad to accept them into their roles into future game developers. 2. Join The second alternative that comes to mind. Joining other studios with similar backgrounds. Programmers, designers and the marketing department may have an easier trying to dive back into the gaming industry, but the illustrators and concept artists might have slightly more difficult time finding a job they would be satisfied working in due to the difference in art direction. A few developers and studios we felt would be most suitable are probably Rockstar games. 3. East It might be a good time to spice up the Japanese gaming industry with their presence and experience. But the catch would be to quell these gaming companies and their strict rules on hiring foreigners. However, we remembered that Kojima Productions is looking to hire senior gaming programmers and designers. Heck, maybe even the mobile gaming side would be interesting to tap into their talents. 4. Write Journalism would be a great way to tap onto their industry network, especially its marketing department. Or vent off steam on their predicament like how Gametrailers Annoyed Gamer does it. 5. Switch Theres a chance that some of its employees are looking for a chance to quit their jobs and do their dream jobs, yet cant bear to leave due to whatever reasons. Well, heres a very good chance for them to do a completely different job that they are used to, perhaps starting their own business or something. 6. Recharge Holidaying seems like a good pick-meup after youve been told to bugger off. Recharge and re-think your options, not before you contact your industry buddies if there are any openings within their company. 7. Solo Start your own gaming firm with your colleagues, just like many other gaming studios out there who have done the same thing. A great chance to start producing their own My Little Pony third person adventure game, perhaps? (we kid.) What do you think LucasArts staff should do from here on? Which company should they join, and what sort of new projects do you think they can create? Source: Kotaku

The electropop trio pull no stops at global domination. The official website has announced the girls involvement with this years Ultra Music Festival. For those who are clueless about this music festival, UMF originated in Miami, USA as an event to celebrate electronic music and DJs. Think of it as a global scale Zoukout, for those residing in Singapore. Big names such as Afrojack and Carl Cox will be performing this years Festival in South Korea. Fans of the electronic music genre will surely know Ultra Music Festival. Big name DJs and electronic artistes from all over the world will perform at the two-day festival, held in South Korea this year. The event, titled Ultra Korea, will be held at Jamsil Olympic Complex come 14 and 15 June 2013. The first two phases of ticket sales have already sold out. It is a big deal for Perfume to be among the global performers, as the majority of Perfumes songs are quite different from the rest of the invited performing artistes in the list. Aside from the few heavy tracks like GAME, One Room Disco, edge and FAKE IT, most other tracks are targeted towards mainstream pop audiences. However, it is still a feat for the ladies to be able to perform at a global scale event. Perhaps one day they can be invited to perform at Singapores very own Zoukout? We shall see. Perfume is scheduled to perform on Friday, 14 June 2013. Source: UMFKorea, Perfume Official Site

Perfume to perform at Ultra Music Festival 2013 in South Korea


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YUI returns to singing career with new band Flower Flower


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/yui-returns-singing-career-bandflower-flower/ By SunSoftware on April 3rd, 2013

YUI has been performing for nine years, and many of her singles have ranked number one on Oricons charts. Anime fans may recognize her for her songs Rolling Star and Life from Bleach and Again from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. When YUI announced her hiatus near the end of last year, she posted a hand-written message on her website saying, I am searching for a new challenge. For that reason, I am taking a break. If youre excited to see YUI making a comeback, you can follow her bands official website. Although its currently empty, it will be more active after their debut performance, so be sure to show your support in the future. Source: Natalie, Mantan-Web

KAT-TUNs 21st Single FACE to Face details released


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kat-tuns-21st-single-face-facedetails-released/ By Crest on April 2nd, 2013

J-pop fans should be familiar with YUI, the star who went on hiatus last year. Now, shes back in the music business, and she has friends. YUI is now the lead vocalist of the four-man band Flower Flower, who have held secret performances across the country during the last month. The band will make their formal debut at Japan Jam 2013 in Shinkibas Studio Coast on May 4, followed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Rock Festival 2013 in Shinkiba Park on May 26. As you can tell from this picture, YUI has also cut her hair short and dyed it blonde. KAT-TUN, through the official Johnnys and J-STORM websites, has released information about their upcoming single titled FACE to Face. FACE to Face will be released on May 15, 3 months after Expose, their 20th single. Their previous single maintained KAT-TUNs unbroken streak of consecutive number one singles, a record that is shared by fellow Johnnys Kinki Kids. FACE to Face contains the titular song FACE to Face which is the theme song to the movie, Ore Ore, that features Kamenashi Kazuya in a leading role. Besides FACE to Face, the single contains DRAMATIC which is the theme song for NTVs Dramatic Game 1844 where Kamenashi Kazuya is a recurring guest on it. The last named song in the single, FLASH is a solo by Junnosuke Taguchi. This continues a trend where KAT-TUN singles feature a solo by one of the members. The PV to FLASH will be included in the first print of the regular edition. There will be three versions of the single, the limited edition first print which will include the PV to FACE to Face and two untitled songs. The first print of the regular print includes a special video. The regular edition
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As for Flower Flower, she formed the band with artists that she respects. As she says, I thought I could feel pure enjoyment if I listened to these members. I can also grow naturally, since with each idea and performance, I get another insight or possible song. About the name of the band, she says, I wanted a name that sounds natural and not arrogant. I had a desire to freely express something powerful and interesting.

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is the only edition that includes DRAMATIC and two other untitled songs. Credits: J-STORM

(Kirishima Kaito from Ano Natsu de Matteru, Tanaka Taichi from Tari Tari) AIC is a company known to create exceptional animation productions, and with Director Keitaro Motonaga helming this series, Date A Live is set to be a series enjoyed by teenagers and young adults. Given that the source material and setting exudes the typical harem rom-com vibes, it would definitely be exciting to see how AIC+ and Keitaro Motonaga tackle this issue. The voice cast have veteran voice actress Marina Inoue, who recently reprised her role in Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai. She is also known for her role as gutsy sniper Yoko Rittner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. As for Nobunaga Shimazaki, his role as Shidou Itsuka will probably be his first harem lead role, but voiced a couple of memorable male characters such as Ryou Sakurai from Kurokos Basketball and Kirishima Kaito from Ano Natsu de Matteru. If you yearn for an enjoyable romantic comedy anime series with a touch of sci-fi this season, Date A Live might just be the series for you.

SGCafes top 5 series picks Upcoming Spring Anime 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/sgcafes-top-5-series-picksupcoming-spring-anime-2013/ By bj0rN on April 2nd, 2013

You know Spring is here when Sakura trees bloom. Of course, that also means that Spring 2013 anime season is coming up, and SGCafe picks the top 5 series which you are likely to watch.

Date A Live
Many light novels have been adapted into anime series these days, and it doesnt take long for Date A Live to be adapted into one. The rom-com (short for romantic comedy) takes place thirty years after the storys setting, whereby a strange phenomena called a spacequake, that devastated the center of Eurasia, taking the lives of about 150 million people. These spacequakes continue to happen throughout the world on a irregular basis, but on a much smaller scale. The male protaganist Shidou Itsuka, comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori that this mysterious girl is actually one of the Spirits who manifest themselves in this world, causing the spacequakes. He also learns that Kotori is the captain of the airship Ratatoskr and recruits him to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits powers and stop them from being a threat to mankind. To do so, he has to seal a Spirit; by making her fall in love with him. Animation by: AIC+ Directed by: Keitaro Motonaga (School Days, Jormangand) Voice CastTohka Yatogami - Marina Inoue (Mikazuki Yozora from Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos)Shidou Itsuka - Nobunaga Shimazaki

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet


The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings called Hidiaasu. During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Red and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. After waking up from a long artificially induced hibernation, he finds himself trapped on a planet, with human residents talking in an unknown form of language and using inferior technologies. Red realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas depths in order to survive. Red arrives on one of the fleets called Gargantia with no knowledge of the planets history or culture. Under unforeseen circumstances, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. In the midst of an unknown environment and a language he doesnt understand, he starts communicating with the people of Gargantia in order to survive, and slowly he begins to have a change of heart. Animation by: Production I.G
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Directed by: Kazuya Murata (Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos) Script by: Urobochi Gen (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, PSYCHO PASS) Voice Cast Red - Ishikawa Kaito Amy - Kanemoto Kisako (Ika Musume from Ika Musume, Asteria Lizamarie De Roschefall from Rinne no Lagrange) The fact that Urobuchi Gen is doing the script for this series is a very huge draw considering his previous works such as Fate/Zero and PSYCHO PASS were well recieved. C0nsidering his involvement, this series would probably take a very nice twist in terms of plot somewhere in the middle of the story. The show could easily lure us in with something that looks peaceful and then throws us into a wild roller coaster ride.

off from Season 1 of Oreimo. Long awaited by many, it has finally returned after two and a half years to complete the story. Season 2 will continue off the True End route left off and is expected to bring an end to the series, following the story up to the last volume of the light novel at Volume 12 This upcoming season will have more development outside of Kirino and Kyousuke. To many Kuroneko fans out there, Kuroneko willl also start to have more character development with Kyousuke. With about 12 episodes to wrap up the series, hopefully they are able to pace it out nicely from start to end. At the very least, this is what most Oreimo fans have been looking for to.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Season 2)


The second season of Oreimo will take continue off the end of Season 1. Kosaka Kyousuke lives a very normal life and is like any normal person. One day he finds out that his sister, Kosaka Kirino, apart from being smart, pretty, and popular, is also actually an obsessive consumer of anime and eroge, which predominately feature little sister characters in them. Kirino pleads for him to not to reveal her hobby. Along the way, many other trials comes along as Kyousuke tries to look after his sister and assures her that this secret will be keep discreet while Kirino faces several problems herselfs, as she tries to keep the appearances and balance her exemplar school life with her hobbies. Unaware, Kyousuke didnt expect that the whole situation would eventually suck him into Kirinos world. Animation by: A1 Pictures Directed by: Hiroyuki Kanbe (Strike Wtiches Movie)Voice Cast Kousaka Kyousuke - Nakamura Yuuichi (Okazaki Tomoya from CLANNAD, Oreki Houtaro from Hyouka) Kousaka Kirino - Ayana Taketatsu (Leafa from Sword Art Online, Nakano Azusa from K-ON!)Gokou Ruri (Kuroneko) Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori from PSYCHO PASS, Hasegawa Kobato from Haganai) Season 2 is brought to you by another production company A1 Pictures instead of AIC Build and continuing the story

Youto Yokodera is just like every teenage boy, with perversion is in his nature. However, in his case, every time he does something perverted, it somehow gets turned around and misunderstood as something positive for the community. Sick of being so perverted, he tries to shake free of it by going to a special part of town. On top of a hill, away from the town and at the foot of a large tree, there is a wooden sculpture of a beckoning cat that is said to have special powers. Instead of bringing a wish to the user like a typical beckoning cat, it takes something from the user, and, in Youtos case, his perversion. Still doubtful, he uses the beckoning cat thinking that it couldnt hurt to try, but, little does he know, his life is about to make a turn to the unexpected. As the rumors suggest, by wishing upon the statue and giving an offering, one can wish to remove a personality trait from yourself that you do not wish to have anymore. What they do not realize at the time is that it will remove the unwanted trait and give it upon to someone who does need it. As hes making his offering to the statue, a girl, Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, arrives at the same place. Tsukiko also hearing of the rumors of the beckoning cat, was there to make her wish. She wishes to be able to be more like an adult and not show her emotions so easily. To their surprise the next day at school, Youto is unable to tell a single lie, and Tsukiko is unable to show any sign of emotion. After realizing that they do not like the change that happened, they work together to try and find out who has received their trait that was taken away in order to get it back. Animation by: J.C Staff Directed by: Youhei Suzuki (Toradora)Voice Cast Youta Yokodera - Yuuki Kaji (Haruyuki Arita/Silver Crow from Accel World, Alibaba Saluja from Magi The Labyrith of Magic, Subaru Hasegawa from Ro-Kyu-Bu!,) Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi Yui Ogura (Takenaka Hanbee from Oda Nobuna no Yabou, Alice from Kamisama no Memochou, Hinata hakamada from Ro-Kyu-Bu! )
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This is Suzuki Youheis first time as a full director and so I suppose fans of the light novel will be wondering how well the show will adapted. The theme of personality swapping makes it rather interesting with some romantic comedy elements. Considering how J.C. Staff did Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, this show should be able to show very strong personality of the individuals. Apart fromthat Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo just happened to have ended just before Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko begins, so fans who likes their romantic comedy will have something to look forward to.

Of course, there are other noteworthy series like Ketsuigatakun, which is a popular 4-panel manga about blood type character stereotypes and their reactions towards certain situations; and of course there are some series catered to the young ladies like Uta no Prince-Sama. We reckon there will be a few dark horse titles as time goes by, when each series fleshes out with each passing episode.

Valvrave The Liberator


In an era where the development of space cities, also known as Dyson Sphere, have seen over 70% of the human race migrate to space. The world was split into two major powers, the Dorushia Military Alliance, a power which grew out of a military alliance, and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS), which grew in power as it expanded its trade agreements. In between the two powers lies Jiouru, a neutral and prosperous country home to high school student Tokishima Haruto. With the sudden invasion of the Dorushia military however, Tokishima finds his life thrown into chaos. Ultimately, a sequence of events leads him to the discovery of a humanoid weapon known as Valvrave, which may hold the key to the nations liberation. Animation by: Sunrise Directed by: Kou Matsuo (Rozen Maiden)Voice Cast Haruto Tokishima Ryota Osaka (Akito Himenokouji from Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankei Nai yo ne, Eita Kidou from Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru) L-elf Ryohei Kimura (Kodaka Hasegawa from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Kaito Yashio from Robotics;Notes) Shouko Sashinami Asami Seto (Lan from Rinne no Lagrange, Konatsu Miyamoto from Tari Tari) Saki Rukino Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna from Sword Art Online, Morgiana from Magi The Labyrinth of Magic) So from the studio that brings you Gundam and Code Geass, now brings you another sci-fi and mecha series for the fans. Having produced countless mecha related series since their founding, Sunrise has proved to have a forte in doing mecha series and also leads to making Valvrave worth watching due to its reputation. Not too sure if it is going to be another stumble upon a mecha type of anime somewhat like Gundam or a more deeper type like Code Geass type of show. Regardless, mecha fans should keep a lookout and check this out. ======
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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture


A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture 9) GRANRODEO 10) Hideaki Takatori 11) Hiromi Sato 12) Ichiro Mizuki 13) Isao Sasaki 14) JAM Project (Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endo, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, Yoshiki Fukuyama) 15) Kenichi Suzumura 16) Kenta Harada from Rey 17) Maon Kurosaki 18) Minami Kuribayashi 19) Minori Chihara 20) Mitsuko Horie 21) Miyuki Hashimoto 22) Natsuko Aso 23) Sayaka Sasaki 24) Shoko Nagakawa 25) Shuhei Kita 26) Takayoshi Tanimoto 27) Yoko Ishida 28) yozuca* 29) Yui from Yousei Teikoku 30) ZAQ

Nana Mizuki added to Yamato 2199s Singer Lineup Dream Team


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/nana-mizuki-added-yamato-2199ssinger-lineup-dream-team/ By Ryo on April 9th, 2013

Initially announced with only 11 members, 24 others were added onto Space Battleship Yamato 2199s singer lineup, and amongst those 24 was Nana Mizuki. Aside from being part of the dream team, Nana Mizuki was also specially requested by the creators to sing the ending theme for the seventh and final installment of Yamato 2199s film. The other 34 singers include: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) Aira Yuki Aki Misato Chiaki Ishikawa Chihiro Yonekura Choucho CooRie Eir Aoi Faylan
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In this upcoming, action-packed Jetstream DLC set to be released later today for the XBOX and PS3, we get to play as Samuel Rodriguez, a cyborg, codenamed Jetstream, involved with the Desperado PMSC group as well as a nemesis to Raiden in Metal Gear Rising.

A CD will be released for the new version of the theme song, and a percentage of the sales will be taken to help regions that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is now being aired in Japan as an anime series as of 7th April (or 6th, for those who own Family Gekijo, a Japanese cable TV station), replacing Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic in the 5:00 p.m. slot in MBS/ TBS. The latest fifth installment of Yamato 2199, featuring Hironobu Kageyama as the singer of the ending theme, will premiere in theatres in Japan on Saturday, 13th April. The Blu-ray and DVD will subsequently be released on 28th May. Source: Daily Sports Online

The DLC appears to take place in Denver, Colorado (and Sams hometown?), where players would be able to explore past locations, learn about Sams origins, and perhaps recapping some of Raidens events from the core game. Jetstream will also feature around 5 VR Missions; however, there was only a short preview of this in the trailer. Whether or not they are all side-scrolling missions, that is something we have to find out. In case you have forgotten about the second DLC Bladewolf, fret not, we are here to remind you. Following Jetstream, you will take control of the titular AI bot equipped with a rail gun and even a chainsaw on its back. Oh, not forgetting the spring-loaded HF knives and claws. Any updates on that? Sadly, not yet. But we are sure that it will definitely be as interesting and action-packed as Jetstream, so be sure to look forward to it! Below is a trailer for Jetstream: Jetstream and Bladewolf DLC will be priced around $6.99 for both the XBOX and PS3. However release date for the latter has not been confirmed yet.

Metal Gear Rising: Samuels past to be revealed in Jetstream DLC


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/metal-gear-rising-samuels-revealedjetstream-dlc/

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Nationwide Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 & Consolation album info


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/release-event-held-kalafinas-newestalbum-consolation/ By Ryo on April 8th, 2013

During its first week of release, Consolation has already snatched the third position on the Oricon Weekly Albums chart (3/18 3/24), selling a total of 19,578 copies. Want to lay your hands on their album? You can order them from CD Japan right now, choosing from the three different editions that they provide. Type A of the limited edition is priced at 3, 800 yen while Type B is priced at 4, 000 yen (both including tax). Both editions contains the audio CD, postcard(s), a booklet, a second disc with a PV for Yume no Daichi as well as a documentary featuring Kalafinas visit at Animagic 2012. The only difference between Type A and B is the disc type Type A is your standard DVD disc, while Type B is for those who prefer to enjoy the PV and more in a Blue-ray disc. The standard edition, which only includes the CD, is priced at 3, 000 yen (tax included). Below is the song list for the audio CD: 1. al fine 2. consolation 3. moonfesta~~ 4. Door 5. (MIRAI) 6. (HANATABA) 7. signal 8. obbligato 9. (KIICHIGO NO SHIGEMI NI) 10. (MANTEN) 11. to the beginning 12. (HIKARI FURU) 13.

Just 2 days ago on the 6th of April at the Tokyo Dome City Hall, Kalafina held a commemorative release event for their fourth album titled Consolation. However, this performance was only limited to the audience in Japan; what about their overseas fans? Sadly, there has not been any news regarding a worldwide concert. Starting on the 8th of June, Kalafina will begin their live tour over 9 different cities of Japan with over fifteen performances for their album Consolation, starting with the Tohoku region. If youre currently residing or planning to go Japan, this is certainly not something to be missed out! Kalafina was produced by the talented Kajiura Yuki, many of their singles were well-known anime tie-ins, including to the beginning as well as Hikari Furu, both which are part of Consolation. Dont recall which anime it was featured in but sounds familiar? The answer is Fate/Zero as well Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: Eternal . to the beginning was used as Fate/Zeros second season, while Hikari Furu was featured in the second anime movie for Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Arina Tanemura and other artists pay tribute to Black Jack and Pinoko
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The next four issues of Princess are scheduled to feature more tributes to Black Jack from several different artists. It has been forty years since Osamu Tezuka, the pioneer of manga, created the classic series Black Jack, and some of todays mangaka pay homage to the manga and its bubbly heroine, Pinoko. The monthly magazine Princess has started a series of tributes to Black Jack. In the recently published May issue, Arina Tanemura (Full Moon wo Sagashite), Sawa Sakura (Manmakoto), Yumi Unita (Usagi Drop), and Hiko Yamanaka (Oujisama to Haiiro no Hibi) have all drawn the character Pinoko. The original Black Jack, a series about a mysterious doctor who deals with strange medical cases, may feel out of place in a shoujo magazine like Princess, but the artists have done a great job of depicting the doctors little sidekick. Tanemura and Sakura have each drawn a short manga featuring Pinoko, while Unita and Yamanaka have drawn an illustration of her with one of their own characters. Here is a glimpse of Tanemuras short manga, Pinoko no Kekkonshiki (Pinokos Wedding Ceremony). Fans of Black Jack should also check out Black Jack Sousaku Hiwa, the manga that gives authentic production stories told by people who worked with Tezuka, as well as the prequel Young Black Jack by Yoshiaki Tabata and Yuugo Okuma, which tells the story of Black Jack while he was still in medical school. Source: Natalie, Akita Shoten

New information released for Pokemon X and Y Could it be Mewthree?


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/information-released-pokemonmewthree/ By Ryo on April 8th, 2013

This panel is from Sakuras short manga, Kimi no Te Boku no Te, Mizu no Naka (Your Hand, My Hand, in Water).

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If you are not satisfied with just a new Mew-like Pokemon, two additional legendaries Xerneas and Yveltal, are also set to appear in X and Y. Figured out why they are called Xerneas and Yveltal yet? Heres a hint: look at the starting letter for their names.

In case you havent been keeping yourself up to date and youre a big Pokemon fan, heres the latest news about the upcoming game Pokemon X and Y, which is set to be released worldwide in October 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. Just yesterday on TV Tokyo, an update was released on Pokemon Smash!. Fans of the long-running Pokemon series will surely find the resemblance between the new Pokemon (Mewthree, perhaps?) and the well-known iconic Mewtwo; sharing similar body structure as well as color scheme, this newest addition may or may not surpass the psychic prowess of the Mew duo. The white, horned Pokemon above on the left is Xerneas, while the red, winged Pokemon on the right is Yveltal. If you own a 3DS and is prepared to add X and Y to your Pokemon collection, be sure to catch them all and not miss out on these three exciting new additions!

Segakawaii to release Dreamcast-themed backpack


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/segakawaii-release-dreamcastthemed-backpack/ By SunSoftware on April 6th, 2013

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The Japanese like their video games and fashion, and Sega has combined them into one with Segakawaii. Sega has created the new brand Segakawaii to make merchandise aimed at woman based on Segas licenses. For their first product lineup, they are working with the popular apparel brand galaxxxy to produce this snazzy backpack based on Segas swan song.

The T-shirt and tank top will each cost 4,725 yen. All three products will be released on April 25. In honor of Segakawaiis debut, galaxxxys Shibuya store will hold a Segakawaii exhibit from April 25 to May 6. Of course, there are plans for more Segakawaii items in the future. Are there any Sega-themed merchandise you want to see? Source: Dengeki

Kyary Pamyu Pamyus first large-scale outfit exhibition to tour around Japan
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kyary-pamyu-pamyus-large-scaleoutfit-exhibition-tour-japan/ By slayedoll on April 6th, 2013

Just in case you dont recognize it, this backpacks design is based on the controller for the Sega Dreamcast, the game console Sega created in 1998. Many of you probably have fond memories of the controller and its miniature screen, even though the way the wire stuck out between your legs may have been annoying. The backpack is scheduled to come in three different colors and cost 13,860 yen. Along with the backpack, Segakawaiis first lineup will include a short T-shirt with a nice, simple drawing of the Dreamcast, as well as a tank top themed on the Mega Drive (aka Sega Genesis) with the words 16-bit, for those who want to go even more retro.

Despite the ongoing world tour, J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu continues spreading Japans kawaii culture actively,
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this time through a national tour of her phenomenal costumes! Previously in Roppongi Hills, the Kyary Pamyu Pamuseum pop-up exhibition gathered about 20,000 people over a span of 3 weeks and has been very well-received. This spring, Kyary Pamyu Pamyus first large-scale outfit exhibition, Kyary Pamyu Pamuseum would be making a tour around Japan, starting with Osaka and Nagoya.

LocationNagoya ParcoParco Gallery Exhibition Period5/16(Thursday) 2100hrs(Last entry at 2030hrs) TBC 1000hrs

Entrance Free600yen/Audio guide 500yen(Includes tax) For enquiriesParco Gallery 2100hrs) 052-264-8370 (1000hrs

For more information: Kyary Museum Homepage Source: Fashionsnap.com, barks.jp

Makai Wars Live event coming this summer


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/nis-holding-makai-wars-livesummer/ By SunSoftware on April 5th, 2013

On display are costumes worn in Yasutaka Nakata produced music videos such as Fashion Monster, Tsukema Tsukeru, Furisodeshon, the gigantic costume worn at Kohaku Uta Gassen which generated immense hype, and even stage sets of Kyarys one-girl live shows. Audio guides with Kyarys recorded voice in the form of headsets attached with big ribbons(also known as MoshiMoshi) enhance the tour experience and allow both the young and old to immerse themselves into the charm of Kyarys unique and exciting world. With the increasing awareness and interest of Singaporeans towards Harajuku fashion, lets hope that one day, we will see this exhibition right on our shores! Kyary Pamyu Pamuseum Osaka Venue Location: Hotel New Otani Osaka Exhibition Period: 4/28(Sunday) to 1200hrs~2000hrs(Last entry at 1900hrs) 5/6(Monday)

Remember how on April Fools Day, NIS teased the game Makai Wars coming this summer? Well, it wasnt a joke no, the game still isnt coming out, but there will be a concert featuring NISs biggest stars. Nippon Ichi Software, the developer responsible for the massively popular strategy-RPG series Disgaea, will hold the concert Makai Wars Live episode1: Asagis Counterattack on July 13 at Yokohama BLITZ. As the name implies, this event is themed around Asagi, the hero of the game Makai Wars.

Entrance FeeAdvance booking 600yen/On the day 800yen/Audio Guide 500yen(Includes tax) For EnquiresHotel New Otani Osaka (1000hrs1900hrs) Nagoya Venue 0570-00-2345 NIS first revealed a teaser of Makai Wars in the summer of 2004, but it was never released, and Asagi, still waiting for her game, has appeared as an unlockable character
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in eighteen different games since then (getting a little less patient each time). However, that will all change this summer, when Asagi makes her move and finally secures her own game. How she will do that, we will have to wait and see. Also, the event will feature some of the best musicians from NISs works, such as these: Tenpei Sato (music composer of the entire Disgaea series, plus other games) and his band, MissKiss Yousei Teikoku (performed the opening theme of The Guided Fate Paradox) Maria Kawamura (voice actress of Kururu from Little Princess: Doll Princess of Marl Kingdom 2) Suzuko Mimori (voice actress of Asagi in Disgaea D2) Ultra-Prism (dressed up as Asagi and performed in last years Asagis National Tour)

Danny Choo, producer of the worldwide TV series Culture Japan and Director of Mirai.inc, has announced his collaboration with Japanese hobby maker Good Smile Company to release Moekanji a set of 87 illustrated cards to help individuals learn first grade Japanese Kanji which include the On and Kun readings written in Hiragana.

Makai Wars Live episode1: Asagis Counterattack is part of NISs 20th anniversary celebration. Earlier this year, they released the games The Guided Fate Paradox (KamiPara) and Disgaea D2. With all of the work they have been doing, who knows what NIS will do next? Asagi has been on a roll, as well. Last year, NIS collaborated with the vocalist of Ultra-Prism, Usagi Tsukimiya, to hold Asagis National Tour in Okinawa and Fukuoka, and Asagi was voted the most popular female NIS character by readers of Dengeki Online. With a massive fanbase on her side, will Asagi finally get her own game this summer? Asagi fans, keep your hopes up! Source: Nippon Ichi Software homepage

Moekanji is the second product in the Moe learning series and follows on from the hit product Moekana which teaches individuals the basic Japanese syllabary Hiragana. Even though Moekana was aimed at non Japanese to learn Hiragana, Moekana became the 2nd best selling anime product in the Amazon Japan sales rankings.

Culture Japan & Good Smile Company releases Japanese Kanji Learning cards Moekanji
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/culture-japan-good-smile-companyreleases-japanese-kanji-learning-cards-moekanji/

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The Moekanji cards feature the mascots of Culture Japan which include Mirai Suenaga and characters of the TV show and website Culture Japan and are illustrated by the Japanese illustrator Ikkyuu. Moekanji also has collaboration cards which include the Nitroplus mascot character Super Sonico. Pre-orders are open for Moekanji which retails for 2500 yen and is due to be released at the end of May 2013. Danny is also collaborating with Japanese online Hobby Retailer AmiAmi where a Kanji Wallscroll will be given away with all pre-orders taken at AmiAmi.

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AKB48 Lineup announced for Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/akb48-lineup-announced-tokyoauto-salon-singapore-2013/ By bj0rN on April 5th, 2013

The list of the 16 members of Japans number one girl group, AKB48 that will be performing and meeting their fans at the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013 have been announced. The 16 members from AKB48 are: 1. Maria Abe 2. Sayaka Akimoto 3. Rina Chikano 4. Nana Fujita 5. Rina Kawaei
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6. Ayaka Kikuchi 7. Ami Maeda 8. Natsumi Matsubara 9. Sakiko Matsui 10. Tomomi Nakatsuka 11. Amina Sato 12. Sumire Sato 13. Haruka Shimada 14. Shihori Suzuki 15. Juri Takahashi 16. Yuuka Tano Also the time schedule for the Meet & Greet Session and the Live Performance have also been announced. They will all be held at the Performance Stage at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013. Here are the details as followed: AKB48 Meet & Greet Session 12 Apr 2013 | 1515hrs 13 Apr 2013 | 1630hrs AKB48 One Hour Live Performance 13 Apr 2013 | 1800hrs Do remember that fans are entitled to watch AKB48s performance with any purchase of the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore tickets. 500 passes available each day on a first come first serve basis for those who are keen to get to the priority area/mosh pit area to get up close with AKB48. To be amongst the 500 people with these passes, each attendee must bring along their online purchase confirmation email to the redemption booth inside the event hall. Redemption of the passes are only valid for that day only. Sale for the online ticket purchase will close on 8 April 2013 at 2359hrs. The organizers have also included that attendees are not allowed to redeem Saturdays live performance priority area/moshpit pass on Friday, 12 April 2013. For more past details to check out our previous post here and here.

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More details on the T.M.Revolution and Nana Mizuki collaboration revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/details-t-m-revolution-nana-mizukicollaboration-revealed-draft/ By Az on April 11th, 2013

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Gatchaman live action movie: watch the first trailer


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/gatchaman-live-action-movie-watchtrailer/ By ellehaym on April 11th, 2013

T.M.Revolution and Mizuki Nana has just opened a special website for their collaboration single, Preserved Roses, to be released in May 15. The CD jacket of the single and the artwork that comes with it has also been revealed. This powerful collaboration single is the opening theme for the anime Kakumeiki VALVRAVE, which is aired today, April 11, by MBS and TBS broadcast stations. The TV SPOT for the collaboration single Preserved Roses and the promotional video for Kakumeiki VALVRAVE can also be watched in the site. It has been decided that new content will be uploaded to the site, so fans of this collaboration should definitely check it out. The said website is here.

If youve been watching anime since you were little, you probably had the chance to watch the TV series Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman. This year, fans of the franchise will be able to watch a live action adaptation of this sci-fi action anime on the big screen.
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Gatchamans live action film was confirmed last year. Now, the official movie website has revealed its first trailer and a new image.

The upcoming Gatchaman movie is set in a futuristic Tokyo, where the world faces a new nemesis called the Galactor. This technologically advanced terrorist group has seized control of half of the world. Nambu Kouzaburou, a scientist, decides fight against mankinds new threat by forming the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. The group consists of five young heroes with excellent ninjutsu skills. They are dressed in costumes called G Suits. Cast: Tori Matsuzaka as Owashi no Ken Go Ayano as Condor no Joe Ayame Gouriki as Shiratori no Jun Tatsuomi Hamada as Tsubakuro no Jinpei Ryohei Suzuki as Mimizuku no Ryu Goro Kishitani as Dr. Nambu KozaburoMitsuishi Ken as Dr. Kirkland Eriko Hatsune as Naomi Shido Nakamura as Iriya The G Suits are something noteworthy in this movie production. According Matsuzaka, these costumes fit them perfectly. It was also revealed that the suits were designed to withstand the harsh demands of the movies action scenes. Of course, this comes with a price. All in all, the suits cost 20 million yen (thats 248,424 SGD!). On top of that, the creation of the suits took more than one year. The live action movie is directed by Toya Sato, with its screenplay written by Yusuke Watanabe. Gatchaman is slated to premiere on August 24 in Japan. Sources: JEFusion and tokyohive

7th Dragon 2020-II is the sequel to the game released in 2011 that has you create a team to hunt the dragons that threaten humanitys survival. It was notable for Hatsune Miku singing the OP and appearing in the game, and for the vast array of voice actors that you could choose for creating each character in your team; it had a total of 30 different voices to choose from, 15 for male characters and 15 for female characters.

So what is actually new about 7th Dragon 2020-II? First off, theyve expanded on that the already-impressive seiyuu cast to a total of 40 different voices, and many of the names theyve added are very notable seiyuus too.

Whats New In 7th Dragon 2020-II


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Abe Ono SakuraiNakamura Itoue Sawashiro Tange Hikasa AtsushiDaisuke Takahiro YuuichiKanae Miyuki Sakura Youko Ishida Kaji Shimono Hirata Katou Taketatsu Chihara Horie Akira Yuuki Hiro HiroakiEmiri Ayana Minori Yui Egawa KamiyaSugita Fukuyama Kuwashima TanakaToyoguchi Mizuki Hisao HiroshiTomokazu Jun Houko Atsuko Megumi Nana Ootsuka KimuraTakeuchi Miki Saitou TanakaToyosaki Yuuki Akio Ryouhei Ryouta Shinichirou Chiwa Rie Aki Aoi Okamoto KurodaNakai MiyanoSatou Tamura Hanazawa Yukana Nobuhiko Takaya Kazuya Mamoru Rina Yukari Kana Secondly, theres a new character class you can choose when making a character: the Idol. Idols have S rank charisma, use

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megaphones and speakers in battle, and can use orders to buff and control your party. Other than choosing your characters class, you can also choose the model used for the character. And 7th Dragon 2020-II has two new additions for this. The first one is that there is a new, non-human model available called Lucier. They are a race that sacrificed themselves to stop the first Dragon invasion 12000 years ago in Atlantis, and are revived in Tokyo in 2021. The other new addition for character creation is that you can now choose from 3 different colour variations of the models for your characters, giving you more choices, and making it easier to visually recognise the characters in your party, especially when they all have the same model, as this video shows. The last couple of items that are new about 7th Dragon 2020II both involve Hatsune Miku. Firstly, she will be appearing in the game as the NPC Hatsune Miku TYPE 2021.

7th Dragon 2020-II is scheduled to release on 18th April for the PSP, and has a price of 6279yen for the UMD version, and 5600yen for the download version.

Make music on your 3DS with KORG M01D


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/music-3ds-korg-m01d/ By SunSoftware on April 11th, 2013

Have you ever wanted to make music, preferably on a portable device with software that cost less than $100? Then youll want to read about this robust music workstation built for your 3DS. KORG M01D is the 3DS version of the popular music workstation M1, which you probably never heard of unless youve already produced music before. M01D is a powerful music synthesizer that makes music creation easy with a touchscreen interface and the ability to save songs onto your SD card and share them through the Internet. The other piece of news is that when you meet certain conditions in the game, you will unlock the option to change the BGM mode to DIVA Mode, a version where Miku sings the BGM. In case that doesnt sound exciting in words, heres a video that gives you a glimpse of how it works. Here are some of the features in more technical detail, for those who are music production-savvy: 8-part multi-timbral synth with 342 sounds, for a maximum of 24 voices Selected sounds from the 01/W
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New sounds exclusive to the M01 on 3DS Master effects: reverb and delay 8 track step sequencer with up to 64 steps per scene and up to 99 scenes Sound browser, mixer, and keyboard KAOSS mode that uses the popular KAOSSilator layout so you can input notes, chords, and drums easily from the touchscreen KORG M01D will be available on Japans Nintendo eShop this May and in other countries this summer. It will cost 3,000 yen, which is expensive for an eShop title, but at least its cheaper than Logic Pro 9 for the Mac ($199) or Pro Tools 10 ($699). Just to prove that even professional musicians can work with a 3DS, here is a sample song by the duo CT+X. And to drive the point even further, here is Sano Nobuyoshi, the founder of Detune and composer who has made music for Tekken and Ridge Racer. It has been a while since Compile Heart officially revealed their upcoming idol raising game, but now theyve given some back story and even revealed a dedicated CD series. Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP is a PS Vita spin-off of the popular Hyperdimension Neptunia RPG series. Like the previous games, the story takes place in the world of Gamindustri, which is guarded by cute, game console-based goddesses. However, this game is set in a parallel universe where an idol boom has risen, and one idol group named MOB48 (isnt there another idol group that ends in 48?) is taking shares, putting the goddesses in danger of bankruptcy. In order to fight against MOB48, the goddesses form their own idol unit. The game lets you control Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert, while their younger sisters have not been confirmed as playable characters. When you perform in concerts, you earn Stage Points, and your audience will have a different number of fans and haters who are divided into categories like guts and stress. You can customize the goddesses costumes, and they can transform during performances, which obviously changes their appearance and voices.

Source: Create Digital Music

Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP details on story and CD series


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/hyperdimension-idol-neptunia-ppdetails-story-cd-series/ By SunSoftware on April 11th, 2013

Idol Neptunia PP will be released on June 20, but the goddesses conquest of the idol world wont stop there. Compile Heart has also announced a CD series titled Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP: Complete Bundle Processor. These CDs will feature dance arrangements of songs from the game, as well as codes that let you download the songs to use in the game. Here is a list of the CDs currently scheduled to be released: Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle Processor vol.1 ~Neptune x Purple Heart (CV: Rie Tanaka)~ 1. Fly High! (idol dance ver.) 2. with confidence (idol dance ver.) 3. HPLVE Power (idol dance ver.) 4. Dear every day (idol dance ver.)
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5. Fly High! 6. Purple Energy Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle Processor vol.2 ~Vert x Green Heart (CV: Rina Satou)~ 1. Fly High! (idol dance ver.) 2. with confidence (idol dance ver.) 3. HPLVE Power (idol dance ver.) 4. Dear every day (idol dance ver.) 5. HPLVE Power 6. Koi wa U la LOVE 2 Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle Processor vol.3 ~Noire x Black Heart (CV: Asami Imai)~ 1. Fly High! (idol dance ver.) 2. with confidence (idol dance ver.) 3. HPLVE Power (idol dance ver.) 4. Dear every day (idol dance ver.) 5. with confidence 6. goddess of victory Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle Processor vol.4 ~Blanc x White Heart (CV: Kana Asumi)~ 1. Fly High! (idol dance ver.) 2. with confidence (idol dance ver.) 3. HPLVE Power (idol dance ver.) 4. Dear every day (idol dance ver.) 5. Dear every day 6. MY RULE The first two volumes will be released on June 26, and the third and fourth volumes on August 28. They will each cost 2,310 yen. In addition to the idol simulation game, there are two more Hyperdimension Neptunia games coming to the Vita and the anime series airing this summer. Clearly, the goddesses of Gamindustri are not slacking off. Source: Amaebi, Dengeki

A new TV anime adaptation of Yozakura Quartet has been announced last week.

The new series will be titled Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~

This week, the official website released the new character designs by the seriess manga artist Yasuda Suzuhito.

New Yozakura Quartet TV Anime announced, designs revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/yozakura-quartet-tv-animeannounced-designs-revealed/

Yozakura Quartet is a manga by Yasuda Suzuhito currently serialized in the monthly magazine Gekkan Shounen Sirius. The manga is a supernatural series revolving around 4 teenagers with unique abilities who undertake the task of helping and protecting the inhabitants of their town who consist of humans and demons. It was previously adapted into a 12 episode TV anime in 2008. In 2010 an OVA adaptation was released consisting of 3 episodes. Volume 13 of the manga was released on the 9th of this month. Currently no other information regarding the new TV anime has been announced. Source : TV Anime Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ Official Website

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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Portable AR Posters at Musashis 8 Stations + 1


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kyoukai-senjou-horizon-portable-arposters-musashis-8-stations-1/ By Xak on April 10th, 2013

Also, at the JR Akihabara station, which is the +1 station, limited amounts of PR cards will be given away. The PR card giveaway and posters at Akihabara will only be from 22nd April to 28th April, while the posters at the other 8 stations (Shinagawa, Fuchuu, Takao, Kokubunji, Okutama, Asakusa, Ogawa and Haijima) will be up from 22nd April to 5th May. Source: Dengeki Online

Nico Nico Super Conference 2


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/nico-nico-super-conference/ By hittokiri on April 10th, 2013

As a promotion for the Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Portable game for the PSP that release on 25th April, Kadokawa Games will be putting up posters at 8+1 railway stations in Tokyo corresponding to the 8 ships that together make up Musashi, the giant ship where many of the main characters reside. These posters include an AR marker that will show a character suspended in mid-air when viewed with a specific app. The characters shown at each station are different, and different characters will be shown at the same station at random.

Nico Nico Super Conference makes a return this year with Nico Nico Super Conference 2. The event will be held at Makuhari Messe on the 27th and 28th of April.

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Anisong fans will not be left out as there will also be performances by Aoi Eiru, Kitadani Hiroshi and ZAQ to name but a few. Last year, Nico Nico Super Conference was attended by 92,000 on site attendees while a reported 347,000 streamed the event live vie its Nico Nico Douga website. Source : Nico Nico Cho Kaigi

With the concept of an event attempting to reproduce (almost) all of Nico Nico Dougas content into real life (), the event will feature Nico Nico Dougas staple contents such dance ( ), video games (), vocaloids () to niched contents such as trainspotting () and Billy Herrington ()

Further details for Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram announced


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/details-steinsgate-linear-boundedphenogram-announced/ By Ryo on April 10th, 2013

The event will feature stage performances by idol groups such as Idoling and -ute, as well as visual kei bands such as Alice Nine and ViViD.

Just earlier today, MAGES released a promotional video for the soon-to-be released Steins;Gate game, Steins;Gate Senkei Ksoku no Phenogram, or better known as Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram. Available on the PS3 and XBOX, the promotional video featured an alpaca wearing a superhero costume; despite this pretty hilarious opening in the video, the game isnt as happy and comedic as you think. In two recent gameplay videos release by 5pb, you get to experience an extremely poignant moment between Rintaro Okabe as well as Kurisu Makise when playing as Mayuri Shiina. In the first scenario, Mayuri tells Okabe that he hasnt been acting like himself recently after meeting up with him at her
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grandmothers grave unexpectedly. Before that, he retorts, saying that Mayuri wasnt a burden to him at all when she started a small talk and then wanting to bring up the topic of her a liability; in turn causing him stress.

The Last of Us Thoughts about the game and video log on Wasteland Beautiful
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/thoughts-game-video-log-wastelandbeautiful/ By Ryo on April 10th, 2013

Okabe eventually requests that Mayuri should stop asking him anymore questions, and once the time is right, he promises to tell her what is necessary. Mayuri agrees reluctantly, but in an attempt to lighten the mood, she offers to go get some sweet dango; Okabe agrees after making a joke about Mayuri being a glutton, and the two leaves for the said dessert. In the second scenario, a more emotional scene compared to the first, Mayuri finds herself gathering enough courage to ask Kurisu about her and Okabe when she realizes that they were both acting strangely, and not just Okabe. Hesitantly, Kurisu explains that no matter what happens, either one of them were going to die because of the warped world line, and because Kurisu herself was destined to die in their current and original timeline, she convinced Okabe to save Mayuri instead; with a smile, she tells Mayuri to accept what is to come. Mayuri however, refuses to accept this as she did not want a world where her friend is fated to die, and she blames herself for being ignorant.

Amidst the dark, post-apocalyptic world lies a stunningly beautiful realm; despite the buildings and structures being a shadow of its previous splendor, theres this unknown wonder about nature reclaiming its territory, especially when almost all of humankind are lost to the deadly plague. This is The Last of Us. Created by the very same team that brought you the Unchartered series, The Last of Us is an upcoming PS3exclusive game set to be released on 14th June, 2013. In case you havent heard about The Last of Us yet, it was unveiled during last years E3, and crowned as one of the most anticipated and best game of 2012.

The standard editions suggested retail price is 7, 140 yen for both the PS3 and XBOX, but Amazon Japan is listing it at 5, 836 yen at the moment. Both limited editions of Linear Bounded Phenogram for PS3 and XBOX will include Okabes cell phone; the suggested retail price is 11, 550 yen, and 9, 445 yen on Amazon Japans listing. Both editions will be released on April 25th. Source: 4gamer

The game tells a story of Joel and his female companion Ellie as they journey through the U.S., escaping the quarantine zones the military has kept them in to avoid any infection from a Cordyceps fungus. In order to fulfill an oath he made, Joel runs away with Ellie in an attempt to bring her to a resistance group called Fireflies, causing the military to chase after the duo. However, the military isnt their only threat; scavengers, and even the infected will all hunt the
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pair down, forcing them to actively fight their way through the cities in order to survive. In the latest video log recorded by the Naughty Dog team, we explore what went into design and concept of The Last of Uss universe. Their keyword for the creation of the world is contrast almost every aspects of the game has a counterpart, bringing the players both ends of the spectrum as they immerse themselves in the scenic world of the game, to see what weve built and what weve lost.

Source: 4gamer

In addition, The Last of Us also features pretty realistic killing. And when I say realistic, I mean the sense of regret that overwhelms you almost immediately when you take a swing at the infected or even opening fire at a helpless enemy that tried to murder you seconds ago, even if it is just a virtual kill. There is no doubt that The Last of Us will not just be a game filled with adventure and survival; it will be a game with a somber tale, the dialogue deep and emotional as the player gets strung into the immersive world of The Last of Us. And you have to admit; even though The Last of Us isnt advertised as a horror game, it can easily be passed off as one. The infected looks terrifying, and with just one glance, you know that theyre not to be trifled with.

So far all the videos and screenshots have not failed my expectations their level designs were consistent, and you can see that both the human enemies and infected are equally threatening. But of course, the latter proves to be scarier. Who can deny that? That being said, if youre a fan of the Unchartered series, this is not a title to be missed; or if you havent gotten a PS3 yet, this may be a wise time to invest into one, especially if you love survival games with a touch of horror. The Last of Us will be released on 14th June 2013 as a PS3only title.

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Aside from the live footage and the documentary, Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st DVD first press edition will contain a replica sticker of the staff pass. Those who bought either regular or limited version of the single along with the world tour DVD will be able to join a lottery for a special present. More details on the special present will be announced on the official website. Source: Perfume Official Website

Perfume to simultaneously release Magic Of Love single and Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st DVD
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/perfume-simultaneously-releasemagic-love-single-perfume-world-tour-1st-dvd/ By Az on April 13th, 2013

Miyano Mamorus first ever appearance on NHKs Music Japan


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/miyano-mamorus-appearance-nhksmusic-japan/ By hittokiri on April 13th, 2013

Miyano Mamoru made his first ever appearance on NHKs music variety show Music Japan this week. Introduced as the Most Popular Ikemen Voice Actor among women, he was there to promote his latest single Kanon. The episode aired on the 11th of April also featured guests Yuusuke (), KARA and the telephones. Perfume, who has just announced a second world tour, will simultaneously release their second single for 2013, Magic Of Love, and Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st DVD (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore) this coming May 22. Magic Of Love was created for the Pure Gummy CM, with its theme of casting the magic of love. It is a song about a girl who daydreams about starting her ideal romance and described as a song that will capture your heart with its catchy tunes and sweet singing voices. The regular version of the single will contain the title track, Magic Of Love and a yet untitled coupling track. Those who bought the limited version will receive a special DVD with the music video. Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st DVD will contain Singapores version of the concert and a documentary on the girls experiences on their first overseas tour. The lives for the tour were all on all-standing live houses: the type of venues Perfume performed on during their rise to fame.

In line with Japans current recruitment and orientation season, this weeks episode featured a segment where guests are introduced to methods to liven up parties.

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Hilarity soon ensued when the male guests were asked to try out one of the methods.

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The official website for the Date A Live PS3 game by Compile Hearts and Sting revealed the promotional video that was shown at Anime Contents Expo a couple of weeks ago, and most importantly, a new character that was not in the original novels has been shown! Miyano Mamoru has provided the voice for numerous popular characters including Suou Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club, Yagami Light from Death Note and Setsuna F. Seie from Kidou Senshi Gundam OO. This season he can be heard in Uta no Prince-sama as Ichinose Tokiya and in the anime Carnival as Yogi (). Music Japan is currently hosted by Perfume and Yoshida Kazutaka. Narration on the show is done by Mizuki Nana. Source : Yaraon!, Seiyu Fan

ACE Promo Video, New Character for Date A Live PS3 Game by Compile Hearts Revealed
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/ace-promo-video-new-characterdate-live-ps3-game-compile-hearts-revealed/ By Xak on April 13th, 2013

Her name is Sonogami Rinne, the same Rinne that is in the subtitle of the game, Rinne Utopia. Which suggests straight off that the game will be focusing around her. From the description given, shes a childhood friend of the protagonist, Itsuka Shidou. Since Date A Live is a story whose premise consists of a guy who ends up dating various Spirits in turn in order to save the world, there seems to be much more to this character than meets the eye, and that it is very likely that you would end up dating her at some point or another. However, not much more is known about this game, other than being described as a Spirit Conquest Adventure, which suggests that at least one aspect of the game will involve dating the various Spirits, which can lead up to scenes such as these.

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The official site for Namie Amuros Asia Tour 2013 has released an announcement that the Singapore leg of the tour has been cancelled due to issues concerning the local promoter. Such issues, while not explained further in the announcement, they are likely to revolve around relatively poor ticket sales. The steep ticket prices, ranging from $138 to $268, places the cancelled concert at the price range of the more expensive acts that come to Singapore. Namie Amuros billing as a top Japanese artiste is beyond doubt but her local popularity may not be sufficient, in my opinion, to justify such pricing. Midas Promotions, the promoter and organizer for the Singapore leg for Namie Amuros tour, is not a new company and has handled many concerts in the Southeast Asia region. On a related note, they were one of the organizers for LArc~en~Ciels concert in Singapore. While we may never know the real workings of what happened, we can only hope that Singapore may be able to witness a Namie Amuro concert in the near future. At the point of writing, there is no information on the refunds of tickets on Sistics website but this should be rectified soon. Credits: namie amuro ASIA TOUR 2013

Date A Live: Rinne Utopia also has the same voice actresses for the various Spirits, and has Hanazawa Kana voicing Rinne, and from the promotion video it sounds like shes going to be hard at work to steal Shidos heart, as well as the hearts of her fans. Date A Live: Rinne Utopia is scheduled for a 27 June release for the PS3, with prices of 7140yen for the normal edition, 9240yen for the limited edition and 6300yen for the download edition.

Namie Amuros Asia Tour Singapore Leg cancelled


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/namie-amuros-asia-tour-singaporeleg-cancelled/ By Crest on April 12th, 2013

Grand Dengeki Bunko Exhibition opening on April 27


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/grand-dengeki-bunko-exhibitionopening-april-27/ By SunSoftware on April 12th, 2013

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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Accel World Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Golden Time Strike The Blood Baccano! Shakugan no Shana Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo Dengeki Bunko, the publisher responsible for many of todays hottest light novels, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with an event that fans will not want to miss. The Grand Dengeki Bunko Exhibition will be held from April 27 to May 6 in Ikebukuros Sunshine City. There will be amazing features at this event, and here are some detailed descriptions from Dengekis official website. Artist Illustrations The artists of Dengekis novels will produce exclusive artwork to be displayed at the exhibition. The pictures will be divided into three categories: scenes both scenes out of novels and completely original scenes cosplay drawings, and swimsuit drawings. Durarara!! Spice and Wolf Toradora! Black Bread Magdala de Nemure Seiraku Shoujo Nareru! SE Heavy Object C3 -C Cubed Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan Kantan na Monitor Desu Shitsuren Tantei Momose Yome ni Shiro to Semaru Osananajimi no Tame ni xx Shitemita Idolizing! Shinigami no Ballad Sayonara Piano Sonata Alice Reloaded: Hello, Mister Magnum Ashita, Boku wa Shinu. Kimi wa Ikikaeru. Eiko to Tooru to Bukatsu no Jikan. Autograph Sessions In addition, throughout the week, these popular authors and artists will come to the the exhibition in person to give their autographs to lucky attendees: April 28: Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai author Tsukasa Fushimi and artist Hiro Kanzaki April 29: Golden Time author Yuyuko Takemiya and artist Eeji Komatsu May 3: Ro-Kyu-Bu! author Sagu Aoyama and artist Tinkuru May 5: Hataraku Maou-sama! author Satoshi Wagahara and artist 029 Here is an incomplete list of titles that will be featured (yes, incomplete). How many do you recognize? Sword Art Online Hataraku! Maou-sama Ro-Kyu-Bu! To Aru Majutsu no Index May 6: Sword Art Online author Reki Kawahara and artist abec Dengeki Bunkos 20th Anniversary Special Store As you may have guessed, there will be products on sale at the event. Heres a preview of the some of the items which will be available nowhere else. The Grand Dengeki Bunko Exhibition Official Book, containing some of the illustrations displayed at the
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exhibition, as well as posters, trading cards, and exclusive stories from Dengekis authors.

Trading card set

T-shirts Source: Dengeki

Voice actresses of The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls want their own anime
Autographed Tapestries Lastly, people who buy a ticket before April 27 can also buy these three tapestries based on light novels that you should recognize on sight. The regular price of each ticket is 1,000 yen, whereas the three tapestries cost 2,000 yen more. The best part is that these tapestries are signed by their respective author and artist, which makes them a mustbuy for fans of the series. The Grand Dengeki Bunko Exhibition will be an important event held by one of the major players in Japans entertainment industries, so anyone who can attend should get their tickets immediately.
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/voice-actresses-idolmster-cinderellagirls-anime/ By SunSoftware on April 12th, 2013

The Idolm@ster CInderella Girls has become quite popular in Japan, even though the mobile game isnt available
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outside of Japan. Since you cant play the game, would you like to see the more recent idols in an anime? On April 10, there was an event in Ikebukuros Sunshine City to celebrate the release of The Idolm@sters newest single, Onegai! Cinderella. The voice actresses of the eleven idols featured in the CD made an appearance, including: Ayaka Ohashi (voice of Uzuki Shimamura) Minami Tsuda (Miho Kohinata) Yuka Ootsubo (Kanako Mimura) Ayaka Fukuhara (Rin Shibuya) Ruriko Aoki (Riina Tada) Maaya Uchida (Ranko Kanzaki) Sayuri Hara (Mio Honda) Haruka Yoshimura (Mika Jougasaki) Nozomi Yamamoto (Rika Jougasaki) Rei Matsuzaki (Kirari Moroboshi) Hiromi Igarashi (Anzu Futaba) Just like in the game, the singers were divided into three groups: Passion, Cool, and Cute. The idols they represent are pictured below. Those are some big wishes from the idols. Unlike the main line Idolm@ster games, Cinderella Girls focuses on collecting idols, who are represented by trading cards instead of 3D models, and there are over 100 idols in the game. Animating all of them would be a gargantuous project, although Namco Bandai could hold a poll to pick just a handful of idols to animate. Speaking of polls, Japan Columbia Records will hold the second official Cinderella Girl election, in which the five idols with the most votes will form a new unit. The election will be held from April 25 to May 8, and the new unit will release their debut album on May 22. Another announcement is that the first volumes of the three Cinderella Girls manga New Generation, Rocking Girl, and Shuffle! will be released on April 25.

With the help of manga, elections, and other feedback, maybe Namco Bandai will feature some of the Cinderella Girls in Idolm@ster 3, and then an anime. Could the Cinderella Girls become the stars of their own Cinderella Story? Source: Yaraon, Famitsu Despite the fact that the event took place in the middle of a weekday, over two thousand people came to see the idols. After several performances and talk sessions, the idols discussed the future development of the Cinderella Girls. When asked what their wishes were, the Passion group replied, An anime!, whereas the Cool group said, An anime, plus individual albums, covers, and duets, and the Cute group, We want to perform in a huge auditorium with all of the Cinderella Girls.

Zero no Tsukaimas Author Yamaguchi Noboru lost battle against cancer at age 41
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/tsukaimas-author-yamaguchinoboru-passed-away-age-41/ By hittokiri on April 12th, 2013

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Zero no Tsukaimas author, Yamaguchi Noboru has passed away on the 4th of April 2013 after a 2 year battle with cancer. He was 41 years old. His death was announced on the the Media Factory website by MF Bunko Js chief editor. The announcement caught many by surprise as he was still updating his tweeter account on the 31st of March. Yamaguchi Noboru debuted as a writer in 2000 with Sneaker Bunko magazine. In 2004, Zero no Tsukaima started serialization in the MF Bunko magazine. It was to be his most successful work. Zero no Tsukaima spans 20 volumes with another 5 volumes of side stories. It has been adapted into 4 seasons of anime, the last of which was Zero no Tsukaima F which aired in January 2012. In July 2011, he announced on the Media Factory website that he was diagnosed with cancer following a check up done in February of that year. It was deemed inoperable at the time of diagnosis but by August of that year an operation was done after it was found that conditions had improved. He had tweeted the success of the operation at that time. His funeral was held on the 10th of April 2013. Earlier at noon, Perfumes official site released details on its second world tour. The ladies will be performing in Germany, UK and France come July 2013. As Amuse probably has learnt that the ladies were visibly tired spreading their first world tour throughout four Asian countries, arrangements has been made for them to perform at these 3 countries within the first week of July 2013. Not to mention that ticket sales were also made available at the point of announcement. As for every other fan out there, they have a chance to ballot for a chance to purchase General Admission tickets. Sadly, it only applies to the Japanese and World account holders. Heres the concert details for the respective countries:

Source : Media Factory,Yaraon!,RBBToday

Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd details released


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/perfume-world-tour-2nd-detailsreleased/ By sentinel011 on April 12th, 2013

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VIP tickets are sold in the same manner as WORLD TOUR 1st, which means the first ticket holder gets to pick their perfect place first. Perfumes management probably felt that it was a great idea to have them perform in a region where electropop is widely accepted. They have probably eyed on France, since the country is reputed for being the most Japan-centric country in Europe; just look at the guest lists of the long running Japan Expo. As for Germany, what better country than to perform in the grand-daddy of all electronic music. UK had it covered, especially when Kyary and Utada Hikaru had performed there. Source: Perfume World Tour website AKB48s Kashiwagi Yuki is set to release her 2nd solo live, 2nd Solo Live Nete Mo Samete Mo Yukirin WORLD ~Muchuu Ni Sarechauzo ~ on DVD and Blu-ray on June 19. For her second live, which was held in Tokyo International Forum Hall A, 5000 fans have been chosen by lottery amongst approximately 70,000 that applied. She gave her all with a total of 18 songs in the live, including her debut single Shortcake and the acoustic version of Sakura No Ki Ni Narou, featuring the guitarist Oshio Kotaro, who has also played for her last December in the AKB Kouhaku and for her coupling track. During the live, Kashiwagi rode atop a 10-meter crane and expressed her gratitude to the fans while holding back her tears. The fans also cheered loudly and excitedly at Kashiwagis goal of going international. Aside from footage of the live itself, bonus footage consisting of live-preparation documentary and rehearsal will be included. A random special photo will also be included in the first press edition. Track List + Encore (15-18): 1. Kuchiutsushi No Chocolate 2. Enkyori Poster 3. Shonichi 4. Dragon Fruit No Tabegoro 5. GIVE ME FIVE! 6. Shortcake 7. Sakura No Ki Ni Narou Acoustic Ver. feat. Oshio Kotaro 8. Sore Demo Nakanai 9. Kazanbai 10. Jealousy Punch 11. Class-kai No Ato De 12. Miraibashi 13. Temodemo No Namida 14. Gingham Check 15. Eien Pressure 16. Iiwake Maybe

Kashiwagi Yuki releases 2nd solo Live on Blu-Ray and DVD


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kashiwagi-yuki-releases-2nd-sololive-blu-ray-dvd/ By Az on April 12th, 2013

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17. Romance Privacy 18. Yokaze No Shiwaza For those not familiar with Kashiwagi Yuki, check out the short version of her debut single, Shortcake. 16 members of AKB48 is also set to appear on Marina Bay Sands for Tokyo Auto Salon 2013. Though Kashiwagi will not be appearing there, popular members Akimoto Sayaka and Sato Amina will appear. Check this article for the complete member list and more details. Source: oricon

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EXILE member TAKAHIRO to release his first solo single


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/exile-member-takahiro-release-solosingle-time/ By ellehaym on April 12th, 2013

Track Information: CD 1. Issen Ichibyou 2. with 3. Futsukazuki 4. Yakusoku no Sora 5. Issen Ichibyou [Instrumental] 6. with [Instrumental] 7. Futsukazuki [Instrumental] 8. Yakusoku no Sora [Instrumental] DVD 1. Issen Ichibyou (music video) 2. Issen Ichibyou (making of the MV) Source: tokyohive

If TAKAHIRO happens to be your favorite EXILE vocalist, then you will soon hear the individual charms of his voice. The EXILE member will release his first solo single entitled Issen Ichibyou this June. The singles title track is about a maddening love and was also described as a forbidden love ballad. Odake Masato (the lyricist behind EXILEs Bloom) was the one who wrote the lyrics for Issen Ichibyou. TAKAHIRO himself also offered help in writing the lyrics of the title track. While waiting for the release of the single, heres a short version of Issen Ichibyou streamed via Avexs YouTube Channel: (Yep, thats a short PV right there. Its almost 5 minutes long, though) TAKAHIROs solo single will also include with, the song currently used for the 050plus commercial by NTT Communications. The single will be available in two editions: Single + DVD

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Their DVD-ROM collection, featuring their cosplay works in Taiwan, will also be sold at the event. To get to the Fuwa Fuwa Run Maid Cafe held at Casie & Mums, check out the following link.

Guest cosplayers Neneko & Momo to grace Fuwa Fuwa Run Maid Cafe
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/guest-cosplayers-neneko-momograce-fuwa-fuwa-run-maid-cafe/ By sentinel011 on April 16th, 2013

Tokyo Auto Salon Singapores highlights & observations


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/tokyo-auto-salon-singaporeshighlights-observations/ By sentinel011 on April 16th, 2013

SGCafe attended last weekends Tokyo Auto Salon in Marina Bay Sands exhibition halls to check out itashas and hot race queens. When we were there on Friday, its opening day, the crowds were few before lunch, but it gained momentum with more people walking to the event. Hardcore AKB48 fans queued since early morning, some coming down from Changi Airport as the girls arrived only in the wee hours of that morning.

Fuwa Fuwa Run Maid Cafe, a new maid cafe concept not unlike Anime Festival Asias Moe Moe Kyun Maid Cafe, will be having its dbut event this coming Saturday, 20 April. According to its press release, the event will see specially trained maids who will serve guests with different personas such as Tsundere, Gothic Lolita, Boukko, Meganekko and Chunnibyou. Part of the proceeds from the sales of its set meals will be donated to the Singapore Childrens Society. The organizers have invited Neneko and Momo as special guests to compliment the maid cafe concept. The two bubbly and cute cosplayers who did Tamako Market and Sword Art Online photoshoots together will offer free Polaroid opportunities for all patrons at the Fuwa Fuwa Run Maid Cafe. They will also be selling exclusive glossy A4 photo prints not yet sold elsewhere, even in their home country. The race queens at the various booths didnt appear until noon, 2 hours after opening. Most of them were local and Malaysian, with a couple from Taiwan. Saturday and Sunday saw more race queens per booth, though, but that is to be expected since many would be unable to make it on Friday due to work commitments, and the organizers would know that.

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Tokyo Auto Salon tries to bring out the original experience from Japan, held mostly in Chibas Makuhari Messe. In almost every sense, the Singapore counterpart was a mere fraction of the original. Cars and custom body kits were generally less impressive, and mostly with local modding flavours. We had hoped that the Tokyo Auto Salon brand name would drive custom body kit workshops to bring out more sleek and impressive mods to the car displays. Another letdown would be the grandeur and prestige Tokyo Auto Salon is mostly known for. Booths felt tame and unexciting, a far cry from the original. It felt more like an Automotive Expo in almost every aspect. There was a lack of itashas as well, and the only one we spotted was a locally modded car spotting Miku Racing decals.

anything to occupy their young minds with within the hall! Tokyo Auto Salon Singapores content caters exactly for the middle age men, of which some of them are car enthusiasts. We were surprised that the S$25 entrance ticket did little to deter guys from the event, given that how Singaporeans typically complain about rising prices everywhere. All in all, Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore was a decent experience for local males looking to have a visual feast of cars and babes, but for practically everyone else, the show just need slightly more polish over its rough surface to attract more visitors over. Without further ado, heres some coverage photos for you to drool over.

However, whats great is that the organizers managed to cater to Japanese idol fanatics, especially those who came down especially for AKB48. The mosh pit pass right in front of the main stage had optimal viewing angle and distance. Yet there were a couple of times where the angle was too good; from our photographers perspective anyway. We let you guess on what we mean by this too good angle. The short live performances by the girls were typical AKB48 flavour, as seen in the previous years back when they performed monthly at *SCAPE Warehouse. And about the cars and the various mods, we do spot a couple of great ones showcased at the event. Concept cars currently not officially in production yet were nice to ogle and drool over, not to mention spotting the beautifully painted Lamborghini Aventador, in a shade of yellow that gives off a slight aurora sheen when light reflects on it. Very nice.

Singaporeans, especially middle age men were down mostly for the babes. While the J-Girls were of similar standards to the female promoters we have spotted at last years Tokyo Game Show, the rest werent half bad either. Children below 12 years of age have to pay S$10 to enter, but there wasnt
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The official website for the Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko anime has updated with the specials for the 1st Bluray and DVD releases, and there are 2 different special editions for the Bluray. The Delusion pack will come with a Sleeping Together sheet of Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko, with original art drawn by the character designer Kantoku.

Hennekos 1st Bluray Special Edition Delusion Pack Comes With Bedsheet
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/hennekos-1st-bluray-special-editiondelusion-pack-bedsheet/

Both the Delusion Pack and the normal Special Edition of the Bluray will also come with a Tsukiko character song and soundtrack compilation CD, as well as a priority preorder

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ticket for a future Henneko event. Both Bluray Editions will also have a sleeve case with original art by Kantoku.

Good Smile x Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafes Disgaea D2 Cafe Menu and Novelty Items Revealed
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/good-smile-karaoke-tetsujin-cafesdisgaea-d2-cafe-menu-novelty-items-revealed/ By Xak on April 16th, 2013

And all editions, including the DVD edition, will contain a short novel by the author of the original work, Sagara Sou, as well as a short comic done by Okomeken, the artist for the Henneko manga. Both the normal Bluray Special Edition and the DVD edition will have an illustration sheet of Tsukiko featuring original art by Kantoku. The jacket art for all editions is also an original illustration by Kantoku.

Good Smile x Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe is having a collaboration with Disgaea D2 by Nippon Ichi, and the Disgaea D2 cafe will be running from 16th April to 6th May. And this is its special menu!

The Henneko 1st Bluray and DVD editions are scheduled to release on 26th June, with a price of 9800yen for the Bluray Delusion Pack, 6800yen for the normal Bluray Special Edition, and 4800yen for the DVD edition.

Etna Active Volcano Mapo Tofu with Mandaragora (Mandrake) Salad Set And the special main course is a fiery dish with Etnas name in it. Fitting for a demon with a temper like hers. To ease the pain it comes with a salad set to help soothe your taste buds. Unless you are the type that prefers them to keep burning.
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And as the norm, when you order items from the special menu you will be able to get some novelty items along with the meal. And first up are these coasters of Etna, Laharl and Flonne, all returning characters from the original Disgaea.

Laharls Character Drink and Clione Kudzu Manjuu Dessert Laharls colours are blue and red, so that drink looks really good and fizzy and cooling, something you might need after Etna. And for dessert, you can have some of Cliones Manjuu. And next we have can badges of Barbara and Sicily, both new characters. Barbara is a challenger for the title of Overlord, while Sicily is Laharls little sister.

And the last item is a luncheon mat featuring Etna, Laharl and Flonne once again Source: 4Gamer.net

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Girls und Panzer featured in DVD about tanks


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/girls-und-panzer-featured-japandefense-forces-informational-dvd/ By SunSoftware on April 16th, 2013

As fans of the anime know, Yukari, voiced by Ikumi Nakagami, is a passionate tank fanatic, and in this 65-minute video, she finally gets to advocaate tanks to her hearts content. In addition, people who buy all three Yoku Wakaru! DVDs can receive the movie Kizuna no Kioku and a chance to win a photograph of a Type-10 autographed by Nakagami.

Its not every day that you hear the words Japan Ground Self-Defense Force associated with anime, but the military faction has managed to make the news with an unusual collaboration with Girls und Panzer. The video publisher Liverpool recently announced three new titles in the Self-Defense Force educational DVD series. Titled Yoku Wakaru! (Understand Well!), there are three videos for Japans Ground Self-Defense Force, Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Air Self-Defense Force. Girls und Panzer, for those who dont know, is an anime about girls who fight in tanks as a school sport. The Yoku Wakaru! titles will be available in Lawson and Sankus stores across Japan on May 13 for 1,980 yen, so fans of Girls und Panzer who are curious about real tanks should give them a try. As odd as it may seem, this isnt the first time the military collaborated with Girls und Panzer. On March 24, the town of Ooarai (which served as a model of the characters home in the anime) held the Girls und Panzer Kairaku Festa, where the JGSDF brought an actual Type-74.

While you may prefer one military branch over another, the best DVD out of these three is the Ground Self-Defense Forces solely because it includes audio commentary by the character Yukari Akiyama from Girls und Panzer.

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Source: MoeOtanews, Liverpool

Ikimonogakari to sing theme song for Pokemon movie, plus a new album and tour
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/ikimonogakari-sing-theme-songpokemon-movie-album-tour/ By Az on April 15th, 2013

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu sings and dances with a crowd of 2100 in New York live
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/enjoy-kyary-pamyu-pamyuattracts-2300-york-live/ By Az on April 15th, 2013

It has been decided that Ikimonogakari will sing the theme song for Pokemon the Movie: Shinsoku no Genesect / Mewtwo Awakens, to be shown in theaters on July 13. Furthermore, they will be releasing their sixth album on July 24 and will have a nationwide tour that will start on September. The new song for the Pokemon movie is Egao, a song composed and written by the guitarist Mizuno Yoshiki and arranged by music producer Kameda Seiji. The song has an emotionally moving melody with its positive and encouraging message delivered by vocalist Yoshioka Kiyoe with her bright and comforting voice. The chaku-uta version of Egao will be released on April 20 and will be released as the 26th single on July 10. The first press edition will contain a CD for Pokemon Tretta, a Pokemon arcade game. This is the first time this has been done for a single. Furthermore, Ikimonogakari will release the Calpis CM song 1 2 3~Koi Ga Hajimaru~ on June 5, making it a two-month consecutive single release with Egao. For more details on the June single and the CM, refer to this article. It will be the first time in Ikimonogakaris eight years that they will release an album in summer so it is interesting to see how different it will be. And with album in hand, they will have a tour that will start in September and end in December. They will have a total of 25 performances and are expected to draw a total of 200,000 people.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has just held a successful live in Best Buy Theater, New York as part of her world tour, 100%KPP WORLD TOUR. Coming fresh from her Los Angeles live last April 12, for her second US live, she has just performed in New York in front of 2100 people. She appeared in her red and white Furisodeshon dress and greeted the crowd, in mixed English and Japanese. Hello! Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! Are you all having fun? ENJOY! It will only be a short live but Ill sing many songs for you!, says Kyary. In the middle part of the live, Kyary changes to a lavender outfit and sings song from her first album, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Revolution. Right after songs from that album, she sings her new song, Invader Invader. Though the single is yet to be sold, the crowd was still able to the choreography because of its catchy yet easy to mimic movements. The joyful crowd dances along as one as Kyary sings. During the encore, Kyary returns to stage wearing the world tour shirt and takes a picture with the crowd, and performs Tsukematsukeru as the last song. The venue echoes with the Kyary and the crowds voices singing the
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songs chorus. Kyary has captivated the New Yorkers and has had a splendid finish to her US leg of the tour. Only two performances left and the tour is done. Next stop for Kyary is Singapores SCAPE Warehouse! Check here for more details on the Singapore live and here for Invader Invader.

Second season of Tamayura gets official title and new character


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/character-kanae-revealed-tamayuraaggressive/ By SunSoftware on April 15th, 2013

Tamayura, the anime that started as an OVA series in 2010, has been described as relaxing and heartwarming, Those of you who have never watched the series will get a chance when the second season airs in July. Tamayura is about a girl named Fuu Sawatari whose father passed away five years earlier. Fuu moves to her fathers hometown, Takehara, and attends the school there, where she practices photography with the film camera he left behind. The series is directed by Junichi Satou, who is responsible for the famously peaceful Aria: The Animation. At the Tamayura promotion event held in Tokyo Dome City Hall on April 14, the staff from TYO Animations announced the official title of the second season: Tamayura ~More Aggressive~ source: natalie They also confirmed that the opening and ending themes will be performed by the same artists as the first season, Maaya Sakamoto and Megumi Nakajima, so fans of the series can look forward to those singers returning. In addition, they revealed a new character, Kanae Mitani, whom you can see below. The voice actress playing her will be Ai Kayano, who also played Inori from Guilty Crown and Mashiro from Pet na Kanojo.

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What happens when Dengeki Bunko, one of the largest light novel publishers in Japan, teams up with Sega and the original character designer of Hatsune Miku? As part of Dengeki Bunkos 20th anniversary celebration, they are joining forces with Sega and Vocaloid designer KEI to create the novel Sega Hard Girls Story. The novel features several goddesses themed around Segas past game systems, as seen below (left to right): the Dreamcast, Saturn, Mega Drive, Game Gear, and Master System.

Kanae is a Takehara resident who goes to the same school as Fuu. Like Fuu, Kanae enjoys photography, but she tends to overthink things, leading to analysis paralysis. There were a lot of fans at the event, who were all excited when Kanae was revealed. Also present were various cast members, including Ayana Taketatsu, Kana Asumi, and Yuka Iguchi. With so many people supporting Tamayura, you may want to watch the second season when it airs this July. Source: Anime!Anime!

Novel Sega Hard Girls Story turns Sega systems into girls
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/sega-hard-girls-story-turns-segasystems-goddesses/ By SunSoftware on April 15th, 2013

In the novel, these goddesses will live ordinary lives in modern Japan and share characteristics with their respective hardware, so longtime fans of Segas systems will be able to find a lot of inside jokes. The story will be written by Tooru Shiwasu, the author of Boku to Kanojo no Game Sensou, and include illustrations and character designs by KEI. Sega Hard Girls Story, which will be published in Dengeki Bunko Magazine starting on June 10, is the first part of the Dengeki Bunko vs. Sega project. As the second part of the project, Sega game centers across Japan will have illustrations of Kirino and Kuroneko from OreImo dressed in Sega costumes to promote Dengekis anniversary and cheer on gamers.

Dengeki has a lot more plans they havent revealed yet. Just recently, they announced their grand exhibition opening this month. To celebrate twenty years of producing quality novels, what will they do next? Source: Hachima Kikou

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S.H. Figuarts to release a Sailor Moon figure this August


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/s-h-figuarts-release-sailor-moonfigure-august/ By ellehaym on April 15th, 2013

The figure is priced at 4,410 JPY (55.82 SGD). North American Sailor Moon fans also have a reason to rejoice during the franchises 20th anniversary celebration. Bandais official distributor in North America, Bluefin, has confirmed the release of this figure in August/September. The U.S. MSRP will be announced soon. A special site has been opened for upcoming Sailor Moon figure. You can check it out for further updates. The 20th anniversary celebration of Sailor Moon is making 2013 a special year for fans of the franchise. Aside from the new anime adaptation of Naoko Takeuchis manga announced last year, a Sailor Moon figure by S.H. Figuarts is slated for release in Japan this coming August. Now that a highly poseable Sailor Moon figure is coming this year, Im hoping that Bandai would make things more magical in the future. A Tuxedo Mask figure, perhaps? Sources: S.H.Figuarts Natalie and Bluefin ,

This dynamic figure lets you recreate various poses of the popular heroine, including the pose that she executes every time she utters her signature line, In the name of the moon I will punish you! S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon figure stands at 14 centimeters and includes the following parts: Facial expressions (3 pieces) Interchangeable left hands (3 pieces) Interchangeable right hands (5 pieces) Sailor Moons talking black cat, Luna Moon Sticks (2 pieces) Parts for the Moon Tiara Action attack

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture two bands held a special session together. In this session, flumpools vocalist, Yamamura Ryouta, sang in Chinese for one of the songs. Check this article for more information.

flumpool to hold a Special Anniversary Live for 5th Year since debut + first BD release
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/flumpool-hold-special-anniversarylive-5th-year-debut/ By Az on April 18th, 2013

flumpool is also going to release a new single (still untitled) this early summer and will their first ever blu-ray, Special Live 2013 experience at YOKOHAMA ARENA on April 24. More details are to be announced in a few days so keep an eye on them. Heres a digest for the BD. source: natalie, flumpool Official Website

Gingitsune manga to receive anime adaptation


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/gingitsune-manga-receive-animeadaptation/ By ellehaym on April 18th, 2013

flumpool will be holding a 5th-year anniversary live in Nippon Budoukan for two consecutive days. The lives will be on October 1 and 2. This news was announced yesterday, April 17, in NHK Tokyo Hall during the earth day live, TOKYO FM & JFM present EARTH x HEART LIVE 2013. The band will be celebrating its 5th year on October 1. The band also stated why they chose Budoukan as the place for the special live. Right after our debut, we were plunged into a completely environment. We want to stand again in that place where we, for the first time, felt that we had actually achieved or acquired something in the midst of our continuous struggles. Each and every one of the shining moments we had during these past five years, we want to give it all back to everyone in these two lives., says the band. Because of that, they decided to hold a live for two consecutive days in Budoukan. In EARTH x HEART LIVE,flumpool appeared with Mayday, a band from Taiwan. In the final moments of the live, the

Ultra Jumps May issue is announcing that Sayori Ochiais manga, Gingitsune (Silver Fox), will be getting an anime adaptation. The staff information has been included along with the announcement. The story of the manga focuses on Makoto Saeki, a girl who was given the power to see and talk to Gintaro after her mothers death. Gintaro is a fox spirit messenger for the gods who has been guarding the Inari temple since the Edo period. Despite the differences between the two, Makoto
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and Gintaro still cooperate in helping the people of their community solve their issues.

Staff information: Directed by Shin Misawa (Capeta) Series Composition by Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Rosario + Vampire) Character Design by Maiko Matsumoto, Naomi Ide (Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?) Production Studio: Diomedea Gingitsune has a drama CD with a cast that includes Kanae Itou, Toshihiko Seki, Machiko Kawana, Umeka Shouji and Yusei Oda. However, it hasnt been confirmed if these voice actors will be reprising their roles in the upcoming anime. Upon reading the synopsis about the manga, I was reminded of Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsumes Book of Friends). This may be a seinen manga, but if you loved the adventures of Natsume and Nyanko-sensei, this might just be your cup of tea. Sources: , MyAnimeList and Baka-Updates

Ace Attorney 5 pre-purchase bonus and limited edition information revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/ace-attorney-5-pre-purchase-bonuslimited-edition-information-revealed/

Preorders have officially started today (both special and regular editions) on the 18th April for Ace Attorney 5 in Japan, which includes several attractive bonuses and of course, the game itself. Famitsu has confirmed that the game will be available on 25th July, but if you have been on Capcoms website before then, the release date was actually leaked some time ago before being taken down again.

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Apollo Justice: casual outfit designed by Kazuya Nuri.

Similarly to its previous releases, there are three different editions with different bonuses you can preorder aside from the regular release. The Limited Edition, as stated earlier, will provide a 1/10 Phoenix Wright figure, a 3DS pouch, character stickers, and if you ordered from e-Capcom, they will give you not one, but all three of the special replacement jackets. The Limited Edition will go for 9, 990 yen (tax included). If you arent such an avid collector of figurines, or choose not to have it, you can always go for the cheaper Extended Edition priced at 7, 590 yen (tax included), which includes all the bonuses of the Limited Edition, minus the figurine. Oh, but sadly, you will only get one random replacement jacket out of the three. Or instead, if you want just the figurine, e-Capcom also provides a Figure Edition, which is going for 8, 990 yen. Included in it is the 1/10 Phoenix Wright scale figure, and one randomly chosen replacement jacket. Kokone: sailor uniform. To sum up:

In addition to this, Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice and Kokone Kizuki will get free, downloadable costumes for a limited period until 15th August. LIMITED EDITION (9, 990 yen): 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Ace Attorney 5 catridge 1/10 Phoenix Wright scale figure 3DS pouch Character stickers 3 replacement jackets

Phoenix Wright: his suit from Ace Attorney 3.

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REGULAR EDITION (5, 990 yen): 1) 2) Ace Attorney 5 catridge 1 replacement jacket (out of the 3 available)

All four editions will be released on 25th July. Source: famitsu, e-Capcom

EXILEs 2014 plans announced


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/exiles-2014-plans-announced/ By ellehaym on April 18th, 2013

EXTENDED EDITION (7, 590 yen): 1) 2) 3) 4) Ace Attorney 5 catridge 3DS pouch Character stickers 1 replacement jacket (out of the 3 available)

EXILE began their EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013: EXILE PRIDE at the Kyocera Dome Osaka last April 16. During this event, the members have revealed their 2014 plans which are collectively named EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR 2014. FIGURE EDITION (8, 990 yen): 1) 2) 3) Ace Attorney 5 catridge 1/10 Phoenix Wright scale figure 1 replacement jacket (out of the 3 available) Early this month, EXILE leader Hiro has officially announced that he will be retiring from the group this 2013. He will then focus on producing live performances and events for EXILE TRIBE. Twelve projects were initially revealed and the additional plans will be announced later. Below is the list of EXILE TRIBEs 2014 projects: Sandaime J Soul Brothers LIVE TOUR EXILE ATSUSHI SOLO LIVE TOUR EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR 2014 SPECIAL STAGE DJ MAKIDAI presents CLUB EXILE DANCE EARTH Project Performance EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR 2014 SPECIAL STAGE THE SURVIVAL 10Days!! (with performances by THE SECOND from EXILE, Sandaime J Soul Brothers, GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE and EXILE TAKAHIRO) VOCAL BATTLE BATTLE STAGE AUDITION Presents VOCAL

Gekidan EXILE Performance


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Izakaya Exile EXILE CUP 2014 Musha Shugyou EX SHOW 2014 EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR LIVE TOUR TOWER OF WISH 2014 Aside from these 2014 plans, the additional tour dates for EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013: EXILE PRIDE were also announced: September 1 and 2 Kyocera Dome Osaka in Osaka September 11 and 12 Nagoya Dome in Aichi September 21 and 22 Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome in Fukuoka Source: tokyohive

Last February, the general manager of Square Enixs figure brand, PLAY ARTS -KAI-, tweeted about the perfume inspired by Final Fantasy Versus XIIIs prince protagonist. Despite this recent teaser, nothing new was revealed about the game up until now. Are you excited for the upcoming announcement? Sources: Kotaku and Gematsu

Trailer and cast revealed for loli anime Tenshi no Drop


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/trailer-cast-revealed-loli-animetenshi-drop/ By SunSoftware on April 18th, 2013

New info on Final Fantasy Versus XIII coming soon


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/info-final-fantasy-xiii-coming/ By ellehaym on April 18th, 2013

Coming next month, between the spring and summer anime lineup, is Tenshi no Drop, a peculiar anime that describes itself as a school yuri comedy that appeals to fetishes. The anime Tenshi no Drop is based on a web comic of the same name created by Chizuna Nakajima. The story begins with two girls named Botan and Shinobu who enter St. Asmaria Girls Academy. There, an angel named Un gives her halo to Botan, which she gladly eats(!). After consuming the halo, Botan realizes she has the power to give birth to Angel Eggs. That is when Un tells her that if she gives birth to 10,000 Angel Eggs, her wish will be granted! Watch the short promo below to get a peek of Botan and her friends giving birth to Angel Eggs (no, you dont need to be 18 years or older to watch). The cast was also recently revealed, which includes: Botan: Rei Matsuzaki (Kanon from Jewelpet Sunshine) Shinobu: Mai Gotou (Mizuki from ef a tale of memories) Un: Hiromi Igarashi (Hina from Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai!) Hibachi: Yuiko Tatsumi (Mio from Little Busters) Momoko: Sachika Misawa (Kuroyukihime from Accel World)

The date has been finalised for the release of new information on Final Fantasy Versus XIII. But when is it exactly? Unfortunately, Final Fantasy Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura has remained silent during his recent guesting in a Square Enix radio show. However, he did point out that preparations are being made. Heres the statement by Nomura during the said radio program: Even within the company its a very delicate problem. The date when we can concretely lift the ban has been decided and we are preparing for that moment. Maybe the details as to why information couldnt be released might be touched upon at the next information announcement. Im sorry its already overdue, but please wait just a little more.

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Fans of lolis and mild yuri should keep an eye on Tenshi no Drop when it airs on May 12. Source: Tenshi no Drop homepage

Battlefield 3 PC for five bucks??


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/battlefield-3-pc-bucks/ By sentinel011 on April 18th, 2013

Spotify has gained a substantial following across the Western and European song market, and finally reached Singapores shores, officially opening their services. Music fans from Singapore can now enjoy free on-demand access to over 20 million tracks, legally. Spotify offers a social experience with how you listen your music. You and your friends can share your playlists, similar to music.fm, just a lot more fun and intuitive. The free Spotify service offers the free service on your computer, but it comes with both visual and audio ads. The audio ads behaves very much like radio advertisements. The paid service, Spotify Premium, charges SGD$9.90 per month. Heres what you get for your membership: - Download music and listen offline on all your devices PC, iPhone, iPad, android devices and tablets, as well as music players - no advertisements SGCafe tested Spotify to see if their playlist has Japanese Pop and Anison titles and artistes. I have created an account and tried searching for the following artistes: - T.M. Revolution - Perfume - L`arc~en~Ciel - KOTOKO - Sphere - FLOW - Kurosaki Maon - LUNA SEA - Namie Amuro - Ayumi Hamasaki - AKB48

Thinking on means and ways to purchase an A-list game title for less than 10 bucks? EA just revealed their Mystery Deal title up recently on their Origin store. The title is none other than Battlefield 3, going for just five bucks. You can grab the digital copy over at Origin store starting from 12PM tomorrow, 19 April. The promotion lasts for 12 hours, so get your e-wallets ready! Unfortunately, this deal does not include the five DLCs, but hey, one cant complain too much on such a sweet price, no?

Spotify launches services in Singapore


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/spotify-launches-services-singapore/ By sentinel011 on April 18th, 2013

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all the way to Reinas hometown, Fukuoka. The live and live-viewing is under the title Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Spring, MICHISHIGEELEVEN SOUL ~Tanaka Reina Graduation Day~ in Nippon Budoukan. It will be shown in 15 areas, 18 theaters all over Japan. Unfortunately, Spotify does not cater to Japanese music fans, and not many titles or albums were present in their song list. Even popular mainstream artistes like T.M Revolution, Namie Amuro, LUNA SEA and Ayumi Hamasaki did not appear in their title list. We hope the list of Japanese music titles and artistes would grow in Spotifys title lists. Below are pictures from the release event along with the CD jackets of the single. The single will have seven editions: five limited and two regular. The limited editions will contain a second disk with different videos each edition.

Tanaka Reinas last Morning Musume song skyrockets to rank 1 in the Oricon + graduation concert
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/tanaka-reinas-morning-musumesong-skyrockets-1-oricon-graduation-concert/ By Az on April 17th, 2013

Idol group Morning Musume has held a special release event for their latest single, Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nanimo Iranai, in Ikebukuro, Tokyo just yesterday. It is in this event that Morning Musumes current leader Michishige Sayumi announced that their latest single has just acquired the top spot in the Oricon Daily Ranking Charts in its first day. This news was met with loud cheering from the 2000 people who attended. 6th generation member Tanaka Reinas graduation will be at Nippon Budoukan on May 21. This will be my last single with the group so I thought that this will be more of a spreading my wings kind of song, but its actually a very cool song that fits the current Morning Musume. In addition to that, this single is a special double-A. Im very happy to have this single as my last and to graduate with it. comments Reina about the single. Furthermore, Michishige announced that the graduation concert at Nippon Budoukan will be relayed live to theaters all around Japan. The concert will be shown from Hokkaido,
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submitting receipt numbers on their special website. When you submit the receipt numbers, you gain points which you can use to enter a drawing to win several prizes. 200 people who collect 20 points will win a ticket to the Idolm@ster Million Lives special event in LiveGate Tokyo on August 11, featuring the voice actresses of Idolm@ster. More details on the event are yet to come.

source: natalie, Oricon

50 people who collect 10 points will win a 3D poster of Emily Stewart signed by the idol herself (actually, by her voice actress Yuu Kahara). 500 people who collect 5 points will win a cute figure of Yayoi produced by MegaHouse, available nowhere else.

The Idolm@ster holding prize campaign with Lawson


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/idolmster-holding-prize-campaignlawson/ By SunSoftware on April 17th, 2013

3,000 people who collect 1 point will win a set of three cell phone straps modeled after the idols Hinata Kinoshita, Emily Stewart, and Matsuri Tokugawa. Finally, the first 1,000 people to collect twenty points and dont manage to win tickets to the event will get a consolation prize of a file with an illustration of Emily on one side and a group shot of all of the Million Live idols on the other.

The Idolm@ster is starting a campaign with the convenience store Lawson in which customers can get a variety of prizes, ranging from magnets to tickets to an upcoming concert in Tokyo. The Idolm@ster Million Live campaign will run from April 23 to May 27. If you live in Japan, you can participate in their receipt program by buying select Kirin drinks at Lawson and
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As if that wasnt enough, players of the Million Live social game who obtain the magnets will also have a chance to win an in-game item.

Furthermore, if you buy a Kirin brand cola, milk, or coffee at Lawson, you will get a special magnet sheet with a total of 48 magnets featuring the idols of Million Live.

The Idolm@ster and Lawson have even more surprises planned for their campaign, so get ready to buy a lot of drinks. Source: Lawson

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture first couple of episodes present itself, the music arrangement is also top notch, highlighting key moments of tragedy and drama. Also worthy of mention is the fantastic voice cast, with Yuki Kaji (Silver Crow/Haruyuki from Accel World) as protaganist Eren Jaeger, newcomer Ishikawa Yui as adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and Marina Inoue (Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) as Armin Arlelt. Other great voice actors include Saki Fujita (Hatsune Miku from the Vocaloid series) as a manly female Ymir, Yuu Kobayashi as Sasha Potato Girl Braus and Shiori Mikami (Akari Akaza from Yuruyuri) as the petite beauty Christa Renz. Although the source material has currently about 50 chapters of material, it does not seem to end any time soon. The anime is tentatively slated for a 2-cour 25 episode run, which could mean two things: a likely season 2, or an animeoriginal ending. Most series have already aired, and we have listed a couple that you should be looking out for. Here are two series that missed our radar that you should absolutely catch.

Spring 2013 anime titles: The Dark Horses


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/spring-2013-anime-titles-darkhorses/ By sentinel011 on April 22nd, 2013

Red Data Girl

Shingeki no Kyojin

The award winning manga finally made its first anime adaptation since its first serialization in Bessatsu Shnen Magazine. Set in a fictional world where the human population had to live within 3 huge walls protected against the Titans, who devours any human on sight. The story revolves around Eren Jaeger, who vowed revenge against the Titans after the appearance of a colossal Titan that destroyed the wall in his district, causing the loss of his home and mother to a Titan. Also known as Attack on Titan, the medieval fantasy story has impeccable pacing, and while the art isnt fantastic, the engaging plot makes up for it. Moreover, the anime heightens the manga experience. With Production I.G. aiding Wit Studios first full fledged anime series production, Tetsuro Araki heading the direction (who is involved with Highschool of the Deads direction as well, so you can count on having fabulous action angles) and Sawako Hiroyuki (Episode 6 of Gundam Unicorn) handling the musical arrangement, one can expect great action sequences. As the

The series production involves P.A. Works and Kishida Mels line art, which has spelt a lesser than stellar reception among anime viewers, probably due to the source material not translating into anime as seamlessly as it was thought out to be. However, Red Data Girl is looking to be a great series, with the rise in pacing and character development from the third episode onwards. Voicing the meek but strong willed female protagonist Suzuhara Izumiko is Hayami Saori, well known for voicing soft spoken characters such as Bakumans Miho Azuki. The male lead, Miyuki Sagara, is voiced by harem king Uchiyama Kouki. Uchiyamas first role is IS -Infinite Stratos- male protagonist, Ichika Orimura, who is in a typical harem setting flanked by beautiful ladies vying for his attention and love.

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The series is currently at episode six in niconico, a three episode head start from its television broadcast, and is expected to be a 1-cour series.

Original Creator: Izuru Yumizuru Director: Yasuhito Kikuchi Character Design: Kumi Horii (Seitokai no Ichizon) Mechanical Design: Takeshi Takakura, CHOCO (Busou Shinki) Music Composition: Hikaru Nanase Studio: 8-Bit The date for the second season is yet to be announced. On a related note, a complete Blu-ray box set of the first season will be released on August 28.

Infinite Stratos season 2 and BD box set announced


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/infinite-stratos-season-2-bd-box-setannounced/ By SunSoftware on April 22nd, 2013

For fans of the first season, the box set will feature: All 12 episodes Rumors have spread for a while, but fans of Infinite Stratos will be happy to hear that a second season of the sci-fi romantic comedy has been officially announced. IS <Infinite Stratos> is set in the future, when women are trained to pilot mechs called Infinite Stratos (IS). A boy named Ichika Orimura becomes the first male in history to be capable of piloting an IS, and is forced to enter Infinite Stratos Academy, a high school filled with girls from all over the world training to use IS. Along with the announcement of the second season, the studio 8-bit also revealed this short promo video. Fans of the series will have noticed two new characters, Tatenashi and Kanzaki Sarashiki. The other characters will be played by the same cast members as the previous season. Ichika Orimura: Kouki Uchiyama (Roxas from Kingdom Hearts 2) Houki Shinonono: Youko Hikasa (Mio from K-ON!) Cecilia Alcott: Yukana (Shirahoshi from One Piece) Huang Lingyin: Asami Shimoda (Ami and Mami from The Idolm@ster) Charlotte Dunois: Kana Hanazawa (Kuroneko from OreImo) Laura Bodewig: Marina Inoue (Yozora from Haganai) The staff is almost the same as in the first season. This time, the character designer has changed, and CHOCO will contribute to mecha designs. The OVA IS <Infinite Stratos> Encore: Koi ni Kogareru Sextet Footage from the One-Off Festival from August 2011 Over five hours of bonus footage An exclusive novel by the original author Izuru Yumizuru A 300-page document booklet A pamphlet and photo collection of the One-Off Festival Finally, the light novel series will be published by Overlap starting on April 25, after the first seven volumes were released by Media Factory from 2009 to 2011. Overlap has also released this commercial to promote the reboot of the series. The world of Infinite Stratos is growing, so fans of the series can rejoice. Source: IS homepage, Amazon

Rozen Maiden anime 2013: original cast members return for the new adaptation
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/original-anime-cast-membersreturn-anime-adaptation-rozen-maiden/

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If you were following the previous series, then Im sure Ali Projects neoclassical darkwave songs grew on you. Fortunately, we will once again hear them perform an opening song for Rozen Maiden. Aside from the new adaptation, an adventure game adaptation of the manga will be released by 5pb. following the animes premiere this July. The game is planned for the PS3 and PS Vita. Source: !

Gin no Saji TV Anime Official Web Site Reveals Character Designs


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/gin-saji-tv-anime-official-web-sitereveals-character-designs/ By hittokiri on April 21st, 2013

Last month, it was revealed that a new adaptation of PeachPits Rozen Maiden will premiere this summer in Japan. Now, the 21st and 22nd combined issue of Weekly Young Jump published by Shueisha is revealing the character designs along with the cast and staff of the upcoming anime. The original cast members are returning for this new adaptation, with the addition of Ryota Ohsaka and Chiemi Chiba. Cast Info: Ryota Ohsaka as Jun Sakurada Asami Sanada as Jun Sakurada (middle school) Rie Tanaka as Suigintou Yumi Shimura as Kanaria Natsuko Kuwatani as Suiseiseki Rika Morinaga as Souseiseki Miyuki Sawashiro as Shinku Sakura Nogawa as Hinaichigo Chiemi Chiba as Kirakishou Staff Info: Director: Mamoru Hatakeyama (Sankarea) Script Supervision: Tomomi Mochizuki (Fancy Lala) Character Designer and Chief Animation Director: Kyuta Sakai (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) Music Composition: Shinkichi Mitsumune (the composer behind the previous Rozen Maiden series) Animation Production: Studio DEEN

Following the recent announcement of its scheduled July airing, Gin no Saji TV Animes official website has started to reveal the character designs of its main characters.

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Characters whose designs have been revealed so far are Hachiken Yugo ( ), the main protagonist of the manga. Mikage Aki ( ), a cheerful first year equestrian club member who is very enthusiastic about horses. Komaba Ichirou ( ), a skilled baseball player who wishes to become a professional ball player. Tokiwa Keiji ( ), Yugos close friend who has a tendency to get himself into trouble. Inada Tamako ( ), a rich classmate whose family runs a large industrial farm. Aikawa Shinnosuke ( ), Yugos friend who wishes to become a veterinarian. Gin no Saji TV Anime will begin airing in July on Fuji TVs noitamina time slot. Source : Yaraon!, Gin no Saji Anime

The movie will star Suda Masaki () as Tadakuni, Nomura Shuhei () as Yoshitake and Yoshizawa Ryou () as Hidenori.

Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou to get Live Action Movie


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/danshi-koukousei-nichijou-liveaction-movie/ By hittokiri on April 21st, 2013

Other cast members include Okamoto Anri (), Yamamoto Mitsuki (), Taiga (), Kakuta Akihiro ( ), Higashimukai Koushirou (), Kurihara Rui (), Uema Mio (), Miura Touko (), Yamaya Kasumi (), Shiratori Kumiko (), Takatsuki Sara (), Koike Yui (), Okuno Eita () and Satou Jirou (). Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is a manga series by Yamauchi Yasunobu. It was serialized on Square Enixs online magazine Gangan Online from May 2009 to September 2012. The manga has been compiled into 7 volumes. It was previously adapted into a 12 episode TV anime by Sunrise Studios and aired from January 2012 to March 2012. The current live action adaptation movie is scheduled to premiere in October 2013. Source : Seiyu Fan, Eiga.com, dannichi-movie.com

Mizuki Nana to be guest on Shin Domoto Kyoudai


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/mizuki-nana-guest-shin-domotokyoudai/ By hittokiri on April 21st, 2013

A live action adaptation of the popular gag manga Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou has been announced. The live action movie will be directed by Matsui Daigo ().

Mizuki Nana will be a guest on Shin Domoto Kyoudai, a music variety show hosted by KinKi Kids. Her appearance
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on the show was confirmed by the blog entries of the variety shows producer. The episode will air on April 28th at 11.15 p.m. Japan Standard Time. She will be a guest on the show together with Sada Masashi.

This is her second guest appearance on the show. During a talk session in her previous guest appearance, it was mentioned that she was classmates with one of the hosts during high school. This time round, she will be performing a duet with Sada Masashi singing the song Cosmos (). Shin Domoto Kyoudai is a weekly music variety show aired on Fuji TV. It debuted in October 2004. The show is hosted by the KinKi Kids together with other guest hosts. KinKi Kids is a duo consisting of Domoto Koichi and Domoto Tsuyoshi who are under the talent agency Johnny & Associates. The name of their group is derived from the fact that both members are from the Kinki region in Japan. The 2 members are not related to each other even though they share the same family name. Source : Seiyu Fan, Otogumi

New Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (NOT) Redo trailer to promote BD/DVD release
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/evangelion-3-33-trailer-promotebddvd-release/ By hittokiri on April 21st, 2013

A new Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (NOT) Redo trailer has been released to promote the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD.

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Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo is the title for the home media release of the third movie in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. The movie had its theatrical release in Japan last year in November. As previously reported, the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release will include extras such as the special 10 minute short Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Awareru, an Evangelion: 3.33 documentary, teasers, trailers, television commercials and the 3.33 version of the dialogue recording script. First print editions will also include an Original Soundtrack CD. The Blu-ray and DVD are due out on the 24th of April. Source : Seiyu Fan

Yui Ogura and Kaori Ishihara graduate from Stylips


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/yui-ogura-kaori-ishihara-graduatestylips/ By SunSoftware on April 21st, 2013

Just before the release of their best-of album, Yui Ogura and Kaori Ishihara have left the voice actress unit StylipS. According to an announcement from Lantis, Yui Ogura and Kaori Ishihara have graduated from StylipS due to schoolwork and schedule constraints. As for their future plans, StylipS is preparing to restart with new members, while retaining their slogan, A seiyuu unit for our generation, seeking to fulfill dreams together.
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travel to a parallel world labeled the Deranged World. In the Deranged World, they can fight monsters by summoning MINDs, creatures that are manifestations of their, well, minds. The story may sound a lot like Persona, but Acquire describes the game as a dark, stylish RPG. You can judge for yourself by watching the short, 40-second version of Mind0s opening movie, featuring the song Bousou Machine, Mind0 Ver., performed by yucat, the artist who became famous through Twitter and creates gothic, steampunk-inspired music from the darkness of her heart. Anime fans should recognize StylipS, who performed the opening theme of Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru. Their first best-of album, The Lightning Celebration, will be released on April 24. Ogura and Ishihara have voiced characters in many different anime, including the currently airing Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. In addition, they have their own duo named YuiKaori, and have released seven singles together. Although they are going their separate ways, Ogura and Ishihara will maintain their good relationship with the other members of StylipS, Arisa Noto and Maho Matsunaga. This is sad news, but StylipS, Ogura, and Ishihara will all keep working hard and eventually make a comeback, so those of you who are fans should keep supporting them. Source: Lantis In case the movie isnt stylish enough for you, here are some illustrations of the main characters. Kei Takanashi

Dark and stylish preview of MIND0 now live


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/dark-stylish-preview-mind %E2%89%920-live/ By SunSoftware on April 20th, 2013

Sana Chikage

Leo Asahina

Acquires upcoming RPG is about intense battles and dark, stylish art, which you can get a peek of in the games opening movie. Mind0 is the latest PS Vita game from Acquire (Akibas Trip) and ZeroDiv (Class of Heroes). The story is centered around several teenagers called MIND users who can Here are some battle screenshots, as well. As you can see, sound effects pop up visually like in a comic book. If youre
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sold by MIND0s style, you can pick up the game on August 1.

The information on the new anime will be streamed via Nico Nico Live on April 26 at 22:00 JST.

Source: Famitsu

KyoAni announcement countdown: new anime information with two silhouettes as a clue
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kyoani-announcement-countdownanime-information-silhouettes-clue/ By ellehaym on April 20th, 2013

Based on the two silhouettes teased by KyoAni on their official site, can you guess what the new anime is?

Since the start of the countdown, fans are already trying to guess what the announcement is about on the 26th. Is it the return of an existing KyoAni title (like Suzumiya Haruhi or Hyouka)? Is it a brand new series? Or maybe that swimming anime? Lets just hope for the best.
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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture The tutorial assumes that the kit builders know basic modification skills, and has adequate tools for the job. We list down the tools for the job: 1. Craft Knife 2. Sandpaper of various grits (#400 #1000) 3. Nipper 4. Tweezers 5. 0.15mm scriber/engraving tool 6. 0.3mm plastic sheet 7. Tamiya masking tape 8. Scissors 9. Plastic cement And of course, the painting and detailing materials: 1. Airbrush 2. Compressor 3. Surfacer (grit #1000 grey) 4. Lacquer paint 5. Lacquer thinner 6. Enamel paint (grey/brown) 7. Enamel thinner 8. Decals (Gundam Decal Strike Noir) 9. Mr Mark Setter 10. Topcoat (flat) Following the full article presented by gundam.info, we also would like to highlight certain tips and tricks to make your kit looking spiffy. Practice your sanding and scribing skills by clipping off the flat plastic areas of each gate, and sand it accordingly. These can be used as plastic sheets for future modification purposes, such as filling up gaps and holes of various areas. Your nipper is good for removing all the excess plastic. To make it more presentable, lightly trim off the excess areas with your craft knife and sanding block. Some sink holes do not need putty if they arent too deep. Level them by using #400 grit sandpaper via a circular motion. Be sure to do this lightly, as it might cause the surface to be uneven due to over-sanding. Source: Gundam.info

Building Master Grade style kits: Providence Gundam


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/building-master-grade-style-kitsprovidence-gundam/ By sentinel011 on April 24th, 2013

Many kit builders lament on not having their favourite Mobile Suits getting the Master Grade treatment. Gundam.info (via bandai-hobby.net) teaches you simple methods to modify existing model kits into its Master Grade variants. Here, the tutorial shows how to make the 1/100 scale Providence Gundam from Gundam SEED series into a Master Grade version. By using a Master Grade Sword Impulse Gundam, one can make their own Master Grade version of Providence Gundam.

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Shingeki no Kyojins Production Studio Hiring Animators


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/shingeki-kyojins-production-studiohiring-animators/ By hittokiri on April 24th, 2013

TV anime Shingeki no Kyojins character designer Asano Kyoji (## ## ) recently made a tweeter post seeking assistance from animators. Voice actress Tomatsu Haruka will be guest starring in the 11th episode of Jyuden Sentai Kyouryujya. She will be acting the role of an idol named after herself.

In the tweeter post, Asano asked if there were any animators interested in the anime Shingeki no Kyojin. Animators interested in the series are invited to contact WIT Studio, the production company animating the series. The animators assistance are much needed. The link provided in the post leads to WIT Studios contact page. Shingeki no Kyojin is WIT Studios maiden anime production. The studio is an off-shoot of Production I.G., the studio best known for the Ghost in the Shell anime franchise and the Blood anime franchise. The staff at the studio were previously involved with Production I.G.s Sengoku BASARA. Shingeki no Kyojin is a manga by Isayama Hajime (## #). It won an award in Kodanshas Manga Grand Prix in 2006. It is currently being serialized in Kodanshas monthly magazine, Bessatsu Shounen Magazine. It is currently up to volume 10. The anime adaptation of the manga premiered in early April with episode 3 being its most recent episode. A live action adaptation of the manga is currently in production and is expected to release in Japanese theaters in 2014. Source : @jin115, Yaraon!

She is an existing cast member of the series as she voices the role of Canderrilla, a general in the Deboss Army, an organization intending to invade earth.

Tomatsu Haruka to guest star in Jyuden Sentai Kyouryujya


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Teasers for the upcoming episode reveals that her character will be on stage performing to a live crowd. Tomatsu Haruka is a member of Sphere. Notable voice acting roles by her include Asuna Yuki from Sword Art Online, Morgiana from Magi : The Labyrinth of Magic, Lala Satalin Deviluke from To Love-Ru and Ichika Takatsuki from Ano Natsu de Matteru. Jyuden Sentai Kyouryujya is the 37th Super Sentai Series. It is the third series to use the dinosaur motif. Episode 11 of Jyuden Sentai Kyouryujya will air on the 28th of April 2013. Source : Yaraon!

Artist management agency RAMS closed down


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/artist-management-agency-ramsclosed/ By hittokiri on April 24th, 2013

The companys office has also been closed down and the office space is currently empty. Nogawa Sakura is a veteran voice actress who debuted in 1999. She is best known for her role as Asakura Nemu from D.C. ~Da Capo~. Miyazaki Ui is a voice actress who debuted in 2005. She gain popularity that same year when she voiced the role of Aishia in D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~. Her most recent anime role was Yoshino Syaruru in D.C. III ~Da Capo III~

Artist management agency RAMS has closed down. RAMS which manages voice actresses Nogawa Sakura and Miyazaki Ui ceased operations on the 31st of March.

RAMS was also the management agency for PSYCHIC LOVER, an anime and tokusatsu song duo. They sang the opening song for Tokusousentai Deka Ranger and Samurai Sentai Shinkenjya. Other then artist management, RAMS also ran a voice acting school named RAMS Professional Education. Nanjou Yoshino of fripSide is a graduate from this school. Since its closing, most of the voice actors and actresses who were previously under them have became freelancers. A few like PSYCHIC LOVER and Miyazaki Ui has managed to transfer to other artist management agencies. Source : @jin115, Yaraon!

The companys official website currently only states that it is under maintenance. No other information has been provided.

Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st DVD Cover revealed + update on upcoming London live
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/perfume-world-tour-1st-dvd-coverrevealed-update-upcoming-london-live/

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Dream Fighter PTA Corner FAKE IT Nee Chocolate Disco Polyrhythm =ENCORE= Perfume has just revealed the DVD covers for Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st, which is to be released on May 22 alongside Magic Of Love. As previously written, the footage to be used for the DVD will be Singapores in SCAPE Warehouse. The Singapore live is the only one with Doraemon and the only one with three encore songs with MY COLOR as the addition, so expect an extra-special performance from the girls! Heres the DVD content: Spring of Life Kokoro no Sports MY COLOR + WORLD TOUR 1st MAKING ========= There is also news concerning Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd. It has been announced that there will be a change in venue for the London live. It was changed from O2 Academy Islington to O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. The London part of the tour will be on July 5th. The venue change could be attributed to the people who want to see the live being larger than expected as the tickets for the London live was quickly sold out. Compared to the previous one, the new venue can accommodate around a thousand more people. For more details on the tour, check here. source: Perfume Official Website

These Vocaloid goodies can now be pre-ordered: earphone jack accessories and Lamp Miku feat. Nekozakana figure
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=Live Footage= OPENING NIGHT FLIGHT computer city ELECTRO WORLD laser beam (album mix) Spending all my time love the world Butterfly edge secret secret

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Small cute things is what best describes these Vocaloid goodies that are now available for pre-order. A total of six earphone jacks featuring Hatsune Miku and the Kagamine twins are being offered by Good Smile Company. On the other hand, the Miku Lamp figure inspired by the illustration of Nekozakana is being offered by Alphamax.

Character Vocal Series: Earphone Jack Accessories


Do you have an iPhone? If youre a big fan of Crypton Future Medias virtual idols then you might want to have one of these earphone jack accessories. The designs are inspired by the illustrations of Y-Oji, Souno and Putidevil. Each of these accessories is placed inside a box. And heres the catch: you wont know whats inside the box until you open it. So if you dont really mind which character youll get, you can pre-order a single box at 500 JPY (6.29 SGD). But if youre worried about getting the same design, theres always an option to purchase a set of 6 earphone jack accessories. Each earphone jack accessory has its own holder, allowing you to safely store it when not in use. See all the designs below:

You can place an order at the Good Smile Online Shop from April 23 until May 22. These accessories are also available via Good Smile Companys partner shops and other hobby stores. The Character Vocal Series: Earphone Jack Accessories are slated for release in August.

Character Vocal Series 01 Miku Hatsune Lamp Miku feat. Nekozakana


Alphamaxs upcoming Miku figure wears a gothic Lolita dress with an adorable facial expression. The non-scale prepainted figure was inspired by a pixiv illustration created by user Nekozakana. It stands 15 cm high (with its base included). See the Lamp Miku figure at various angles:

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The historically renowned Metal Gear franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and Konami has dropped a bombshell by announcing a collection of eight of its greatest games. Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection will be released for the PS3 in North and South America this June. The collection will include the games that have defined Solid Snakes career: Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty You can get this figure for 3,800 JPY (47.76 SGD). It is slated for a late October release. Sources: Good Smile Company, Mikatans Blog (English Version), AmiAmi Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD Edition (includes the original versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2) Metal Gear Solid 4: Trophy Edition Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition In addition, the collection will include two digital graphic novels by the artist Ashley Wood.

Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection coming to PS3


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/metal-gear-solid-legacy-collectioncoming-ps3/ By SunSoftware on April 23rd, 2013

This is a huge package that you should buy if youre a Metal Gear Solid fan who has missed out on one or more of the
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above games. As the president of Konami, Tomoyuki Tsuboi, said about the collection: We wanted to give Metal Gear Solid fans the opportunity to experience the series from beginning to end, all on one console. With the collections multiple titles, players can truly see how Metal Gear Solid evolved into the critically acclaimed and beloved franchise it is today. Konami also recently announced that the Metal Gear franchise has sold over 33 million copies. With The Legacy Collection coming this summer and Metal Gear Solid V coming sometime later, it is going to sell a lot, lot more. Source: PlayStation LifeStyle The PV for Kitto Ne, Zutto Ne, Yoroshiku Ne wont be up forever. It will only be available online until the end of April. So if I were you, start watching the video now and enjoy it while its up. Or purchase the character song album which was already launched last February. You can get the CD for 2200 JPY (27.66 SGD).

Listen to this group image song by the girls of Tamako Market


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/listen-group-image-song-girlstamako-market/ By ellehaym on April 23rd, 2013

25th April is a day of Japanese console game releases


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/25th-april-day-japanese-consolegame-releases/ By Xak on April 23rd, 2013

Its been known for Japanese game releases to bunch up in the same month, and sometimes even the same day, and 25th April 2013 is one of those occasions, with 4 notable game releases going on sale on that date.

Before that big announcement by Kyoto Animation happening on Friday, heres a little something for your enjoyment. Youve seen the cuteness of the female characters in Tamako Market, but have you heard them all sing together? If you havent, go ahead and watch the PV of the group character song entitled Kitto Ne, Zutto Ne, Yoroshiku Ne streamed by KyoAni via their official YouTube channel. This group image song was performed by voice actresses Aya Suzaki (as Tamako Kitashirakawa), Rina Hidaka (as Anko Kitashirakawa), Yuki Kaneko (as Midori Tokiwa), Juri Nagatsuma (as Kanna Makino), Yurie Yamashita (as Shiori Asagiri) and Yuri Yamaoka (as Choi Mochimazzui). Kichi Fujimoto (the one who wrote the lyrics for the OP song Dramatic Market Ride) is the composer, arranger and lyricist behind this cheerful song. This song is the last track included on the Tamako Market Character Song Album twinkle ride CD.
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First up we have Photo Kano Kiss, a dating simulation game. Photo Kano Kiss is an enhanced version of the game Photokano for the Playstation Vita, and the game currently has an anime adaptation airing, with the voice actors from the game reprising the roles. The player is a 2nd year high school student who receives a digital camera from his father and starts taking pictures in school, and naturally, those pictures are of various beauties in the school.

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The main part of the gameplay consists of choosing where to go during your breaks in the day, and the choice you make will lead to various story and free events. When you go to locations that arent shown on the guide, you can get an encounter with one of the heroines, where if you make the right choices, you will be able to start a photo session with them in an outfit other than their normal school uniform, such as swimsuits or gym outfits.

And for the heroines, we have 7 of them, and from left to right they are Niimi Haruka (voiced by Itou Kanae), Muroto Aki (voiced by Nakahara Mai), Sakura Mai (voiced by Kanemoto Hisako), Sanehara Hikari (voiced by Mizuhashi Kaori), Masaki Nonoka (voiced by Saitou Chiwa), Yunoki Rina (voiced by Oogawa Asuka) and Misumi Tomoe (voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki).

As for the photo session, Photo Kano Kiss adds two new methods for taking photos, making full use of the Vitas capabilities compared to the PSPs. Other than the original Finder mode, where you controlled the camera with the analog stick, there is now a Touch mode and Gyro mode. Touch mode allows you to control the camera with the touch screen, making it easy to zoom and change angle with touch actions, while Gyro mode works like a real digital camera, where you move the Vita to change the angle for the photo. Photo Kano Kiss also gives you more freedom in the angles for taking your photos, making low and high angle shots possible.

Photo Kano Kiss releases on the 25th of April for the Playstation Vita, and costs 7140yen for the package version, and 5800yen for the download version.

But dont forget, even with all this fun photo-taking, this is still a dating simulation, so the aim should be to get to a confession with the heroine you like the most. That would the end, the goal that you should aim for. However, Photo Kano Kiss adds an extra week of events after the confession entitled Love Love Days, with new events for you to enjoy, up to the Sunday date where you will get a new ending with that heroine! Whats more, during this weeks photo sessions, you can actually touch the heroine and take pictures of their reactions!

The next game on the list is the sequel to the hit science adventure story game of Steins;Gate, entitled Steins;Gate Phenogram of Linear Restraint. Unlike the first game, where we saw everything from the viewpoint of the main character Okabe Rintarou, this time there are 10 different stories told from 10 different viewpoints. So this game, rather than necessarily being a sequel in terms of story, is probably more for filling in gaps and fleshing out the original story and characters.

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an obvious hint that in this arc, Kurisu will be responsible for saving somebody, possibly Okabe or Mayuri. This story takes place when Okabe has grown despondent of saving Mayuri, and Kurisu manages to get him to explain what is happening. But despite her efforts, and even with the influence of Feyris father behind her, Mayuri still died, and Kurisu was overwhelmed by the pain at her death, and her own helplessness in stopping it. And at this point, her phone rings, and its from Doctor Nakabashi, her father. What happens from here on is left a mystery that will only be answered in the game itself. The first story is entitled Dr. Jekyll on lines, and is told from Okabe Rintarous point of view. In it, he is a hero of justice who protects the peace of Akihabara as Alpaca Man. Using D Mails and the Time Leap Machines, any case is easily solved. His true identity is known only to Shiina Mayuri, who made his Alpaca Man suit by hand. One day, a Makise Kurisu in grave clothes appears, and although her appearance was shocking, the words she said to him would ring the bells of warning.

Next is Hashida Itarus story, Bird Singing in Cage, which covers a part of his story that was rather shrouded in mystery in the anime. We know that Amane Suzuha is his daughter from the future, and that he will have a wife named Amane Yuuko, but we didnt know how they met. This is their story, and it seems to have been a rather eventful meeting, from his first meeting with the Chopstick Girl leading to mysterious memos and codes, and ending with some hacking and Lab Member teamwork, and from the screenshots, including Suzuha kicking ass. So the daughter might have played a part in saving the mother? That is one fun part of Steins;Gate: How you can end up with such interesting developments.

Falling squarely in the fun possibilities section is Amane Suzuhas story. And as the picture above, it does end up with her, herself, and herself yet again, in an interestinglytitled Ghosting Rendezvous. After the Time Machine had broken from the rains after it had appeared at the Radio Kaikan building, Suzuha was in shock over not being able to go back further into the past. With that, her purpose was completely lost, and it was at this point that that appeared before her. That being another 2 Suzuhas, that is. One of them wore a military uniform and was calm and collected, while the other was a very relaxed and in a maid uniform. Are these two memories from other world lines, or are they just a delusion created by Suzuhas imagination? Nobody knows. But with help from these 2 and cooperation from Hashida Itaru, Suzuha manages to start on the goal of fixing the Time machine, and with that, she becomes more involved with the Lab Members, including her fater, Hashida Itaru.

The next character is the one who looks to be taking a prime role in the upcoming Steins;Gate movie, Makise Kurisu. And her story is titled Vermilion Sooteer. Sooteer is ## ### in Japanese, and probably refers to Soter, a word with Greek origins meaning a saviour, a deliverer. Which is

On a more mellow note, Tennouji Yuugos story A Strange Building Filled Of Love, paints a picture of a father who worried about whether the house he provides for his dearly loved daughter Nae is truly a good enough place for her. With those feelings in mind, he comes into a windfall of 300 million yen and after some thought, decided to renovate the building. But 1 year later, with the new building finished, Naes face is dark. Filled with regrets for the construction, Tennouji ends up going to Okabe with the idea of sending

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a D-Mail to fix the situation. Just what is it that Nae wants, that will satisfy her?

And next, for Feyris story Super hero Chat-noir, it starts with Feyris hearing some rumours of some Occult-tic incidents happening in Akihabara. And naturally, she cant let some rumours of her beloved town go unnoticed, so she starts investigating the incidents together with Suzuha as the Guardian Warriors who protect the justice of Akihabara Chat-noir, dressed in outfits made by Mayuri. However, as the investigation progresses, she finds out that the shopping street had planned and executed this, entirely without any consultation with Feyris, who held the shadowy reigns of influence over the town, and Feyris was shocked by this. And Suzuha even ends up warning her to leave Akihabara. Exactly what will she do?

And now, for the viewpoint of the one who is deeply at the heart of the entire story. Mayuris story is entitled Eternal Polaris, and seems to be one of the more serious and painful storylines. In this story, Mayuri feels that both Okabe and Kurisu have been acting weirdly of late, and because of the painful faces they make from their worrying, Mayuri comes to worry about them too. So she gathers her determination and tails Kurisu and eventually talks to her. From that, she learns of how Okabe has to move to a timeline in which Kurisu will have to die in order to save Mayuri. And Kurisu has come to face that and has prepared to sacrifice herself. But after Mayuri has heard the truth, she cannot endure the fact that Kurisu will have to be sacrificed. And so, Mayuri hardens her determination. What does she do? Once more, youll have to play the game to find out. But Mayuri is truly one to feel for others; the picture above is of her tears and reaction upon learning of how Okabe has kept jumping from timeline to timeline, trying to save her.

Urushibara Rukas story is aptly named Hermaphroditus in Labyrinth, and seems to be set in the part of the story where Ruka is female, due to the D-Mail that he had sent. Ruka has been deeply hurt by the sight of Mayuri dying before her eyes, and what runs through her heart are the memories of the fun times she had with Mayuri, as well as the words Okabe said to her. You were actuallya boy. And that she was a female because of the D-Mail her self in another world line had sent, and that the various changes ended up causing Mayuri to die too. When Okabe Rintarou feels that he was responsible for Mayuri dying, Ruka declares that there is no need for him to worry. But Ruka wishes to at least fulfil Mayuris wish of seeing her cosplaying, and so she requests to Time Slip.

This promises to be a very interesting storyline, where we get to see the story from the point of the character most painted as the villain, Kiryuu Moeka. Her story is called Quantum excited in Coma, and tells of how she came to the Future Gadget Laboratory upon the orders of her superior and mother-figure, FB. It started with just observing them, but it progressed to her joining the Lab Members after she reported that the Handphone Microwave might be a time machine. But with her interaction with the Lab Members, especially with the warmth from Kurisu and Mayuri, she starts to have some misgivings. But before those feelings have a chance to take root, FBs orders start to escalate, and it finally ends with the meetup with the active team at the Future Gadget Laboratory, and the orders to kill the Lab Members.

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The new protagonist is named Silma (voiced by Misawa Sachika), and her class is that of a Final God. And the first irrationality about her is that the coffin beside her serves as her bed and always travels with her. And she also has some irrationally appealing fanservice scenes.

And the last storyline is once again told from Okabe Rintarous viewpoint, and this one is titled Three Contrapasso About The Abduction. When he cant find Mayuri nor contact her, he sends a D-Mail to himself of the past to not let her go out. The timeline changes, and after confirming that shes fine, she ends up causing a fire in the lab. Okabe sends a mail to the past to stop that, and once again the timeline changes. This time, there wasnt a fire at the Lab, but there are numerous bloodstains on the bed at the Lab. And Okabe, fearing the worst, decides to Time Leap. While searching to find out who those bloodstains came from, Okabe is accosted by a man in a black cloak, and once again loses sight of Mayuri. 3 different world lines with their own dangers, but even with the repeated changes in the world line they all congregate at one point. This is probably an exposition of how Okabe was when he started on his desperate quest to save Mayuri. Steins;Gate Phenogram of Linear Restraint releases on the 25th of April for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, at the price of 6800yen for the regular edition and 11000yen for the limited edition.

The protagonist of the previous game, Shu-Shu also returns in this game, but due to an accident, she gets turned into a tiny version of herself, and her class changes accordingly from Absolute God to Palmtop Absolute God.

Next up, from the makers of the overwhelming game comes Attouteki Yuugi Mugen Souls Z. While its predecessors theme was of being overwhelming in many ways, Mugen Souls Z has a theme of being irrational, from the new protagonist to the various worlds the game takes place in.

Of course, there are other new characters in the story, including a hero on a journey to find the legendary weapons, a mysterious boy who is aiming for Silmas life, as well as various Final Gods of the 12 worlds in this game.

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If the pose succeeds, the coffin will open up and suck in the enemy as a Sample, and you can use the energy of that Sample to attack the enemy and get various different effects.

Actually, that coffin can suck in just about anything, be it from planets or even your own comrades. Which leads to some rather entertaining and exciting scenes.

And speaking of worlds, just like the first game, Mugen Souls Z involves taking over each of the worlds present in the game. However, the first game only had 7 worlds, based on the elements that are also present in the names for each day. Mugen Souls Z has 12 different worlds, and they correspond to the 12 signs of the zodiac, and are associated with colours.

The coffin can also release that energy in an ability called Final God Soul, which enlarges Shu-Shu from the normal palmtop size to enormous levels, where she will then absolutely obliterate your enemies. But this ability has a chance of going berserk, and hitting your own allies as well.

As for Silma, she also has quite a few irrational abilities, such as this games equivalent of the Moe Kill ability of the previous game. Called Charm Captive, the first step has Silma display a Fetish Pose to the enemy. How effective each pose depends on what the enemys weak point is. And like the first game, Silmas personality also affects how effective the pose will be.

And the mothership battles from the first game are also back! But this time, your G-Castle has been upgraded, and it now looks like a super robot! With new types of commands added to the game, and the ability to upgrade your G-Castle with parts that you find, this promises to be an interesting part of the gameplay. Attouteki Yuugi Mugen Souls Z releases on 25th April for the PS3 at a price of 9429yen for the Limited Edition, 7329yen for the Normal Edition and 6300yen for the download edition.

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White Magician, Black Magician, Shrine Maiden, Alchemist, Knight, Hand-to-Hand Fighter, Samurai, Ninja, Worker and Swimsuit. Swimsuit isnt a Style that can be chosen normally, but changes the outfit of the character when they have the Swimsuit item, and will allow for special events. Each Style has their strengths, and have their own different set of Skills, and not all Skills are meant for combat. The last game on this list is Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Portable. It covers the timeline that occurred during the 2 seasons of the anime, but there are original voiced scenarios written by Kawakami Minoru, the author of the original light novels, added for the Adventure part of the game.

As the game progresses, the character you set as the commander will develop and deepen their relationships with the other characters, which will lead to various conversations. Also, if they have reached a certain level of trust with the commander, you will unlock a special event for that character!

You can also create your own mob character, with a name of your choosing, once you fulfil certain conditions. To be able to create a male mob character, you need to clear the game one time. To be able to create a female mob character, you need to upgrade the ship Musashi to the superior Frame. Mob characters have balanced parameters, and can also change their Styles just like the story characters.

During missions, your characters will appear in a cute graphig form, but how they look also depends on what style you selected for them. Styles in this game are like classes, and there are a total of 11 different Styles. Shown below, from left to right and top down, are the Student, Carouser,

At each location that Musashi stops at, you will be able to undertake Missions. There are 3 types of missions, namely Combat, Negotiation and Harvesting, and while some are based on the anime, there are also original missions, with a total of about 1200 different missions. The party of characters undertaking the mission can consist of up to 4 characters (3 main + 1 helper) of your choice. With the large number of characters in this game, that makes for about 1500 different possible parties.

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into its HP, theres an option to spend time and money to restore Musashi and recover its HP, so that you will be able to leave and continue the story.

Other than the missions, you will also have to manage Musashi itself, deploying people to work in various parts of the ship, upgrading it and repairing it. As mentioned earlier, not all Skills are meant for combat, as some of them are meant to help you boost various capabilities of Musashi, such as gaining food every turn or reducing the difficulty of certain kinds of missions. These sort of effects require a character with the right Skill to be deployed to a certain part of Musashi. As Musashi is upgraded, the bonuses can increase and/or change, and your resource limits will increase, something that is required for the later part of the game, as higher level characters also consume a higher amount of resources for missions.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Portable releases on 25th April for the PSP, and is priced at 10479yen for the Limited Edition and 6279yen for the Normal Edition.

Perfume to release new single Magic of Love


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/perfume-release-single-magiclove-22-may/ By sentinel011 on April 23rd, 2013

Also, there are two different types of Frames you can upgrade Musashi to. When upgraded to a higher rank of the normal Frame, the number of positions you can deploy characters to in Musashi will increase, as well as the revenue rate. The other Frame you can upgrade to is the Financial Frame. As expected, it has different bonuses from the normal Frame, with a greater focus on boosting gathering as compared to combat. Changing Frames costs a lot though, so its best to choose the Frame that suits your playing style best.

Musashi has its own HP, and it goes down with every mission you perform. As at each place you dock, you have a deadline that you have to leave by, and travelling will also eat
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Perfumes official page released additional information regarding its latest single, Magic of Love. The single will be on sale at all major Japanese music stores come 22 May 2013, and has revealed its limited edition and regular edition CD covers. Heres the information obtained from the official site: Limited Edition

(CD+DVD) 1,500 yen Regular Edition

(CD only) 1,000 yen [CD] 1.Magic of Love *Kanros [Pure Gummy] Commercial theme song *Japanese TV variety show [Sukkiri!!] May theme song 2.Handy Man 3.Magic of Love -Original Instrumental4.Handy Man -Original Instrumental[DVD] 1.Magic of Love -Video ClipJapanese retailers will bundle a free poster of the single, while stocks last. Some E-tailers like CDJapan tend to follow this trend as well, fortunately for overseas fans.

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture


A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture SIAM SHADE LIVE TOUR 2013~SIAMSHADE HEART OF ROCK 7~ October 27, 2013 Saitama Super ArenaNovember 11, 2013 Zepp Nagoya November 17, 2013 Zepp Namba === There has been no announcement on what the band is planning after the tour. The band just wants to give their all in mind and spirit in challenging a tour once again. For those not familiar with SIAM SHADE, they are a visualkei band that has garnered much attention after their hit song, 1/3 No Junjou Na Kanjou, Rurouni Kenshins 6th ED song. It is also the song that they are known for. This song has also been covered by rock band FLOW with a single release of their own version. source: natalie

SIAM SHADE to do a nationwide tour after 12 years since their last


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/siam-shade-nationwide-tour-12years/ By Az on April 26th, 2013

It has been revealed that visual-kei band SIAM SHADE will be having SIAM SHADE LIVE TOUR 2013~SIAMSHADE HEART OF ROCK 7~ tour this autumn. It has been around 12 years since their last tour. They have officially disbanded in March, 2002, but the band still had activities back in 2007 and 2011. In 2007, they had a live in paying respects and tribute to their manager, Takamura Shinichi. In 2011, they had charity lives to help the victims of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Other than that, the band has stopped and stayed silent. Facing their manager, Takamuras, 7th death anniversary, SIAM SHADE will be having the tour for the fans that still love their songs and still support them passionately. All 5 that comprise SIAM SHADE want to answer to those enthusiastic cheers, and change those thoughts into reality. Below are the dates and venues for the tour. ===

New information on Gyrozetters Albatross mech


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/information-gyrozetters-albatrossmech/ By Zenko on April 25th, 2013

Famitsu has revealed more information on Square Enixs Chosoku Henkei Gyrozetter RPG for the 3DS. The official release date of the game has now been revealed to be June 13 under the title Chosoku Henkei Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross. The game will take place in Japan in the year 2053, the same year as the anime, and details about the titular Albatross have finally been released.

As previously seen in the trailer, this Gyrozetter will act as the main antagonist. It was previously unknown who the
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pilot would be, as well as what element it would utilize in battle. Hiroto, whose character design has also been revealed, will be acting as the pilot for the Zenon-made mech. Its main element attacks will be sound, while its standard car form will be a sports car.

Weve also embedded the shorter clip here in this story as well, for those of you who might want to go back and forth to see if anything else is changed: Set in a post-apocalyptic world where supposedly only women can operate extremely powerful yet mobile exoskeleton suits, Infinite Stratos tells the story of 15-yearold Ichika Orimura, a boy who can somehow pilot these cutting-edge suits as well (pick up the upcoming Blu-ray release if youd like to find out why; Orimuras ability to operate these suits is explained in a very tongue-in-cheek manner at some point in the first season). And so off he goes to an all-female military boarding school, where Orimura quickly finds himself in a harem-like situation. Partly due to the fact that hes the only guy there, and partly due to the effect Infinite Stratos thats what they call the exoskeleton suits has had on gender roles in society: females now dominate society over men. For more details on Infinite Stratos 2 the anime, hit the jump over to our previous story over here. [via Crunchyroll News]

The game and anime will be paired together, and play off of one another, allowing viewers of the anime to enjoy the game and players of the game to enjoy the anime, with the possibility of Albatross appearing in both. Source: Famitsu

Cant wait for Infinite Stratos 2 to air? Volume 8 of the light novel series bundles a sneak peek at the anime
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Online gag manga Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku green-lit for anime adaptation
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/online-gag-manga-kitakubukatsudou-kiroku-green-lit-anime-adaptation/ By ellehaym on April 25th, 2013

Theres still no concrete airing date for the second season of popular harem-slash-mecha anime Infinite Stratos yet. Nevertheless, the animes producers over at studio 8-bit have decided to throw the fans a little bone this week in the form of a slightly longer video preview of the show thats being bundled on DVD, alongside the release of the original light novel series eighth volume today. The full preview is about a minute longer than a previous 24second-long teaser trailer streamed on the Web.

Through several recently aired TV anime series, weve had a peek at what Japanese high school life is like, along with what the students spend their time doing in their respective school clubs. Theres the Karuta Club (Chihayafuru), the Chorus Club (Tari Tari), the Classic Literature Club (Hyouka) and more. Then, of course, theres the Kitakubu or go home after school club. A term used for students who arent participating in any extracurricular activities at school. Instead, they go straight home.

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But what if, an actual go home after school club actually existed? Have you ever wondered about how active such a club can get? The activities of the go home after school club can finally be witnessed in the upcoming anime adaptation of Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku, a school life comedy manga by Kuroha.

Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku centers on school girls who are members of an actual Kitakubu. The members include: Sakura Doumyouji, the free-spirited club president;

Botan Oohagi, the successor of an ancient martial arts school;

Conception II wont be released until this summer, but Famitsu has already revealed all of the heroines of Spike Chunsofts upcoming child-making RPG/dating sim. Conception II: The Seven Stars Guidance and the Blundering Nightmare is the sequel to last years Conception, a game with common RPG elements combined with dating sim elements in which you bond with girls, then use a machine to magically create children who can fight monsters. In the sequel, the girls are able to fight, as well. In our previous article, we introduced the main character (you get to choose his name) and the first girl you meet, Fuuko. Here are the other six heroines you can make children with. Who are you most interested in? Ellie Ellie is a bright and cheerful freshman student. Despite her childish appearance, she can read the atmosphere and act mature at the right time. For some reason, it seems that she has known the main character for a long time.

Claire Kokonoe, an incredibly rich daughter of the Kokonoe Zaibatsus head;

Karin Touno, a freshman who invites Natsuki to join the club; and

Natsuki Andou, a new member who knows nothing about how the others spend their time in an actual Kitakubu

Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku starts airing in Japan this July. Sources: Mantan Web and Gangan Online

Conception II the nittygritty details on new heroines, classes, and skills


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Narika Narika is the class vice-representative who sits next to the main character. She has a shy personality, but she is kind and strong. She seems to lack self-awareness and wears relatively bold outfits.

Chloe Chloe is the younger sister of the main characters classmate, Krosig. Even though she is a student, she works as hard as a teacher, and her grades reflect that. On top of that, she is viewed as a kind of idol among her classmates.

Feene Feene is a diligent and polite senior student. She has a cool, reserved personality, and her fighting power is among the best in the school, but she has a girly side, as well.

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Tohri Tohri has been raised in a laboratory ever since she was born. As a result, she lacks common sense and takes peoples words literally. Living in a closed world, she also yearns for the sky.

In addition to new heroines, Conception II will have new classes of Star Children. Just like in the first game, you will pair up with the heroines to produce Star Children with different classes and skills. One of the new classes this time is the Shooter, whose attack power and marksmanship makes him/her a reliable addition to your team. There are also gender-exclusive classes, such as the Magical Witch.

Serina Serina looks like a child, but shes actually a really powerful senior student. Shes a tsundere with a kind personality that she often hides.

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Of course, the battle system has expanded, as well. In this game, you have to fight with the main character, one heroine, and three teams of four Star Children. One of the new battle mechanics is the Ether Gauge. As you fight, you collect Ether Energy, which raises your Ether level on a scale from 0 to 4. When your Ether level is higher, you will be able attack faster, without waiting so much between turns. In addition, you will be able to activate Over Chain more easily, so you can gain more experience points.

Another new skill is the Seventh Bullet, a powerful attack executed by the main character and a heroine.

Sources: Famitsu, Conception II homepage

Lastly, when one of your allies is in trouble, you can guard them by intercepting an enemys attack. This happense randomly, but you have a higher chance of blocking an attack if you have a close bond with your Star Children, so be sure to be a responsible parent and take good care of them.

Neptune PPs 1st promo video: The why this game is hella better than Idolm@ster edition
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/neptune-pp-opening-1st-promovideos/ By KarbyP on April 25th, 2013

We still have to wait a while before Conception II is released this summer. If you dont want to wait to make children (magically), you can get the first Conception on the PSP right now for the low price of 1,890 yen.
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Kami Jigen Idol Neptune PP (also known as Hyperdimension Neptunia PP in the West) is a lot like Namco Bandai Gamess idol-producing simulator The Idolm@ster. Heck, one of the voice actresses is even in both franchises: Asami Imai, who plays Chihaya Kisaragi in The Idolm@ster, voices Noire in Neptune PP. That said, there are differences. And Im not just referring to the setting and characters. There are better differences. As youll see in the following two-and-a-half minutes long clip the very first promo trailer for the idol-producing sim game progression in Neptune PP is generally quite similar to The Idolm@ster games in that at the start of any given in-game week, you schedule one of the following three activities to keep your chosen heroine busy with: Lessons, Promotion, Auditions, of Off. Most of the story progression in both games unfold through Promotional event scenes. But whats different about Neptune PP is that in many of these event scenes you are given branching choices that may decide which other events you will unlock and be able to send the heroine youre producing to. On top of a different style of story events that play out less like the Idolm@ster games, and more like past Neptune JRPGs, there is also a Viewer mode that allows you to, er, well, its in the video. You do this while the PS Vita is held sideways, which allows the Vitas OLED touchscreen to display character models in their entirety. And while you could technically tap your finger on any portion of character model youve selected to view (nobodys stopping you), Compile Heart advises a fair amount of user discretion: tapping on places that you shouldnt go tapping will anger the object of your affection. Kami Jigen Idol Neptune PP for the PS Vita comes out in Japan June 20, 2013. Apart from the promo video, publisher Compile Heart has also previously posted the opening intro to the game:

Konami were reluctant to reveal pricing details when they announced earlier this week that Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection, an all-encompassing omnibus game compilation comprising pretty much every main instalment in the franchise, would be coming to America this June. But thanks to a similar announcement made today in Japan, we now know roughly how much we can expect the exquisite (not to mention definitive) MGS box set to retail for. The good news is that it doesnt cost a bomb. Coming with pretty much the exact same games and movie content included in the US edition, except all the voices and text are obviously rendered in Japanese, the Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection box set will retail in Japan on July 11, 2013, for the mere price of 7,980 yen (~US$80.50 or ~S$100). If that sounds a little pricey to you, its only because thats exactly how crazy video game retail prices in Japan are a typical blockbuster game retails for between 7,000 and 8,000 yen at launch over there. For instance, a brand new copy Tomb Raider, which is being released for the Japanese market this week in Japan (it just came out today), goes for the recommended retail price of 7,980 yen. In other words, if you dont actually look at the numbers themselves and focus on the meaning behind those numbers, in Japan Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection will actually sell at a price point similar to the new release of a blockbuster title, despite containing so much. One has to wonder if the North American (and possibly European) pricing might follow suit. In the worst case scenario, suppose Konami deems the collection to be worth more than the typical US$50 retail price of a brand new title and scales the pricing to match that of the Japanese edition, at the most were looking at roughly US$80, which really isnt a lot considering youre essentially paying for every freaking MGS game contained neatly in one package. Games included
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Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection priced in Japan, doesnt cost a bomb
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METAL GEAR 1 METAL GEAR2:SOLID SNAKE 1 METAL GEAR SOLID 2 METAL GEAR SOLID INTEGRAL 2 METAL GEAR SOLID2 SONS OF LIBERTY 3 METAL GEAR SOLID3 SNAKE EATER 3 METAL GEAR SOLID4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS 4 METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER 3 1These are the MSX2 emulated versions of the game contained withinMETAL GEAR SOLID3 SNAKE EATER 2Downloadable digitally through the PlayStation Network (under Game/PS1 Archives), via a product code 3From the HD Edition collection 4Supports PlayStation Trophies Movies included METAL GEAR SOLID BANDE DESSINE METAL GEAR SOLID2 BANDE DESSINE Product information TitleMETAL GEAR SOLID THE LEGACY COLLECTION PlatformPlayStation 3 GenreAction No. of Players1 (up to 8 in METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER) Release date: July 11, 2013 (in Japan) Price7,980including tax RatingAges 17 and above PublisherKONAMI FormatOn 2 Blu-ray discs Bundled with(Booklet) METAL GEAR SOLID THE LEGACY BOOK Source: 4Gamer

If youre a Vocaloid fan whos planning to make your way down to the Nico Nico Chokaigi 2 super conference at Chibas Makuhari Messe international convention complex this weekend, be sure to stop by the Hatsune Miku and Piapro Exhibit booth (piapro) for a special treat the good folks at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia and Crypton Future Media have in stall for you. Over the course of the two-day event on April 27 and 28, attendees who stop by the booth will be able to participate in an augmented reality or AR-assisted game of air hockey with the digital songstress, powered by the PlayStation Vitas SmartAR technology, a form of markerless augmented reality tech developed by Sony that the Japanese tech giant claims allows for high-speed recognition and tracking of objects in 3D space. In other words, Miku Miku Hockey is essentially a special edition of the PS Vitas AR Hockey technical demonstration app (last seen at Game Developers Conference or GDC 2012) that features Hatsune Miku as a CPU opponent that you can play against. Two versions of Miku Miku Hockey will be playable at Nico Nico Chokaigi 2 this weekend: one featuring Hatsune Miku (specifically, the Type Lat Miku or Lat character model from freeware animation program Miku Miku Dance) as your opponent, and another that has you facing off against Mikus shorter-limbed cousin, Mikudayo (Type Suzu or , also freely available via MMD).

Take on Hatsune Miku in a game of air hockey Miku Miku Hockey at Nico Nico Chokaigi 2 this weekend
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At this point theres no word on if Sony and Crypton Future Media intends to distribute Miku Miku Hockey as a PS Vita game app for download via the PlayStation Network the vanilla version of Air Hockey isnt even out as a game, as it was developed entirely for technical demonstration purposes. Which typically means that its the sort of game youd experience for maybe five minutes, and quickly tire of it, since technical demos rarely incorporate rewarding gameplay mechanics that keep you going. That said, our fingers are crossed. Heres looking to the day wed all be playing a game of air hockey with Hatsune Miku in the comforts of our living room. Source: Famitsu [via Yahoo! Japan News]

Ultimate Madoka, Akane Tsunemori, and Monomi nendroids available for preorder
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/ultimate-madoka-akane-tsunemorimonomi-nendroids-pre-order/ By SunSoftware on April 24th, 2013

Madoka also has her signature bow and arrow, so she can rid the world of evil.

Madokas wish is to protect everyone in the world. With this benevolent goddess in your own bedroom, you can sleep soundly at night.

Nendroid fans seeking little companions should check out the newly released Madoka nendroid, as well as two more nendroids recently announced by the manufacturer Good Smile Company.

Ultimate Madoka
From the hit anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica comes the nendroid version of Madokas goddess form, Ultimate Madoka. This nendroid was released recently on April 23 and is available for 3,500 yen. This figure is small and cute, yet filled with divine power and magnificence. Just look at her long hair, translucent wings, three-layered dress, and the stars reflected under her skirt.

Akane Tsunemori
From the futuristic crime anime Psycho-Pass, Akane has come to protect a society where computers can measure peoples personalities. This nendroid will be available for pre-order on April 25, and the release date will be posted on Good Smile Companys website. This nendroid captures Akanes professional demeanor with her business suit while keeping her optimistic attitude and adding some cuteness to her.

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Akane also has her Dominator, the computerized gun she uses to fight criminals. The Dominator comes in the Paralyzer Mode

Put both Akane and Madoka in your bedroom, and you will have double the protection.

as well as the Lethal Eliminator Mode!

Monomi
Last but not least, everyones favorite pink and white bear, Monomi, has jumped out of the PSP mystery adventure game Super Danganronpa 2. You can pre-order her right now for 3,000 yen, and she will be released in August.

As a bonus, Akane also comes with the chimi character expression illustrated by Yu-pon.

The instructor from Jabberwock Island will cheer you on when youre feeling down. As Monomi herself says, If theres one thing I believe in, its you guys, so youll win!. The previous two nendroids had weapons, so of course, Monomi has one too. Monomis tool of destruction is wait for it a wooden stick!

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As you should already know, Monokuma will be starring in the Danganronpa anime airing this summer. However, Monomi probably wont make an appearance, because the anime is based on the first Danganronpa game, and Monomi is from the sequel. Take that, Monomi.

With her wooden stick, Monomi is ready to brawl (music notes sold separately). Monomi is cute by herself, but pair her up with Monokuma (also sold separately from Good Smile Company), and you have a recipe for mayhem. Source: GoodSmileCompany

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi for the 3DS gets a North American release
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/hakuoki-memoriesshinsengumi-3ds-north-american-release/ By ellehaym on April 24th, 2013

Lets face it. Not every female anime fan has had the chance to play an otome game. In fact, they only get a taste of it when a title receives an anime adaptation. However, you cant really say that the experience is 100% satisfying, particularly if youre shipping for the female protagonist x [insert bishounen characters name other than the male lead here].

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Fortunately, theres Aksys Games, the video game publisher behind the North American release of Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom for the PSP. Aksys has officially announced that Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi for the Nintendo 3DS is getting a North American release. Its launch will be revealed at a later date.

Original Work: Idea Factory Cast info: Houko Kuwashima as Chizuru Yukimura Shinichiro Miki as Toshizou Hijikata Showtaro Morikubo as Souji Okita Kousuke Toriumi as Hajime Saitou Hiroyuki Yoshino as Heisuke Toudou Koji Yusa as Sanosuke Harada Kenjiro Tsuda as Chikage Kazama Hakuoki: Daichishou Kyoto Ranbu premieres August 24 in Japan. It looks like 2013 is a good year for fans of the Hakuoki franchise. Are you getting Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi for your 3DS? Sources: Aksys Games and JpopAsia

Aside from the main storyline, the game features six new stories which allow the player to get the insights of the other characters. This feature enlightens players about the events in the main story. Here are the other key features: See the gorgeous warriors of the Shinsengumi in 3D. Photo and movie galleries Photobooth a purikura inspired feature where players can take pictures with their favorite characters. Background and themes are available. Aksys Games story description for Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi. At a time when shogunate and imperial forces clashed for supremacy over Japan, Chizuru travels to Kyoto in search of her missing father. She runs into the Shinsengumi, a band of samurai warriors sworn to protect the shogun. Chizuru soon learns that they, too, are looking for her father. What awaits them is more than just your typical missing persons case, as they face off against imperial soldiers and the supernatural! But in the midst of all this madness, will sweet and innocent Chizuru find love? In related news, Geneon recently announced the cast and staff for the first Hakuoki movie entitled Hakouki: Daichishou Kyoto Ranbu. Two movies have been set and a new story will be unveiled. The cast members and staff from the anime series are reuniting for the upcoming movie. Staff info: Director: Osamu Yamasaki Original Character Design: Yone Kazuki Character Design and Chief Animation Director: Atsuko Nakajima Script: Tsunekiyo Fujisawa and Osamu Yamasaki Animation Production: Studio DEEN
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Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ staff and cast announced; Shingeki no Kyojins studio not in need of staff
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/yozakura-quartet-hana-uta-staffcast-announced-shingeki-kyojins-studio-desperate-staff/ By hittokiri on April 27th, 2013

Main cast members from the previous series has been confirmed to be reprising their roles in the upcoming new series. The site also announced that the production team has set up a twitter account for the new series. The twitter account can found here.

Yozakura Quartets official website was updated this past week. Details on the new series staff and cast were revealed.

The new series titled Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ will be directed by Ryo-timo (). He is also the chief animation director and will be doing the character designs. Suzuki Kiyotaka () will serve as assistant director. Scripting will be done by Ishikawa Manabu (). Animation production will be by Tatsunoko Production.

Earlier this week, Shingeki no Kyojin character designer Asano Kyoji ( ) made a twitter post seeking assistance from animators. The post resulted in fans of the series questioning if the studio in charge of the series s animation was suffering from staffing issues. Concerns were also raised with regards to series animation quality which had been of the highest standards. A follow up twitter post was made stating that he had receive many contacts and all should be fine. He also apologizes for causing concern to the fans. Source : TV Anime Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ Official Website, Yaraon!, @Jin115

Mayn and Oni Musha Soul collaborate again with theme song and appearance in game
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Mayn had also sung the first theme song for Oni Musha Soul, GET TOUGH, which is in her third album Heat. Both songs are also in the promotional videos for Oni Musha Soul, with GET TOUGH appearing in the first video, and Outrider appearing in the new, second video.

Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A Portable Game for PSP Announced


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Oni Musha Soul, a browser game for PC and smartphones, is having another collaboration with Mayn, with Outrider, the coupling track of her 7th single Run Real Run, being used as the new theme song of the game. The single also comes with a serial code to obtain the Songstress Commander Mayn, with art as shown in the illustration above drawn by Joon-Ho.Jeong. Run Real Run releases on 8th May, and the limited edition comes with a music video DVD. The normal edition (cover shown on the left below) retails for 1260yen while the limited edition (cover shown on the right below) retails for 1,890yen.

Alchemist opened a teaser site for the Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A Portable game for the PSP, and the only information given on it is that it is scheduled to be released in Summer 2013, and will be sold in both packaged and download editions. While what sort of game it will be is unknown, Alchemist had previously released the Saki Portable game, which can be said to be a moe mahjong game, with most of the
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game mechanics revolving around playing mahjong, with an adventure/story section as well. And since Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A is, like the original work it spun off from, about girls playing mahjong albeit with a nearly completely different cast than the original, the likelihood of this game being similar is pretty high. With the game adaptation of the original work having an adhoc multiplay function, making this new game able to play with it would be a sweet treat indeed.

Fate/kaleid liner PrismaIllya Promo Video and Cast Revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/fatekaleid-liner-prisma %E2%98%86illya-promo-video-cast-revealed/ By Xak on April 26th, 2013

Fate/kaleid liner PrismaIllya, a spin-off work from Type Moons Fate/stay night series, and has an anime adaptation by Silver Link set to air in July 2013, but it will be shown on NicoNico Live before it airs on TV. And there now is a promo video for that anime, and though there isnt much voice to go with it for now, its rather promising. We now also know of some of the staff and cast working on this show, and first off there is Oonuma Shin as Director. At Shaft, he worked often with Shinbou Akiyuki, and directed both ef anime seasons. At Silver Link, his works include Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, C and most recently, he was the Chief Director for Kokoro Connect. The opening theme will be sung by ChouCho, who sung the Hyouka and Girls und Panzer opening themes, as well as the ending theme for Suisei no Gargantia.

For the cast, Kadowaki Mai, Ueda Kana and Itou Shizuka will be reprising their roles as Illyasviel von Einzbern, Tohsaka Rin and Luviagelita Edelfelt respectively, and other main character of the series, Miyu Edelfelt, is voiced by Nazuka Kaori. Illyas Magical Stick, Magical Ruby, is voiced by Takano Naoko while Miyus, named Magical Sapphire, is voiced by Matsuki Miyu.

Kikis Delivery Service to get live action movie


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A live action adaptation of Kikis Delivery Service has been confirmed. The movie will star 16 year old Koshiba Fuuka () as the movies title role character. Koshiba Fuuka is a new comer who made her debut in the 2012 Fuji TV drama Ikidemo dekinai Natsu (). The movie will be directed by Shimizu Takashi (). He is best known as the director of the JUON () series of movies.

The continuation of the Tiger and Bunny movie trilogy has received a recent update. The release date, as well as a character redesign, have recently been revealed. The movie is now slated to premier February 8, 2014 (which is part of the winter 2013 season). The delay in release from fall 2013 to winter was said to allow for adjustments to improve the quality of the movie, and to make further adjustments to the story line. The staff from the first movie is making a return for the second film.

Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (Wild Tiger) will also be getting a make over for the new film. This includes a new hairstyle and outfit, to better match the activities he will be involved in this film, a continuation from last falls Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning.

Known also as Majo no Takkyubin (), Kikis Delivery Service is a 1985 book by childrens literture author Eiko Kadano (). It is about a young witch who according to tradition must live alone for a year when she turns 13 years old. The book was awarded the Noma Childrens Literature Award. A total of 5 sequels were written following the first book making it a 6 volume series. The final volume was published in 2009. The book was adapted into an anime movie by Studio Ghibli in 1989. It was produced, scripted and directed by Miyazaki Hayao (). The movie was a hit and became the highest grossing movie in Japan for 1989. The book was also been adapted into a musical in 1993. A revival for the musical was done in 1995 and 1996. Kikis Delivery Service is scheduled to make its theatrical release next spring. Source : Sponichi Annex Sources: AnimeAnime!

1st details on KyoAnis Free! (formerly only known as that sexy swimming anime)
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Tiger and Bunny: The Rising delayed to 2014


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Photography Director: Kazuya Takao Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka Composer: Tatsuya Katou Music production: Lantis Animation production: Kyoto Animation/Animation Do The OP song, Rage On!, will performed by OLDCODEX, while the ED song will be performed by the five main cast members. Free!s official site can be found here. Since the beginning of the countdown, Im sure a lot of you tried to guess what KyoAnis upcoming anime is. Did you guess right?

Remember that sexy swimming anime commercial revealed by Animation Do last month? It sure did create a huge uproar on the net and it even inspired a petition (by Crunchyroll) to make it into an actual TV anime. Well, it turns out that its not just a commercial. During the live broadcast by KyoAni, it has been revealed that the sexy swimming anime will premiere this July. Its official title is Free! with Nobunaga Shimazaki, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Tsubasa Yonaga, Daisuke Hirakawa and Mamoru Miyano as the main cast members.

Staff info: Director: Hiroko Utsumi Series composition: Masahiro Yokotani Character Designs: Futoshi Nishiya Art Director: Jouji Unoguchi Color Design: Yuuka Yoneda Accessory Design: Seiichi Akitake
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Shinji Mikamis new game The Evil Within


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/shinji-mikamis-game-evil/ By Ryo on April 26th, 2013

Not convinced that he is capable of doing so? Watched the live-action trailer release just last week and make a decision for yourself. It starts off innocently enough, with Bachs Air on G playing in the background, but as the video progresses, you start seeing images that are rather disturbing glass shards embedded into someones skin, a bloodied and perhaps skinless creature crawling across a window while some ominous flashing goes on outside It is certainly something that serves as a perfect nightmare fuel.

You may or may not have heard about it, but Resident Evils creator, Shinji Mikami, will be directing a new upcoming survival horror game titled The Evil Within. Also known as Project Zwei or Psychobreak, the plot revolves around a detective going by the name Sebastian, who was called out to investigate a gruesome mass murder at an asylum with two of his police companions, only to find the place littered with corpses everywhere. Sebastian was attacked and knocked unconscious; upon waking up, he finds himself in a different area infested with grotesque monsters lurking about. In order to make any sense of his situation, he is forced to fight his way through, facing his fears and going on a treacherous journey to find out what exactly is happening.

While the environment it is set in seems a little overused in survival horror (a dilapidated asylum), I doubt it would be what many fans of the genre or Shinji Mikami would expect. If he already wowed the horror fanbase with Resident Evil, enough to create a sub-genre out of it and serve as an inspiration for future survival horror creators, The Evil Within will certainly not be a letdown. In the development video, Shinji Mikami mentions that aside from using your typical weapons, for example axes, knives, or guns, players are also allowed to set traps to attack enemies that they might have no information whatsoever about on how their movements or attacks are like. And aside from these enigmatic enemies, they are also featuring your typical zombies in order to even them out, giving both enough scares and action for the players to immerse themselves in.

In recent years, not many decent survival horror games have been made, and expectations of games with this particular genre have been set lower. But with Shinji Mikamis return, the bar might be raised up once more, seeing as the original Resident Evil was what defined the genre of survival horror. Even the man himself states that survival horror has been drifting away from what makes it survival horror. And so I want to bring it back. Bring back survival horror to where it was.
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So, what exactly are the enigmatic enemies you are talking about, you may ask. Well, perhaps the most memorable one in the whole trailer would be the butcher-like entity with a safe wrapped around in chains for a head and carrying a chainsaw. It may remind some Silent Hill fans of Pyramid Head, but personally I think it reminds me of the Butcher from Silent Hill: Origins even more so than the former.

What happens when an otaku travels to a fantasy world filled with beatiful girls? That question will be answered by the newly revealed anime Outbreak Company. The latest issue of Weekly Shounen Magazine has announced the anime adaptation of Outbreak Company: Moeru Shinryakusha (Outbreak Company: Passionately Burning Invader), a light novel series written by Ichirou Sakaki and illustrated by Yuugen. The second one that strikes me the most would definitely be the four-armed (with claw-like fingers instead, but that is not surprising), blood covered long-haired creature that surfaces from a pool of blood and crawled towards the screen at the end of the live-action trailer. Creepy? Definitely. Adding on to the fact that it can crawl on horizontal surfaces as demonstrated earlier when it trailed across the window, it is certainly something that you do not want prowling around your premises. Sadly, The Evil Within currently has no release date yet, and perhaps only around 2014 can we get a proper release date, but Bethesda has revealed that it will be made available for the XBOX 360, PS3, and the PC. As for now, we can only pin our hopes for more trailer and gameplay releases periodically as well as frequent updates from the Tango team. Source: IGN The story revolves around a high school dropout named Shinichi Kano whose father is a light novel author and mother is an adult game artist. As a result, he considers himself a thoroughbred otaku, and his only distinguishing feature is his vast understanding of moe. Somehow, Shinichi is given the job of being a moe evangelist and traveling to the mystical Eldant Empire, where he makes friends with a half-elf maid and a beautiful, young empress. Predictably, he gets used to the world until terrorists strike! The light novel series has been running since December of 2011, and the sixth volume will be released on May 2. Ichirou Sakaki is also responsible for writing Scrapped Princess and Magicians Academy (aka Macademi Wasshoi!). No dates or staff info have been revealed yet, but you should keep an eye on Outbreak Company if you want a fantasy anime with a twist.

Fantasy moe anime Outbreak Company announced


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It has been decided that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Momoiro Clover Z, and reggae band Shnan no Kaze will be appearing in this years Video Music Awards Japan, or VMAJ. The MTV VMAJ will be on June 22, in Chiba, Makuhari Messe. These artists would not only perform, but also participate in the event. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is nominated for the awards Best Pop Video and Best Karaoke Song while Momoiro Clover Z is nominated for Best Choreography. Its would be interesting to see if they win the awards. For this years VMAJ, the hosts are Maeda Atsuko and Kaneko Nobuaki (RIZE). Here are the list of performers. Source: Yaraon ===

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Momoiro Clover Z, Shnan no Kaze to appear at VMAJ 2013
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-momoiroclover-z-shonan-kaze-vmaj-2013/ By Az on April 26th, 2013

MTV VMAJ 2013 June 22, 2013 Chiba, Makuhari Messe Performers: BENI / Carly Rae Jepsen / EXILE (video performance) / Fukuhara Miho / IMAGINE DRAGONS / Kato Miliyah x Shimizu Shota / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu / Momoiro Clover Z / Nishino Kana / Shnan no Kaze / TLC / and more Presenters: AK-69 / AMIAYA / Gouriki Ayame / and more MC: Maeda Atsuko and Kaneko Nobuaki (RIZE) source: natalie

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Additional artists for this years ANIMELO announced + artist list


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/additional-artists-years-animeloannounced-artist-list/ By Az on April 29th, 2013

It has been announced that there will be additional artists for anisong event Animelo Summer Live 2013 -FLAG NINE- . This event is going to be held on August 23 25 on Saitama Super Arena. Ray will be added for the performance on the 23rd, OLDCODEX and Zwei for the performance on the 24th, voice actors Komatsu Mikako and Suzumura Kenichi, and STRISH for the performance on the 25th. STRISH is a male voice actor unit borne from the anime Uta NoPrincesama MAJI LOVE2000. The aforementioned Suzumura Kenichi is part of this group, along with Terashima Takuma, Taniyama Kish, Miyano Mamoru, Suwabe Junichi, Shimono Hiro, and Ksuke Toriumi. Also included are Sphere, Mizuki Nana, GRANRODEO, Mayn, and many more. General ticket selling for Animelo Summer Live 2013 FLAG NINE- will start on June 30. Below is the artist line-up for this event. ===

Animelo Summer Live 2013 -FLAG NINE- August 23 25, Saitama Super Arena August 23 Performances: ALI PROJECT / Kushida Akira / ZAQ / Chihara Minori / ChouCho / nano.RIPE / Mayn / Momoiro Clover Z / Ray / and more August 24 Performances: angela / Uesaka Sumire / OLDCODEX /Kuribayashi Minami / GRANRODEO / Zwei / T-Pistonz+KMC / Nakajima Megumi / and more August 25 Performances: Ogura Yui / Kurosaki Maon / Komatsu Mikako / Suzumura Kenichi / STRISH / Sphere / Tamura Yukari / Tominaga TOMMY Hiroaki / Mizuki Nana / Miyano Mamoru / Yui Kaori / and more All tickets at 8500 yen, tickets start selling on June 30

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AKB48 to have concerts on 5 major domes + new team shuffle


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/akb48-concert-5-domes-teamshuffle/ By Az on April 29th, 2013

August 7, 2013 Kyocera Dome Osaka, Osaka August 8, 2013 Kyocera Dome Osaka, Osaka August 16, 2013 Nagoya Dome, Aichi August 17, 2013 Nagoya Dome, Aichi August 22, 2013 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo August 23, 2013 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo August 24, 2013 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo August 25, 2013 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo === Also announced during the concert is a new team shuffle for this spring. This surprise is brought to the girls by AKB48 manager, Togasaki Tomonobu. The spring team shuffle is Kenkyuusei (research student) promotion and is a team shuffle mostly concerning the members who are assigned to two teams and those with activities with overseas groups. === AKB48 Haru no Jinji Kenkyuusei Promotions: Hirata Rina to Team K Sasaki Yukari to Team A Omori Miyu to Team B Concurrency Cancellations/Appointments: (those cancelled will stop activities with the team they have cancelled with, those appointed will be part of two teams) AKB48 Team K / SKE48 Team S Kitahara Rie concurrency cancel with SKE48 Team S AKB48 Team A / NMB48 Team N Yokoyama Yui concurrency cancel with NMB48 Team N SKE48 Team K-II / AKB48 Team B Ishida Anna concurrency cancel with AKB48 Team B NMB48 Team N / AKB48 Team A Kotani Riho concurrency cancel with AKB48 Team A AKB48 Team B Oba Mina concurrency with SKE48 Team K-II AKB48 Team B Ichikawa Miori concurrency with NMB48 Team N SKE48 Team E Furuhata Nao concurrency with AKB48 Team K NMB48 Team M Yagura Fuko concurrency with AKB48 Team A HKT48 Team H Kodama Haruka concurrency with AKB48 Team A SNH48 Miyazawa Sae concurrency with AKB48 Team K SNH48 Suzuki Mariya concurrency with AKB48 Team A JKT48 Takajo Aki concurrency with AKB48 Team B HKT48 Sashihara Rino appointed as HKT48 Theater Manager === Before this, it has been decided that Kitahara Rie will transfer to SKE48 K-II, but apparently that will be null as she is to be assigned to AKB48 only. This also caused much confusion among the SKE48 girls. Other mention worthy members are Yokoyama Yui, Takajo Aki, Miyazawa Sae, and Sashihara Rino. Yokoyama Yui is part of NMB48s frontline so its surprising that they take her out after a short while. Miyazawa Sae and Takajo Aki are high-ranking members that have been assigned overseas so members and concert audience alike rejoiced when then
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It has been announced that AKB48 will be having concerts on 5 major domes this summer, including Tokyo Dome. This was announced yesterday in Nippon Budoukan during the last day of their four-day special 48-group concert, AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai~Shirokuro Tsukeyou Janai Ka!~ through a surprise VTR that left the girls in shock and left them overwhelmed. They will be having 11 performances in 5 different domes. === AKB48 5-Dome Concert (title undecided) July 20, 2013 Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome, Fukuoka July 21, 2013 Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome, Fukuoka July 31, 2013 Sapporo Dome, Hokkaido

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heard this news. On the funnier side of the announcement, while it seemed like Sashihara Rino will finally return to AKB48, she instead gets assigned as HKT48s theater manager. No details yet as to when this shuffle would take effect. This concert was streamed live yesterday in YouTube as part of YouTubes Japan Music Week. sources: natalie, YouTube, AKB48 Official Site image: Papico, YouTube

Girls und Panzer movie coming in 2014


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/girls-und-panzer-movieannounced-2014/ By SunSoftware on April 29th, 2013

Anchovy is the commander of Anzio High Schools tank team, whom Oarai Girls Academy fights in episode 7. However, the TV series skipped their match, and Anchovy had about seven seconds of face time. To add insult to injury, guess who is missing on the cover of GaruPans fifth Blu-ray disc?

Now, the match against Anzio will finally be animated, so fans who have sympathized with Anchovy can rejoice, such as the one who drew this comic:

The Girls und Panzer anime ended just last month and became a hit, but its not stopping there. Fans will be excited to hear that a GaruPan movie and an OVA featuring Anzio High School have been announced. The Heartful Tank Carnival took place on Sunday in Tokyos Differ Ariake, where the staff announced that a brand new Girls und Panzer movie is in production and scheduled to be released next year. Just like the TV series, the movie is being directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Girls und Panzer, the anime is centered around girls from Oarai Girls Academy who fight in tanks as a sport and compete against other schools. The anime started airing last fall, but the last two episodes were delayed until March. Although no other details were given on the movie, the staff also announced a new OVA featuring Anchovy. Whats that, you say? You watched the anime and dont know anyone named Anchovy?

Did I do something wrong? I worked so hard to fight against Oarai and it was all cut out Can I go home? I want to cook pasta, chobi Furthermore, a fan DVD with footage of the Heartful Tank Carnival will be released in September. The event didnt
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feature a real-life tank like last months Girls und Panzer Kairaku Festa, but the main cast members and Choucho made an appearance, so fans should look forward to that, as well.

Moe Toyota passed last years voice acting auditions held by Style Cube (the production company in charge of StylipS) and had minor roles in Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! and Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai. Her hobby is dancing and her special talents include memorization and playing the trumpet. Source: Garupans Official Twitter

Moe Toyota and Miku Itou join StylipS


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/moe-toyota-miku-itou-join-stylips/ By SunSoftware on April 28th, 2013

Miku Itou also passed last years Style Cube Seiyuu Audition and voices the idol Yuriko Nanao in the social game The Idolm@ster Million Live. Her hobbies are watching anime, dancing, and the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (the classical collection of Japanese poems), while her special talent is kendo (lowest grade). Theyre not exactly high-profile voice actresses like Ogura and Ishihara, but now that theyve joined StylipS, they may become rising stars in the near future. For those of you who arent familiar with StylipS, the voice actress unit performed the opening themes of NakaImo and Saki Achiga-Hen Episode of Side-A, and they released their first best-of album last Wednesday. There are no news on the relaunched units first single or performance, but even without Ogura and Ishihara, the girls will keep working hard, so fans should look forward to their next work. Source: StylipS homepage

One week has passed since Yui Ogura and Kaori Ishihara graduated from the voice actress unit StylipS. The staff at Lantis havent wasted time, because they already picked two new girls to replace them. Meet the two newest members of StylipS, Moe Toyota and Miku Itou.

Even more menu items added to Roppongi Hills Miku Caf


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/menu-items-added-roppongi-hillsmiku-cafe/

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In addition to previous menu items reported at the Miku Caf , more details and menu items have been revealed. The caf itself will still run until June 16th, but now has a greater variety of items and, in collaboration with the museum, a greater amount for visitors to do. A sculpture of Miku by ixima will now great visitors at the location, and stands at a 1:1 scale [158 centimeters tall]. In the art exhibit, visitors will also have a chance to demo Sonys Portable Project by viewing movies through the Vocaloid Cinema Party function. This is an application that will run on the 16 tablets provided by Sony for the event, and will include its own special menu function.

The Romeo and Cinderella Alluring Caramel Pie features the polkadotted design of Mikus iconic camisole from the video as the top crust.

Prices for the dishes will range from 700 yen for cocktails to 1,000 yen for curry. Source: AnimeAnime

The menu has also been expanded from the 39 (Miku) Curry and levan Polkka cocktail to include a StargazeR and Neko Mimi Switch cocktails, as well as a variety of other Miku themed food.

Makers of Neptunia collaborate with Final Fantasy veterans to make fantasy RPG
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/makers-neptunia-collaborate-finalfantasy-veterans-fantasy-rpg/ By SunSoftware on April 28th, 2013

This includes a Miku Fried Rice which has been colored green to match the divas hair.

A Milk (Miku) Tea Set for afternoon tea time.

In an unexpected union, the developers of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series have joined forces with the Final Fantasy veterans Nobuo Uematsu and Yoshitaka Amano to make a brand new RPG.
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On April 22, the developer Compile Heart announced that they are creating a new brand called Galapagos RPG, which they claim is targeted towards specific Japanese customers. Although were not sure what they mean by that, they announced three days later that the Neptunia Team (the team that makes the Hyperdimension Neptunia games) is collaborating with the artist Yoshitaka Amano, who has worked on the Final Fantasy series since the first FF game, and Nobuo Uematsu, one of the most famous composers in the video game industry who has also made music for the FF series since the beginning and has his own band called Earthbound Papas. We dont know anything else about the game, but Compile Heart also aired this teaser video: As the video says, the first game from Galapagos RPG will be officially revealed in the issue of Famitsu Weekly released on May 9, so well find out more about it then. What do you think this game could be? And how in the world can Neptunia Team juggle this game along with three other PS Vita games coming this year? Before Compile Hearts revealed this teaser, they also released this video celebrating the birth of Galapagos RPG. It doesnt actually have any information, but it does have a peppy march tune. Source: Galapagos RPG homepage

familiar tune by Ali Project. Those of you who are fans of the original Rozen Maiden from 2004 will be filled with nostalgia when you lay your eyes on this trailer. Now that youre filled to the brims with nostalgia, you may want to watch all of the past episodes again. Luckily for you, the animes website has also listed details on the two Blu-ray box sets that will be available before the anime airs. The first season box set will be released on May 24 and cost 19,950 yen. The box will contain: A beautiful disc case illustrated by Peach-Pit All twelve episodes of the first season Audio commentary for episode 1 by the voice actresses Miyuki Sawashiro and Asami Sanada. Credit-less versions of the opening and ending animations A 12-page booklet

Rozen Maiden gets new trailer and BD box sets


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/rozen-maiden-trailer-bd-box-sets/ By SunSoftware on April 28th, 2013

Not only that, but the first press run will include bonus Graphig figures of Shinku and Suigintou, so hardcore fans who want these cute figures should get their copies as quickly as possible.

Do you want a sneak peek of the upcoming Rozen Maiden? Do you want to watch the first two seasons again with Bluray quality? If the answer to either question is yes, then youll want to read on. A new trailer of the upcoming Rozen Maiden anime has been posted on the animes official website featuring all of the dolls from the previous iterations, as well as a new, yet

The second season, Rozen Maiden Trumend, will get its own Blu-ray box set on June 28 and cost 22,575 yen. It will include all 12 episodes of the anime, as well as the two episodes of the side story Rozen Maiden Ouvertre. No picture of this box set is available, but it will contain similar bonus content as the first season box. Instead of Graphig
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figures, however, the first press run will include three dressup cards with their own holder. Once youve seen the entire series again, youll be ready for the next Rozen Maiden anime coming this July. If you want to check the cast and staff again, then be sure to read our previous article. Source: Rozen Maiden homepage

finally, we four can perform together once again and have a blast on our 5th year since our debut, comments flumpool vocalist Yamamura Ryouta. flumpool will be celebrating their 5th-year debut anniversary with a back-to-back Budoukan performance on October 1 and 2. source: natalie

flumpools Sakai Kazuki (G) to pause visual activities to focus on dieting


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/flumpools-sakai-kazuki-g-pausevisual-activities-order-diet/ By Az on April 27th, 2013

Square Enix starts closed beta for The Thousand Year Hero ~Guides Through Time~
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/square-enix-starts-closed-betathousand-year-hero-guides-time/ By Zenko on April 27th, 2013

flumpools guitarist, Sakai Kazuki, has just declared that he has decided to pause his visual activities with the band to get this focus on losing weight. Since their debut, Sakai has tried many different diets but has only suffered from setbacks and has just kept on rebounding. Before he knows it, he already has a body figure unfit for a rock band. Because of this, and also in order to really lose weight, he has hardened his resolve and boldly announced his plans. It is stated in the official site that Sakai plans to successfully diet until the end of June and to make a comeback then. Now although Sakai has decided to put a pause in his visual activities, he will still participate in the bands songwriting, radio show, and will continue blogging. flumpool is now having a recruitment for a temporary help to fill the gap left by their guitarist. As of now, the requirements are: must look like Sakai Kazuki; must be able to wear stylish clothes for CD jackets; must be used to standing onstage. Fans of flumpool, stay tuned as they look for their temporary guitarist. For now, I want him to finally be successful with his dieting and, in a different aspect, become a bigger person. And

Square Enixs new browser based game The Thousand Year Hero ~ Guides Through Time~ (Sennen Yuusha ~Tokiwatari no Tomoshibito~ [~]) has entered its beta phase as of April 26, 2013. As part of Yahoos Game service, Square Enix will begin the beta phase of Thousand Year Hero ~Guides Through Time~ and will allow 200 people to test the game. Hiroki Yokoyama of Nier fame will produce it, with Ryoma Ito [Final Fantasy Tactics Advance] heading character design.

In the game, players will face the Devil King of Darkness who has control of the world. Players will be able to embark on missions of their choosing, taking on the role of temporary village leader in their own town. They will be able to enter
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dungeons nearby with other players and find the way to seal the Devil King away. The hero will take on this role, as the land has fallen to evil and is being threatened with calamity. The game will feature the same job system as past Square Enix games, allowing players to choose how they will play. The town that the player will be in charge of can be supported by other players if they choose and supports customization. Outside of this, there will also be some story elements that will take place in it.

the Kokoro Scope or Heart Scope, may help you retrieve an extra bit of detail in the witness testimonies when youre cross-examining them. When a witness is lying in his or testimony, or maybe just genuinely cannot quite remember something very important, Phoenix Wright and his team of hard-hitting, truth-finding attorneys can rely on the Kokoro Scope to zoom in and pick up on emotions the cases witnesses are feeling as they describe something in their testimonies. For instance, the trailer depicts an example where a cases witness is recounting what she experienced at the crime scene something about concrete debris falling near her. Through the Kokoro Scope, Wright notices that the witness displays signs of shock when describing that debris was falling. That much is normal. Whats quite unnatural is, when she goes on to describe the manner in which the debris crumbled, by imitating the sound that they made, the witness actually exhibited signs of joy in addition to shock. Why would someone experience joy when describing crumbling debris? Lets press her on that! Its a little bit similar to the new mechanic introduced in Gyakuten Saiban 4 (also known as Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney in the West), where youre required to pick up on unnatural body gestures in order to catch a witness lying in their testimony. Except this time around youre looking for emotions one of four possible types: joy, grief, anger or shock instead of body language. Which Im really quite relieved to learn (assuming the body gesture system doesnt return in this Gyakuten Saiban 5), for in that game, you were actually required to pick up on I kid you not a particular witness sweating while in the middle of of his testimony. I had to use a guide for that part.

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New Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban 5 promo shows off anime cutscenes, Heart Scope system
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/gyakuten-saiban-5-trailer/ By KarbyP on April 27th, 2013

Gyakuten Saiban 5 for the 3DS comes out in Japan July 25. Gamers who pre-order the title in stores over there are entitled to a DLC costume pack that includes series protagonist Phoenix Wrights suit he wore back in the first three games. An English release for the title has not yet been announced.

A new trailer for Gyakuten Saiban 5, the latest in Capcoms popular turnabout courtoom adventure game series, has hit the Interwebs today. On top of running through the games main characters, the trailer offers a sneak peek of some of the 2D anime cutscenes youll see in the full game (for the first time in the series, the entire game is portrayed mostly with 3D character models instead of 2D sprites), as well as provide a concrete example (oh, youll see) as to how a new system mechanic,
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13 JinTai Fairy figures now available for pre-order


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/jintai-fairy-figures-pre-order/ By SunSoftware on May 1st, 2013

They look so simple, yet so cute! With a variety of poses, youll also have fun plaeing them in random spots throughout your home.

If youre a figure collector and you like cute, tiny things, then you might want to get these fairy figures from the quirky anime Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita. The hobby store AmiAmi in now accepting pre-orders for the latest set of JinTai Yousei-san (fairy) figures, which includes these six mischievous, little fairies: Sitting One hand raised A One hand raised B Hanging Lying Nakata-san

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These 50mm fairies will be released in late August, but you can pre-order them now for 3,580 yen. Also available for pre-order are these fairies doing oh my gosh! These fairies will be released at the same time with the same price as the previous group. But thats not all! You can also pre-order this figure of the main character, Watashi. Usually, anime figures are 1/7 scale or smaller, but this figure is actual size!

Its the weird dance from JinTais opening animation!

Seriously, its actual size. This is the fairy version of Watashi from one of the Blu-ray bonus episodes. At a whopping 100 mm, its twice the size of the previous fairy figures. Watashi is dressed in her typical green explorer outfit, but now that shes adorable and fairy-sized, she has also equipped a helmet and shovel (well, an eggshell and a measuring spoon).

Thats right, you can now reenact that catchy, funky dance with these figures. Also thrown in for good measure is a sitting figure of the turquoise fairy from the episode The Secret Tea Party.

Watashi also comes with a sack of cookies, and her measuring spoon has the number 31 printed on it, which fans of the anime should understand.

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Tenma Matsukaze will also be returning as the main character of the show. The Second Stage Children victors will also return to the modern era to join the Raimon team, the main team of the show. With the ban on soccer lifted as well, teams from around the world can enjoy it, suggesting an appearance of more characters from around the world. In fact, Tenma will be spearheading a tour around the world to remind people about the fun in soccer.

The fairy Watashi figure will depart for adventure in early August and can be pre-ordered now for 3,780 yen. With all of these fairy figures, JinTai fans and figure collectors will have many new friends this August. Source: AmiAmi, Amiblog

Because of the series message, famous calligraphy artist Sisyu will be collaborating by writing the advertisement text on promotional posters. The phrases read The destination is the world! The rebirth of Inazuma Eleven Go! ( !!). Source: AnimeAnime

Inazuma Eleven Go: Galaxy premieres May 8


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/inazuma-eleven-galaxypremiers-8th/ By Zenko on May 1st, 2013

Like Puyo Puyo!! Quest? Then youll love these Puyo Puyo commemorative iPhone 5 cases
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/puyo-puyo-love-puyo-puyocommemorative-iphone-5-cases/ By KarbyP on May 1st, 2013

Inazuma 11s next season kicks off May 8 and famous calligraphy artist Sisyu is helping to promote it. Although it started in 2008 as a kids show, Inazuma Eleven has since expanded to several seasons and series, and the next installment will be starting May 8th. Titled Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy, it will continue where last season ended and will be the third installment of the Inazuma Eleven Go series.
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Im a guy but Im not afraid to admit that I want one. And although you can simply buy them from all good retailers that carry Dezaegg products, Sega is planning to give out 24 of these cases away in a promotional contest for Puyo Puyo!! Quest. Segas Puyo Puyo!! Quest (!!) iOS game app has managed to rack up an impressive 500,000 downloads in just three short days after it was launched on Apples digital platform last week on April 24. In an effort to get more of those 500,000 (and counting) users to link up their Twitter accounts to the game app and share their progress with their friends, Sega is organising a lottery contest to pick out 24 lucky gamers who will each receive a Puyo Puyo themed iPhone 5 case, made by the character-themed case artisans over at Dezaegg.

To be eligible for the contest, all you have to do is link up your Twitter account to Puyo Puyo!! Quest between May 1 to May 7, 11.59PM Japan time (GMT+0900 hours). Winners will be notified on May 24 via a direct messsage from @puyoquest. If picked, youll probably need a Japanese shipping address (or a friend whos living there) to claim your prize the game is intended for the Japanese market, after all but youll have plenty of time to worry about that after youve actually won the contest. Apart from the iPhone case contest, from now till May 7, Puyo Puyo!! Quest players will also receive a free magical stone every single day they log in.

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Mobile app Kame Camera: create action manga style scenes out of your photos
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/mobile-app-kame-camera-createaction-manga-style-scenes-photos/ By ellehaym on May 1st, 2013

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Ever underwent the purikura experience (purikura being a Japanese acronym for Print Club photo booth marchines in the arcades)? Isnt it nice how you can pick cute and beautiful backgrounds and themes for a photo with a friend or your significant other? Now, if you want to have an action-packed picture where you can fuse fantasy with reality, and pose like Son Goku or Darth Vader, Nagisa Inc.s Kame Camera is a great app to play with. Kame Camera (which is a word play of Gokus powerful technique) allows its users to decorate their photos with action manga effect stamps. Its a free mobile app available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

Remember the Moji Maker Z which was released as part of the promotions for the Battle of Gods movie? Im sure your customised DBZ logo would perfectly match the Kame Camera edited photo. Try it out! The app is available in Japanese and English. The edited photos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter and LINE. via Crunchyroll

flumpool, SID to showcase JRock to the world in Music Matters 2013, Singapore
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/flumpool-sid-showcase-j-rock-worldsingapore/ By Az on May 1st, 2013

So what are the results after letting photos have the Kame Camera treatment? Check out these samples:

The app was inspired by the Makankosappo, an internet meme started by high school girls in Japan which eventually became an internet sensation. They shot photos of what seemed like a person launching a special attack and the rest are affected by it. According to Crunchyroll, the developers claim that this app was supervised by the students who started the Makankosappo trend (this is, however, unconfirmed).
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countries, as well as Singapores very own. Admission is free, but it is also planned to be streamed live. The venues announced as of now are Beer Market, China One, Crazy Elephant, The Fountain Stage, Fern & Kiwi, and Paulaner Bruhaus. For more information on the event, as well as its artist lineup, check out the Music Matters Facebook Page. sources: natalie, Music Matters Allthatmatters Official Website Official Facebook,

It has been revealed that flumpool and SID will be performing in the international event Music Matters 2013, which is going to be held on May 22 May 24 on eight venues all over Clarke Quay. flumpool and SID will be appearing on the main stage on May 23, 9:00 PM in front of an expected audience of 15,000. They will appear and perform in a segment called J-rock Matters presented by BARKS.

New PV for Soul Reviver brings in Wolf Children Ame and Yuki animation team
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/pv-soul-reviver-brings-wolf-childrename-yuki-animation-team/ By Zenko on May 1st, 2013

Furthermore, these two bands will appear on Beer Market in Clarke Quay in an invite-only live with three-man band WEAVER, creating an intense Japanese line-up. While the segment flumpool and SID are appearing in will be around 9:00 PM, their appearance for this invitational live on Beer Market will be on 11:00 PM. On another note, as previously reported, flumpool guitarist Sakai Kazuki will be putting a temporary cease to his visual activities with the band until the end of June. Theres a chance that he will not be appearing for this event, and will instead have a temporary help stand in for him. ======

To help promote the new manga by GTO artist Tohru Fujisawa, a 3DCG promotional video was recently released. The video was created in 30 days by the same animation company for Wolf Children Ame and Yuki [Ookami Kodomo to Ame to Yuki], who previously won Japans Annual Academy Award in Animation. The entire PV is created in 3DCG, and runs for 1 minute and 40 seconds (see below). Although the initial concept and story were created by Fujisawa, the character designs and art for it are being put out by Go-On!s Manabu Akishige. The main plot is that those who have died can be saved and resurrected by Soul Revivers, in this case main characters Jin and Kurara who are both seen in heavy action sequences throughout the PV. The 3 volume bundle set of the manga that the PV is promoting will include added commentary by AKB48 and SNH48 member Sae Miyazawa.

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New Soul Sacrifice Premium Edition bundle (English ver. + 16GB memory card) comes to Asia May 2
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/soul-sacrifice-premiumbundle-16gb-memory-card/ By KarbyP on April 30th, 2013

The Soul Sacrifice Premium Edition (English version) is easily the best PS Vita bundle Ive seen released in Asia yet. Of course, previously there had already been a Soul Sacrifice Premium Edition bundle, released back in March in Japan and other Asian markets. But that one only featured a 4GB memory card. And, well, the game was in Japanese. But whats amazing about the new bundle is that even though it now comes with the English version, Asia is the only region to get it. For a limited time period while stocks last, Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong is making available an enhanced Soul Sacrifice Premium Bundle that comes with a physical copy of Soul Sacrifice (English version) along with a 16GB memory card. Price? S$439 (US$356.34). If youve been waiting for a killer app to get a PS Vita for, Soul Sacrifice could be it its been touted as one of the platforms biggest releases this year. For those of you who already own a PS Vita, a hard copy of the game can be picked up at all good video game retailers in Singapore on May 2 for S$54.90. Alternatively, a digitally released version of the game can also be purchased from the PlayStation store for S$44.90.
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In fact, the only other region to receive a Soul Sacrifice (English version) bundle is France. And theirs is quite different (read: worse) than ours. Can you spot the difference?

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Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 home consoles is slated for release on September 17. The game will feature three protagonists (youve just met them) in a sandbox world Los Santos thats said to be bigger than the settings in Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and GTA IV combined.

Disgaea Legion Battle has characters from the entire series plus other NIS games
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/disgaea-legion-battle-charactersentire-series-nis-games/ By KarbyP on April 30th, 2013

Answer: Apart from the exterior of the PS Vita unit itself, the bundle available in France does not come with a physical copy of Soul Sacrifice. Instead, gamers there receive a voucher to download the game from PSN. The new Soul Sacrifice Premium Edition bundle will be available in Asia beginning May 2.

Grand Theft Auto V: Meet Michael, Franklin, and Trevor [Trailer]


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/grand-theft-auto-v-meet-michaelfranklin-trevor-trailer/ By KarbyP on April 30th, 2013

Not only does Disgaea Legion Battle, a free-to-play Android trading card game app, contains characters from every Disgaea instalment (1 to 4, plus D2), it also features those from other Nippon Ichi Software works such as Criminal Girls, Rhapysody: A Musical Adventure, and horror series Hayarigami. Thats a lot of star power. But its not the biggest draw that Disgaea Legion Battles collaborators, Nippon Ichi Software and developer GMO Game Center, are touting. Up to 15 players can form a legion to take on rival teams in the game. Depending on your choice of characters, the battle tactics your legion will employ are said to change drastically.

Ladies and gentlemen, Rockstar fans everywhere, the moment youve been waiting for is finall here. Behold! The latest trailer for Grand Theft Auto V!

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Sick of missing a shot with 96% accuracy in 2K and Firaxis Games critically-acclaimed strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Wish you could just take aim and pull the damned trigger to blast the heads off those cursed aliens yourself? Later this year, you will be able to. In The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, a tactical third-person shooter set in the XCOM universe, thats slated to be released internationally on August 23 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC gaming platforms. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified takes players back to the world of 1962, when John F. Kennedy was still president, and the on-going Cold War has got the entire US of A living in constant worry, not knowing when or if their peaceful lives might one day be engulfed in a wartime scenario due to communist activity. But communism is not the only threat America faces. Unbeknownst to the public, a far deadlier threat has begun to invade the US, and only the few members of a top-secret government unit known as The Bureau knows about their existence the world is not quite ready to learn the truth about extraterrestrials. Youll take the role of special agent William Carter, and lead a team of highly-trained, elite soldiers in this tactical shooter where, true to XCOMs pedigree, you will need more than simple sharpshooting to take down the otherworldly threat. The Bureau tells the story of XCOMs mysterious beginnings, said Morgan Gray, creative director at The Bureau: XCOM Declassified developer 2K Marin (also the makers of BioShock 2). Were expanding the universe with a declassified tale of government conspiracy and heroic cover-ups told through third-person tactical gameplay. The team has been working hard to leverage core XCOM elements like tactical decision-making and permanent death of squad mates in a purposeful way that makes this a unique tactical shooter, Gray added. To that end, The Bureau will challenge players unlike any other third-person tactical shooter.

The game was just recently launched last Friday (April 26), and to commmemorate the start of service, players who clear the in-game tutorial will be able to redeem a complimentary set of character cards Disgaeas Laharl, Etna and Flonne to start their legion war efforts with. You will need a GMO Game account (free registration) to play the game on Android. Actually, you may need a Japanese Android device too; were not sure if the game is region-restricted. If youre willing to give it a shot and see if the game works on your Android smartphone or tablet, head over to the Google Play store page here to download the app. Source: Dengeki

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified coming to the X360, PS3, and PC internationally on August 23
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/the-bureau-xcom-declassifiedcoming-x360-ps3-pc-internationally-august-23/ By KarbyP on April 30th, 2013

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For more information on The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, head over to the games official site here.

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A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

After report on KAWAii MATSURi!!! first day, MATSURi DA TOKYO!!


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/report-kawaii-matsuri-day-matsurida-tokyo/ By Az on May 3rd, 2013

For the first day of this festival, the theme was MATSURi DA TOKYO!!, or ITS A FESTIVAL, TOKYO!. The stage and performances for this day revolved around idols and anisong, and so, that is how it unfolded. On the outdoor stage, ENNICHi, a mini live was conducted by up and coming idols such as AOP, Love La Doll, PPP!PiXiON, and Yun*chi and Kurika Maki, along with mascots of well-known figures in Tokyo.

Last April 20, 21, pop culture festival KAWAii MATSURi!!!was held. The venue was in Sendagaya, Tokyo Gymnasium.

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After the mini-live and the greeting done in ENNICHi stage, the event moves on to the inner main stage, KAWAii. The live is opened by 7!!, Shiina Hikari, Haruna Luna, and trumpet player FRESH-na-menmen(). Next to shine on stage is the livetune x rhizomatiks x Hatsune Miku for their special collaboration. Next are consecutive performances from various idols such as BiS, dempa-gumi inc., LinQ, and Negicco. Their fans go wild as they sing and dance, and do fan service. For the break in performances, popular cosplayers from Japanese cosplay website Cure strut their cosplay on the runway, much to the cheering of the crowd.

The days final act, one with the key part of closing the stage, is none other than anisong legend T.M.Revolution. As he appears on stage, the crowd stands in unison and with him, raise their fists in the air. As if all their minds are connected, the crowd heats up and swells with excitement. In the end the audience is an ocean of light sticks. They raise their sticks as all the performers, with much passion and joy, shouts MATSURi DA TOKYO!!. Check here for the complete gallery of all the stages for the first day. Refer to this article for the artist line-up for both days. source: KAWAii MATSURi Official Site

Atelier Premium Live, the Atelier series first concert, coming on May 26
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/atelier-premium-live-comingmonth/ By SunSoftware on May 3rd, 2013

The live then proceed to the most awaited performances anisongs. The segment starts with powerful songs with the powerful voice of Aoi Eir (Sword Art Online, Gundam AGE, Fate/Zero). KAKATTE KOI! (bring it!) shouts Nakagawa Shoko, the next performer, and sings enthusiastically sings her hits. Next, the stage heats up more as one of the pillars of anisong, Mayn, appears on stage.

The Atelier RPG series is known not only for its gripping gameplay, but also for its fascinating music. With the approach of the latest instalment Atelier Escha & Logy, Gust has announced the series first dedicated concert. The Atelier Premium Live will take place on May 26 at Pasela Resort Ginza and feature various musicians from Atelier Escha & Logy and previous Atelier games, including the artists listed below. Haruka Shimotsuki

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Haruka Shimotsuki is a longtime partner of Gust who is known for her fantastical melodies and has composed songs for many of the Atelier games, as well as other games and the anime Rozen Maiden. ACRYLICSTAB

The vocalist of the J-pop band Local Bus who performed the peaceful opening theme of Atelier Ayesha, Hanashirube, as well as Little Crown from Atelier Meruru. People who buy a ticket to the concert will receive a free mini-soundtrack album for Atelier Escha & Logy, and of course, there will be more merchandise on sale at the event. Tickets to the event cost 4,800 yen, so fans of the Atelier games who will be in Japan this month should preorder or buy their tickets on Gusts online shop. Meanwhile, the rest of us can wait for Atelier Escha & Logy to come to the PS3 on June 27. On a final note, the original soundtrack and vocal album for the game will be released one day before the game, so mark your calendars for those, as well. Source: Dengeki

A rock duo who not only contributed the song Mugendai Chronicle to Atelier Escha and Logy, but have also written music for anime, such as the character song album of Minamike Tadaima. Asako Nasu

Anime merchandise shops invaded by Shingeki no Kyojin displays


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/anime-merchandise-shops-invadedshingeki-kyojin-displays/ By hittokiri on May 3rd, 2013

A fresh singer and pianist who debuted just last year in the indie scene with her single Flannel, and later released her mini-album Landscape. For Atelier Escha & Logy, she has contributed the world traveler theme, Kaiyuugyo no Genfuukei (Scenery of a Migratory Fish). Mutsumi Nomiyama

Shingeki no Kyojin displays have been appearing in anime merchandise shop all over Japan since the anime adaptation began airing early last month. A friendly competition seems to be going on between the shops as they try to out do each other with their displays. The displays themselves, which are intended to promote the anime as well as the manga have ranged from impressive to amusing.

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The anime series which is turning out to be a hit series has already started a parody video meme late last month. Shingeki no Kyojin is a manga by Isayama Hajime ( ). It is set in an alternate middle age world where giant humanoid creatures have been attacking and devouring humans. To protect themselves, humans have walled themselves in behind 3 gigantic walls. For a hundred years, the wall kept them safe until it was breached. Shingeki no Kyoujin is currently being serialized in Kodanshas monthly magazine, Bessatsu Shounen Magazine with volume 10 being its most recent issue. The anime
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adaptation is currently being aired and is scheduled to be 25 episodes long. Source : Natalie.mu

Details about Kamui Kitano are as follows: Height: 152 centimeters [4 10] Favorite Color: Pink Hobbies and Interests: Smartphones, karaoke, visiting the hotsprings (something Hokkaido is famous for), eating, and going places shes never been before. Favorite Food: Ramen, Sweets, B Class Gourmet Food And of course shes also from Hokkaido. Her favorite foods also match up with the theme of promoting the region as ramen is a signature dish of Sapporo especially, with the Shirokoibito chocolate brand also located throughout the island. You can support the project by liking Kamuis Facebook page, or by following her on Twitter. Source: Official Site of Kamui Kitano

Possible new VOCALOID in Kamui Kitano


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/vocaloid-kamui-kitano/ By Zenko on May 2nd, 2013

A new collaboration between Crypton and Hokkaido could mean a new VOCALOID, but only if the fans are willing. With Cryptons headquarters being located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, its no surprise that they, along with the original artist for Hatsune Miku, are collaborating on a new project. Named Kamui Kitano (), she will be helping to promote the local goods, history and culture of Hokkaido. Her character design is based on the fact that she is an idol that has yet to debut, due to the company she works for going bankrupt. Her dream, though, is to perform at the Sapporo Dome Arena (a venue that holds 54,000 people), and its still something that can happen. So long as she can reach 30,000 likes on Facebook and Twitter by the end of the year, theres the possibility that she will gain a voice of her own and join the VOCALOID family.

Haganai: I Dont Have Many Friends author confirms liveaction movie in a heartfelt address [Full Translation]
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/haganai-friends-author-confirmslive-action-movie-reveals-non-involvement/ By KarbyP on May 2nd, 2013

Although this goal is currently unofficial, tweets from the official account have heavily hinted that this may be the final goal for this collaboration. The counter on the official website also hints that something special may happen should she reach 30,000 likes.

Yesterday, news of a Haganai: I Dont Have Many Friends live-action movie broke after Kyotos Ryukoku University posted a recruitment ad for extras or calefare actors on its official Facebook page. The Facebook post claims that the movie is being produced by Times In (responsible for the 2006 movie Akihabara@DEEP, which is quite different from the excellent TV drama version), distributed by Toei, and that it is slated to be released sometime in 2014. Today, Haganai: I Dont Have Many Friends light novel author Yomi Hirasaka has confirmed, via a heartfelt address written to fans that he shared on Twitter, that the rumours
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are true. Production on a live-action movie based on his series of light novels is indeed in progress. In his letter to readers, Hirasaka explains why he gave his approval to a live-action adaptation of the series, despite initially objecting to it. He also mentions that the rumoured casting list currently being circulated on the Net is fake, and that he is taking a hands-off approach to the movie. Find out what else Hirasaka said in our full translation of his letter below: To my readers, As this time around I cant just go eh, what the heck? and feign ignorance about everything [with regards to the Haganai live-action film], Ive written this slightly long response that I would greatly appreciate if you could sit through without skimming ahead. That the movies existence was outed by a recruitment ad for extra/calefare actors is incredibly dasai [lame] (I will not use the word zannen [unfortunate] here, which is an important keyword used throughout the Haganai series) but whats happened has happened so, yes, production on a live-action movie based on my work, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, is currently on-going. The offer to make a live-action movie based on my light novel series first came to me in June of 2011. At the time, production work on the first season of the anime series was also going well, so it had been a very positive period of my life. Personally, Ive always thought that the scenarios depicted in Haganai were never really meant to translate well in a live-action medium, so if you were to ask me if I was for or against the liveaction movie, then I would say, without a doubt that I am against it. That said, the offer came during a period of time when I saw that the future of the light novel industry was getting dangerously bleak, and so I thought, rather than fight over a small pie (marketshare) with other authors over and over, this is a rare chance me to break away from the industrys status quo of excellent authors forever burying one anothers successes with their next excellent release. The live-action movie could bring into the light novel market a new audience (on top of what the manga, anime, and game adaptations are already doing), so shouldnt I be taking a bold step forward with this instead? That was what I remember to be my thought process at the time, and so after a period of deliberating I went ahead and gave my stamp of approval on it. Now that the anime adaptation is well into its second season, if you were to ask me about what I thought about the decision I made back then, well, its already too late as a great deal of industry folks have already pushed forth with the project. As there really is no point in me commenting about that [whether I should have let the movie project happen or not], Ill refrain from doing so. Moving on, with regards to whether or not Im personally involved on the production of the live-action movie or not, this time around

the circumstances are quite different from when Haganai was adapted into a manga, an anime, or a game. Unlike with those projects, I am a complete amatuer when it comes to the live-action movie scene, and I do not know which folks are the truly passionate people in that genre, so this time around Im taking a completely no-touch/handsoff approach. Ive entrusted the project fully in the hands of the live-action movies production crew. Given my personality, if I were told the details of whats going on with the project, chances are Ill feel like opening my flap and intervening, so Ive asked the editorial department [of Media Factory/ the publishing label MF Bunko J] to not keep me in the loop with regards to progress on the movies production. Accordingly, that means I do not know anything about the script for the movie, or its casting details. (Although I have checked with the editorial staff, following the movie getting outed, and they have confirmed for me that the so-called leaked casting details currently circulating on the Net are completely false). I have but only one thing to say to the movie production side: you do not have to try and recreate the light novels scenes and details faithfully, if thats not very possible. Instead, all I want is for you to make a great and interesting movie, independently. I eagerly await to see the finished product from these professional filmmakers. Okay, this has went on long enough, so in summary, I have no idea what kind of movie the live-action Haganai film will turn out to be. To all of you my faithful readers, if youre interested in the movie, please do watch it. Thats pretty much what I want to say. Lastly, I do also need to ask something from all of you. On Twitter and various other platforms, Ive noticed that some of you have been calling for production of the live-action movie to be stopped. No matter how much the news of this live-action adaptation displeases you, I hope that rather than to try and crush it, that instead, if possible at all, I hope that you would simply ignore it. This applies not only to the live-action movie, but to the anime, manga, and the game as well everything thats based on the original light novels. Even if its not possible for you to put a lid on your displeasure upon seeing these adaptations [not living up to the original work's quality], there is no need to force yourself to accept them [as part of the Haganai franchise]. There is no need to watch something that you do not want to watch, and if its something you really hate, I think its okay to just continue hating it. But please do not go out of your way to destroy or crush something simply because you hate it, for that is evil, and something that I believe Ive written about time and time again in my novels. I have faith that you, my readers, will understand. Personally, Im a big fan of light novels, anime, and other 2D mediums. And so, to be perfectly honest,
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I would be lying if I said that Im not worried about the live-action film. That said, as to whether I approve or regret my decision two years ago [to let the movie happen], I will reserve final judgement on that for when the film is finally complete and after Ive actually sat down and watched it. 2013.5.2 From the author of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Yomi Hirasaka Source: @hirasakayomi [via Otakomu]

The concert starts at 7PM with the goods counter opening on 12 PM. The counter will only accept CASH as payment for the goods.

Blood Lad backgrounds plus two more character illustrations revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/blood-lad-backgrounds-characterillustrations-revealed/ By ellehaym on May 2nd, 2013

List of official goods for the 100%KPP World Tour 2013 IN SINGAPORE
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/list-official-goods-100kpp-worldtour-2013-singapore/ By ellehaym on May 2nd, 2013

We have seen illustrations of the four characters from Blood Lad, we already know that its about a male otaku vampires encounter with a human girl and the list of staff members has been announced. Heck, even the info on theme songs and their respective performers is already out. The Singapore leg of Kyary Pamyu Pamyus 2013 concert tour is just around the corner. And if you want to make this day a memorable one, how about getting the official concert goods? Sozo has released the official list of goods for the 100%KPP World Tour 2013 IN SINGAPORE. But until now, no new info about the cast has been revealed for the upcoming TV anime. So while we wait for further details on the anime adaptation, here are six backgrounds which will give you an idea of what Blood Lads settings are like.

The exact counter location will be announced soon. Stay updated by visiting the 100%Kpp World Tour 2013 in Singapore Facebook page.

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My personal favorite, Blood Lads Uniqlo parody Oniqlo:

Aside from revealing the locations, additional characters were introduced: Vlad D. Braz:

Deku:

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The skins are a collaboration with piapro and will be available until April 22, 2014. Source: Simeji Facebook You can read up our previous post on Blood Lad for more info. Blood Lad is part of the 2013 summer anime lineup and will start airing in Japan this July. Source: moca news via @Ikari_Gendo

Gamers Akihabara to hold Red Data Girl Museum from May 11 to 26


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/red-data-girl-museum/ By KarbyP on May 2nd, 2013

Give your phone some VOCALOID flair with Simeji


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/give-phone-vocaloid-flair-simeji/ By Zenko on May 2nd, 2013

If youre an RDG Red Data Girl who happens to be visiting Tokyo between the dates of May 11 and May 26, make sure to stop by the 7th floor event space in Akihabara Gamers. Japanese input system Simeji is having a very Vocaloid update with newly released skins. Users of Android smartphones will be happy to know that Simeji, a free Japanese input keyboard, has released a new skin with VOCALOID fans in mind. Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin and Len, and Megurine Luka. The skins can be downloaded within the application itself by hitting the gear above the qwerty and swype input section. In classic Simeji this can be done by hitting the mushroom key in the lower part of the keyboard. The folks behind the currently on-going anime series as well as its manga counterpart (illustrated by Ranmaru Kotone) are teaming up to put together a Red Data Girl Museum exhibition where youll be able to look up numerous pieces of pre-production sketches, recording scripts, and more.

The skins also list each VOCALOIDs statistics, and gives the option to set one of three colors. For Miku the choices are Aqua, Pink and Black. Luka gives the options of Gold, Pink or Black. And for the Kagamine twins Aqua, Pink, and Gold.
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Source: RDG anime, Gamers [via @mellco]

Sachika Misawa, s, and fripSide coming to Animelo Summer Live 2013


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/sachika-misawa-%CE%BCs-fripsidecoming-animelo-summer-live-2013/ By SunSoftware on May 2nd, 2013

In conjunction with the RDG Red Data Girl Museum, the Gamers store in Akihabara is also organising an RDG fair where youll be able to pick up memorabilia based on the light novel, manga, and anime series. Customers who spend a minimum of 2,000 yen at the RDG Red Data Girl Museum fair will also be entitled to receive a special character print illustrated by Mel Kishada (RDGs original character designer) with his signature on it. Animelo Summer Live is the biggest annual anime music festival, and this year, theyre ready to do it justice as they add three more big names to the artist lineup. Animelo Summer Live 2013 will take place on August 23, 24, and 25. We already know 28 of the artists who will be featured this year, but now that AniSummer is stretching across three days, 28 isnt enough, so the producers have revealed three more artists who will join the party. Sachika Misawa

Sachika Misawa is a rising star who debuted as a voice actress with her role as Yuri in the anime Shangri-La. However, thats nothing compared to her biggest job, the role of Kuroyukihime, the heroine of the hit action anime Accel World. She went on to voice the idol Arisa from the movie Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki and has sung the second ending theme of Accel World and a song from the Toaru movie
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Last but not least, fripSide is a pop/trance duo consisting of the composer Satoshi Yaginuma (sat) and vocalist Yoshino Nanjou (who also voices Eri from s). After Nanjou replaced the past vocalist in 2009, they released their first single together, only my railgun, which peaked at no. 3 on the Oricon Weekly charts. Last year, they celebrated their 10th anniversary with their album Decade and two solo lives in Tokyo and Osaka. s Furthermore, they performed the opening theme of the first and second seasons of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, so fans can look forward to seeing fripSide perform songs from the anime live.

s (pronounced muse) is the fictional idol unit from Dengeki Gs Magazines idol project Love Live. The group has been releasing singles and animated music videos since 2010, but because of the anime series that aired this year, their popularity has skyrocketed, so you can look forward to seeing their real life counterparts performing at AniSummer this summer. Which songs do you want to hear? The members of s are Honoka Kousaka (CV: Emi Nitta), Umi Sonoda (Suzuko Mimori), Kotori Minami (Aya Uchida), Hanayo Koizumi (Yurika Kubo), Rin Hoshizora (Riho Iida), Maki Nishikino (Pile), Niko Yazawa (Sora Tokui), Eri Ayase (Yoshino Nanjou), and Nozomi Toujou (Aina Kusuda).

Misawa and s will perform on August 23, and fripSide, on August 24. You can look below for the current list of artists coming to AniSummer this year (warning: it is huge, and it is going to get bigger). August 23: ALI PROJECT Akira Kushida ZAQ Minori Chihara ChouCho nano.RIPE Sachika Misawa s Mayn Momoiro Clover Z Ray August 24:

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OLDCODEX Minami Kuribayashi GRANRODEO Zwei T-Pistonz+KMC Megumi Nakajima fripSide August 25: Yui Ogura Maon Kurosaki Mikako Komatsu Kenichi Suzumura STRISH Sphere Yukari Tamura Hiroaki TOMMY Tominaga Nana Mizuki Mamoru Miyano YuiKaori Source: AniSummer homepage

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Listen to Kirino and Kuroneko guide visitors to Bizan [videos]


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/listen-kirino-kuroneko-guidevisitors-bizan-videos/ By SunSoftware on May 6th, 2013

If you want to hear more of Kirino and Kuroneko, you can watch the second season of OreImo airing this season. If you want to see more of Mt. Bizan, go to the travel agency of your choice. Source: Machi Asobi homepage, Moe Otanews

Sword Art Online Progressive Girls Ops manga adaptations to start in June
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/sword-art-online-mangaadaptations-start-june/ By weiq on May 6th, 2013

Machi Asobi vol. 10 was a huge success over the weekend, and as one of the festivities, visitors who rode the ropeway to Mt. Bizan were escorted by the heroines of OreImo. Mt. Bizan is a landmark of Tokushima City, where Machi Asobi vol. 10 was held. It would have been a pity if a lot of people came to the event and didnt see the mountain, so as a treat, every year during Machi Asobi, a pair of anime characters work as guides for Mt. Bizans ropeway (aka aerial lift or cable car). This year, the guides were Kirino and Kuroneko from OreImo (voiced by Ayana Taketatsu and Kana Hanazawa). If you didnt get to ride the ropeway during Machi Asobi, you can still experience the trip with these videos. Ropeway Guide Kirino Kousaka Ropeway Guide Kuroneko In addition to being escorted by these girls, visitors who rode the ropeway also received a ticket holder featuring illustrations by the original character designer of OreImo, Hiro Kanzaki.

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Approximately 5000 parents and children who are fans showed up to Momoiro Clover Zs Boys Day event. As part of the festivities for Boys Day in Japan, Momoiro Clover Z held a special event called Momoiro Hero Show, in which they appeared as Momoiro Animal Z. The full title for this years event was MomoClovers Kids Festival 2013: Protect! Our Battle at the Tobu Zoo! Momoiro Clover Animal Z! As expected from their title, Momoiro Clover Z appeared in outfits specially designed for the event before changing for a concert.

SAO fans, what if you have not one, but two manga adaptations of your favourite light novel and anime series to look forward to? First up, a spin-off adaptation, titled Sword Art Online Girls Ops, which will feature (you guessed it) the girls-only cast of Lisbeth, Silica, and Leafa. Artist Neko Nekoby will draw the series and it will be published on the 32nd Vol. of Dengeki Bunko Magazine from June 10 onwards.

Next, the adaptation of Sword Art Online: Progressive will be published on the August issue of Dengeki Gs Magazine from June 29 onwards. It will be the revised retelling of Kiritos journey through the floating Aincrad castle from the beginning, floor-by-floor. Kiseki Himura, doujinshi artist for series like Fate/Stay Night dj Sword Dancers, Infinite Stratos dj The Evidence of Guilt Mark Three and Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha dj Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha BetrayerS will pen the series.

Before the concert began they put on a show for the kids and parents that showed up, where they transformed into Momoiro Animal Z and beat up the bad guys that are trying to kill off all the cute animals in the zoo. The main antagonist is a cockroach that controls an army called Black Cockroach, who attack the headquarters of Momoiro Clover Z in Tokyo-03. By calling on the heroes, the audience is able to summon Momoiro Clover Z to the stage.

source: 0taku.livedoor.biz, yaraon.blog109.fc2.com

Momoiro Clover Z performs special concert for Boys Day


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/momoiro-clover-performs-specialconcert-boys-day/

Apart from Momoiro Clover Z, other special guests were also present to help with the performance of the songs, all of which were songs the kids would know. The guests included Hiro Michio and Tanizou, who performed Momoiro Clover Zs Coconuts () along with five other songs.

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The Idolm@ster: Its Iori Minases birthday today! Preorder her T-shirt!
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/idolmster-iori-minases-birthdaytoday-pre-order-t-shirt/ By KarbyP on May 5th, 2013

Its Iori Minases birthday today! And what better way to celebrate the self-proclaimed everyones idol than for character goods maker Cospa to come out with a Iori-themed birthday T-shirt? Similar to the Haruka Amami birthday T-shirt that Cospa announced last month, the front of this Iori Minase tee is designed to look like the front cover of a magazine, complete with Ioris autograph. Meanwhile, the back of the shirt features a close-up of the Idolm@ster character.

The shirt, officially called the Minase Iori Full Graphic TShirt Birthday ver. (T Birthday ver.), is priced at 8,400 yen, which is fairly steep for a character tee but it does look way better than the typical 3,000 or 5,000 yen tees that youd find in Japan. Pre-orders for the shirt begin today, and the actual sale/ delivery date is expected to be sometime in early July. Available exclusively from the TBS ishop store, where youll also find a slew of other items themed around Iori Minases birthday.

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Nakamura was made JR Tokushima stations station master for a day as part of the festivities for Tokushima-based anime event Machi Asobi (vol.10). According to the news programme in the second video you see above, several hundred fans (okay, over 200, according to Gigazine) lined up at JR Tokushima station as early as 3AM in the morning for a chance to be grace be station master Eriko Nakamuras presence, as well as to buy the following anime-themed train ticket vouchers (they come in sets of five tickets). Three designs for the train ticket vouchers were available: Fate/Zero (front and back pictured below), Macross (front and back), and The Idolm@ster (front; no back shot as Gigazine didnt manage to get ahold of one).

Source: Dengeki

The Idolm@sters Eriko Nakamura (Haruka Amami) made JR Tokushimas station master for a day
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/idolmsters-eriko-nakamura-harukaamami-tokushimas-train-station-master-day/ By KarbyP on May 5th, 2013

Source: daranisuK, Gigazine (2)

Atelier Escha & Logy: new character silhouette revealed, voiced by Kana Akutsu
No no, this is not a change in career tracks for voice actress Eriko Nakamura (Haruka Amami in The Idolm@ster). Shes still going to voice all your favourite dojikkos and whatnot.
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/atelier-escha-logy-charactersilhouette-revealed-voiced-by-kana-akutsu/

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Apart from the character silhouette, Gust also showed off a new gameplay video that includes an event scene explaining the origins of the animal tail clothing accessory that heroine Escha always wears on her. Apprently, the tail accessory was made by Eschas mother, and is somehow able to move on its own. The inner workings of the accessory (as in, how it was made) are kept a secret from Escha herself.

As part of Tokushima citys Machi Asobi vol.10 event (from May 3 to 5), yesterday JRPG developer Gust hosted a special talk show where they revealed the silhouette of a new central character in their forthcoming PS3 title Atelier Escha & Logy, as well as a new trailer that explains why lead character Eschas shippo (animal tail) accessory is able to move on its own. The silhouette you see in the image above belongs to the new character in question, who will be voiced by Kana Akutsu. At the moment Gust is not ready to reveal specifics on the new character things like what her personality is like, or which part of the game would player meet her at. For those details youll have to wait to read about it in Japanese game magazines sometime in June (which is awfully close to the June 27 release date for the game in Japan).

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky for the PlayStation 3 is set for release in Japan June 27, 2013. Source: Famitsu

AKB48 releases appeal videos for this years Senbastu Elections


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/akb48-releases-appeal-videos-yearssenbastu-elections/ By Az on May 5th, 2013

Voice actress Kana Akutsu was present at the event, and although she was not allowed to touch on character specifics, she did comment that the new character is pretty cute, and that the character type is one that shes never played before in all of her voice roles. As a result of that, after the folks at Gust got her to record the dubs for all of the characters scenes in the game, she was asked to re-record the very first scene. Judging from what she said, Famitsu is speculating (oh, they probably know for sure) that the new character has a pretty important role in the games story.

AKB48, or should I say the 48-group (AKB, SKE, NMB, HKT, JKT/SNH), has just released each members appeal for
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the 5th Senbatsu Sousenkyo Elections. The results will be revealed this June 8 in Nissan Stadium, Yokohama. For those not familiar, before the votes are cast, the 48-group releases appeals for votes from each member. Each member can use the one to two minute appeal time as they see fit and decide on their own what to say and what to wear. Thus, it becomes a showcase of each members individuality. Some opt to go for that serious, passionate appeal while some go for that nonsensical, funny appeal. Lets see what last years top three members have to say this year. Here are transcripts of their videos. Oshima Yuko AKB48 Team-K, Rank 1 I have announced my candidacy for the 5th Senbatsu Sousenkyo Elections. I would now like to put all my ardor and enthusiasm into one kanji character. Of course, as Japanese, a character must be written with a brush and in ink, right? Okay. Lets do it! (She writes the character matsuri, (festival) on the wall, in high-spirits no less) ITS A FESTIVAL! (She disappears from screen while doing a festive dance and chant) Watanabe Mayu AKB48 Team-A, Rank 2 Last year, because of everyones warm support, I was able to receive this wonderful rank of 2nd. And this year, because of my fans love and presence, I was able to truly feel the heaviness of this achievement. It has been that kind of year. From now on too, I will spend my days doing my best in returning the favor. For this years elections, same as I have said last year, I would once again aim for the top. As the voting comes, please support Watanabe Mayu once again. Kashiwagi Yuki AKB48 Team-B, Rank 3 This years election has a candidacy system, so when I was thinking of announcing mine, I thought of all the chances I was given this year. I thought that I have become a little more confident in myself because of the fans support during the elections. I have solo debuted this year and now have individual activities and so I thought that I would give priority to AKBs dream as a whole and give what ever I have, though it may be so little, to the growth of the group. And with that, I have decided to join this years elections. I will work so hard that you will be glad that you supported me. And for my fans, I will put you all in a daze (her signature line)! With that said, I am now at my most motivated this year! Everyone, please favor me this year! The Senbatsu Elections has always been the most tense and arguably the most looked forward to event of the AKB48 year. All eyes on Oshima Yuko and Watanabe Mayu as they battle for the top spot. Well know this year if the young generation would take over or if the veteran members stand strong. Rank 4 member Sashihara Rino (HKT48 Team H) is garnering attention too with her sudden rise in rank despite a scandal. It will also be interesting how now research student Minegishi Minami, infamous for shaving her hair as apology, will fare this year. Here is AKB48s Official Channel for all the videos of each member (totaling 248 members). source: Oricon, AKB48 Official Channel

Kara no Kyoukai Fukan Fuukei 3D hits Japanese theatres July 13, along with Fate/Zero Cafe
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/kara-kyoukai-fukan-fuukei-3dcoming-july-13-fatezero-cafe/ By SunSoftware on May 4th, 2013

If you have been waiting for the official date for the next Kara no Kyoukai movie, your wait is over also, you have another movie (well, a shorter one) to look forward to. At the Machi Asobi event that opened on Friday, animation studio ufotable announced that Kara no Kyoukai: Fukan Fuukei 3D, the 3D version of Type-Moons first Kara no Kyoukai film from 2008, will be released in theatres on July 13. But thats not all! ufotable also revealed a movie based on another of Type-Moons works. Can you figure out what it is by looking at this poster?

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It seems like a far cry from the serious Kara no Kyoukai series, but you dont need to worry about paying for a separate ticket, because both Kara no Kyoukai: Fukan Fuukei 3D and Fate/Zero Cafe will be screened together. Also coming this autumn is Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin, the brand new movie and epilogue, so this will be a good year for fans of the Kara no Kyoukai series. Source: Yaraon

Saint Young Men bentos go on sale at Tachikawa citys Takashimaya departmental store
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/saint-young-men-bentos-saletachikawa-citys-takashimaya-departmental-store/ By KarbyP on May 3rd, 2013

Oh, wait. You can just barely see it, but in the lower right corner, there is an announcement for a movie adaptation of Fate/Zero Cafe.

If youre a Type-Moon fan and have never heard of Fate/Zero Cafe, dont be too hard on yourself. Fate/Zero Cafe is a spinoff 4-panel manga in which the characters of Fate/Zero run a cafe and are drawn super-deformed. The manga is made by ufotable and has been running in Monthly Newtype since last August.

Saint Young Mens story is set in Tokyos Tachikawa city. So what better way to promote the upcoming Saint Young Men anime film, than for the films marketing team to work with local businesses in Tachikawa city on limited commemorative goods such as the Buddha inspired bento
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you see above to get fans to visit the actual setting of the manga. From now until May 14, the Tachikawa branch of departmental chain Takashimaya will be stocking two Saint Young Men-themed bentos Maria-sans affectionate bento (, 630 yen, pictured below) which is a lunchbox that comes packed with chicken as a main dish, and a Buddhas leave it/him be curry (, 525 yen) thats basically a healthy vegetable curry meal (up top).

So if youre a fan of the manga-turned-anime-film, and happen to be in the Tokyo area, you might want to make a pilgrimage to Tachikawa and get in touch with your inner Saint Young Men Jesus/Buddha. Source: Comic Natalie Both bento sets are limited to 20 pieces per day, and available exclusively at Tachikawa Takashimaya from now till May 14. Truth be told, judging from the pictures along, these Saint Young Men bento sets are not exactly something Id travel all the way to Tachikawa for, if I was an SYM fan living in Tokyo they look like regular bentos, really. What might be a little more interesting, then, are a Saint Young Men Wrapping Bus that will run in Tachikawa city beginning May 8. Apart from featuring SYM-themed decorations, the voice actors for Saint Young Mens Jesus and Buddha characters, Mirai Moriyama and Gen Hoshino respectively, will also voice part of the recorded announcements played back on the bus.

Perfume, Momoiro Clover Z ahead of AKB48 in Nikkei Entertainments Top 14 Female (Idol) Groups ranking
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/perfume-momoiro-clover-akb48nikkei-entertainments-top-14-female-idol-groups-ranking/ By KarbyP on May 3rd, 2013

Fans who stop by the Orion bookstore () in Tachikawa can also purchase a specially designed Saint Young Men A4 clear file sold exclusively there. A series of anime flags have also been planted at various locations within Tachikawa.

Who are the top female idol groups in the Japanese music industry right now? According to Nikkei Entertainment magazine, who has just published the 2013 results to their annual Talent Power Rankings survey in its June issue (on newsstands May 2), these 14 acts are the most popular at the moment:
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1. Perfume 2. Momoiro Clover Z 3. AKB48 4. Morning Musume 5. SKE48 6. Nogizaka 46 7. NMB48 8. HKT48 9. Fairies 10. Berryz Kobo 11. Smileage 12. Flower 13. Happiness 14. Sphere

Talent Power Score (Biggest Increase) Top 10 Momoiro Clover Z is third on this list, having jumped from 8.2 in 2012 to 23.7. Kyary Pamyu Paamyu is no.4, jumping from 18.3 in 2012 to 32.8 this year in February. Looks like appearing on NHKs Red-White Song Contest programme really helped to boost their stock.

The female idol group rankings is only one of several published in the June issue of Nikkei Entertainment magazine. Other ranking lists include specialised ones for the top actors, musicians, comedians, sportsman, among other categories, as well as an overall Talent Power (Overall) Top 100 ranking. Before we move on to the results in some of those other specialised rankings, as well as the overall top 10, its important to note the research methodology Nikkei Entertainment employed in its survey findings something theyve been doing annually since 2008. The survey was conducted independently by marketing research firm, Architect Co., Ltd., who assigned a talent power score to each of 1251 artistes based on two criteria: familiarity (the number of survey respondents who were able to identify an artistes name and face), and interest level (the number of survey respondents indicating that theyd like to see, hear, and know more about the artiste). The survey was conducted earlier this year in February. Once the talent power scores were decided, only then are the various ranking lists formed, based on which artistes would fall under which category. In other words, just as important as the actual rankings are the talent power scores listed to the right of each artistes name. With that said, lets talk a look at some of the other rankings: Talent Power (Overall) Top 10 Haruka Ayase is at the top, most likely due to her role in the latest NHK Taiga drama. Arashi is no.2.

Talent Power Score (Biggest Increase) Top 10Individually, the AKB48 girls lead the pack here. But members of AKBs sister groups, as well as those from Momoiro Clover Z, are doing quite well themselves.

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Attack on Titan BD/DVD will include prototype manga by original creator


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/attack-titan-bddvd-includeprototype-manga-original-creator/ By SunSoftware on May 8th, 2013

In case you arent familiar with the current manga, Attack on Titan is set in a world where humans have built massive walls to protect themselves from man-eating Titans until one Titan destroys a wall and wreaks havoc, leading to a boy named Eren to vow revenge against all Titans. The series won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shounen category in 2011 and has sold over nine million copies. This bonus manga is a must-read for fans of Attack on Titan, so if youre one of them, pre-order your Blu-ray Disc or DVD soon. If youve never seen Attack on Titan and are on the fence, you can read our impressions here. Source: Yaraon

If you have been reading this site, you may have noticed that Attack on Titan has become a sensation. If youre a fan and want to see one of the earliest versions of the series, you should pre-order the first Blu-ray or DVD soon. The first Blu-ray and DVD volume of Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) will be released on July 17 for 6,300 yen. As a bonus, the first print run will be packaged with the never before released unpublished volume 0. This bonus volume is a 65-page prototype of the Attack on Titan manga written by the original creator Hajime Isayama when he was 19 years old (he is 26 now). Although it hasnt been confirmed, this is probably the oneshot that Isayama submitted to Kodanshas Magazine Grand Prix in 2006, which received an honorable mention.

Gargantias Amy and Bellows Swimsuit Figurine Announced


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/gargantias-amy-bellows-swimsuitfigurine-annonced/ By weiq on May 8th, 2013

Figurine and model company Wave had just announced Gargantias Amy and Bellows to be the new models for their Beach Queens series.
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Waves Beach Queen figurine series is all about donning anime female characters in swimsuits. Though no prototypes or dates have been revealed, we are able to catch a glimpse on the designated swimwear for the two ladies from the series, which just had a swimwear episode aired last week.

Source: Crunchyroll, blog.livedoor.jp/wavecorp1

Other characters that have been slated for release are Hyoukas Eru Chitanda and Mayaka Ibara, which the swimsuit design are based on the OVA episode.

BBQ in Tsumagoi: Short interviews with PornoGraffitti, Perfume, and flumpool


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with this fes concept, and we dont really have many chances to appear in the same stage with artistes like Perfume and ONE OK ROCK. Maybe a point would be how nervous well be in appearing with them? (laughs) To those who will come, please leave the front space open, and just have fun. Also, surely most of those that will come will get to watch an artist new to them.

Continuing on from the previous article on the Amuse BBQ, in a short interview done by natalie, Porno Graffitti, Perfume, and flumpool share their thoughts and enthusiasm on the event.

Perfume Q. What are you most excited about in the event? Kashiyuka: This is our first time in holding an event with people from our agency, so even we are looking forward to what the content will be. Were looking forward to seeing each artists stage too, and since theres BBQ in the title, Im thinking maybe we really could do a barbecue? I would like to! A-Chan: I can easily talk to anyone in this group, and theres that strong feeling of fellowship among us. This live would be like sharing how we celebrate in our private time and just enjoying our work. I think it would be great if we could make the audience feel this bond we have among us. Nocchi: I think that all of lives in this event would definitely be fun! Also, everyones MC talk is really funny. The performances are going to be amazing too, of course, but the talks will also be interesting so I think you could look forward to the lives of the artistes you arent even a fan of. Q. Please give a message to the fans who are going to attend the event. K: I would also like the fans to interact with each other I want them to do stuff like talk about the artistes they like in common. I would be happy if they could all enjoy together. They could ask each other what songs would you recommend? or how do you get into this performance?, and by that become one with everyone. A: Though its summer fes season, this is a new kind of event. We want this event to be an energetic one, and since its a live with colleagues, I think everyone is just so excited for this. Theres also that feeling of celebrate for Amuse! and returning the favor to the agency. Its will live bursting with laughter and energy. Its going to be different from your usual live so I want people to come and watch. The female
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Porno Graffitti Q. What was your motivation for starting BBQ in Tsumagoi ~ Bokura no Beat wo Kurae KORA! ~? Shindou Haruichi (G): Every summer, we meet up with friends in AMUSE, do barbecue, drink, talk about stuff, and just celebrate. During one of those days, around 5 years ago, we started talking about making this kind of celebration into an event. So we match this event with Amuses 35th anniversary and decide to hold it in Tsumagoi, since that place is great for this kind of musical movement. Its interesting because this special event was not born from a conference room, but from a barbecue party. Q. What would be the highlight of this event? SH: All the appearing artistes watch each others lives, connect with each other well, and know the capabilities of each other as an artist. Of the numerous groups some of them might be thinking to knock one out of the park [in terms of their performance]. so I think that would be the highlight. (laughs) Q. What would be the unique point of interest for this event? Okano Akihito (Vo): Each artist appearing in BBQ have their own special traits. As for us, were not really familiar

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performers among the group are a bit few so were thinking if we should wear something a little cuter than what we wear usually. Well were pretty excited about this too! N: Theres a little nervousness during your usual fes, though its still fun. However, since this time its a live with friends, I think you would be able to see the at-home face of that artist you like!

PornoGraffitti, Perfume & flumpool plus 11 other Amuse music groups hold a photoshoot for BBQ event
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/14-amuse-groups%E3%80%8Camuse-bbq%E3%80%8D-photoshoot-comments-pornograffitti-perfume-flumpool/ By Az on May 7th, 2013

flumpool Q. How enthusiastic are you for this event? Yamamura Ryouta (Vo,G): Well be appearing for both days, so it would be nice if people come for both days too. Theyll be receiving everyones energy and excitement, so I feel that well have a great live for both days. Sakai Kazuki (G): Were going to be holding the event with a lot of seniors so while we are excited to see all the lives, we also feel that were engaged in a battle here, and with that I could give my all. Also, this photoshoot would be my last visual activity before I focus on my diet, so the me that youll see on the event should be completely different. (laughs) Please look forward to that too. Amakawa Genki (B): We got close to our colleagues in the agency through barbecue so I think that through this event, we would be able to close the gap between us and the audience. Incidentally, if I were to compare us to barbecue ingredients, artistes such as Perfume and Porno would be the marbled beef so I guess well be the onions here. (laughs) Ogura Seiji (Dr): Because the artistes here get along really well and because this is an Amuse-sponsored event, I think that the atmosphere of the live would be like no other fes. I would like everyone to feel that Amuse is this much fun and that everyone gets along so well. Check out the official site of the event here. source: natalie Amuse will be holding a special summer event called BBQ in Tsumagoi ~ Bokura no Beat wo Kurae KORA! ~ this July 13 and 14 in Tsumagoi, Shizuoka. To promote the event, all participating artists did a special photoshoot together. BBQ in Tsumagoi ~ Bokura no Beat wo Kurae KORA! ~ is an event derived from the annual BBQ Rally that Porno Graffitti holds every year. Porno Graffitti usually holds this event with artists they have deep connections with, but because it is Amuses 35th anniversary, it has become a celebration with 13 other Amuse groups. The confirmed number of artistes at this point is 14 groups (totaling 41 people) for the two-day event.

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The photoshoot was held on one April day when all of the artists schedules miraculously matched. Before the shoot, the artists were all making friendly talk with each other and those with instruments even held a short jamming session. However, once the godfathers of the event, Porno Graffitti, entered, the atmosphere became a little heavier. The photoshoot was done with three variations: one with instruments, one without, and one with the artistes holding a board with written messages. The photographer, Makoto Okuguchi, can only say words of amazement and wonder with each shot as he sees all 41 members perfectly matching each other. The staff also gave out instructions like lets have a cool photo! or lets take a lively one! to which the artistes gladly obliged. In one amusing scene, when the artistes were asked to be loud and celebratory, the boys among the group started to feel shy. In the midst of the awkwardness, Perfumes A-Chan turned around to face them and shouted, with a smile now!. After which, all 41 members broke out of their shyness and the shoot proceeded smoothly. ====

ClariS receives new illustrated look from Madokas studio Shaft for their 2nd album Second Story (on sale June 26)
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/claris-2nd-album-new-illustrationmadoka-studio-shaft/ By KarbyP on May 7th, 2013

ClariS, an anisong duo who has never made a live appearance and whose identities have thus far been represented as anime characters on their CD covers, is receiving a new look for the upcoming release of their new album, Second Story. The new illustrated look was done by Shaft animator Hideyuki Morioka, who is said to have worked on the original picture for Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series (were not sure if thats a mistake), in conjunction with the rest of the Madoka Magica team at Shaft. On top of ClariSs new illustrated look, Morioka and the Madoka Magica team will also be working on the sleeve case for one of two limited edition releases of ClariSs second album.

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May 8th, 2013

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Yeah, its almost like theyre forcing you to choose between two daughters. Fortunately, you can buy both if thats any consolation. ClariSs second full album, Second Story, hits record stores in Japan June 26. Source: Natalie

Make your packed lunch truly stand out with these JoJos Bizarre Adventure Decoration Picks
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/packed-lunch-stand-out-jojosbizarre-adventure-decoration-picks/ By KarbyP on May 7th, 2013

Second Story is ClariSs second full album, and it consists of three already released singles Wake Up (OP to Moyashimon Returns), reunion (OP theme to OreImo), and Luminous (theme song for the Madoka Magica movie, Part One) as well as nine brand new tracks. Like we mentioned earlier, two limited editions limitedtime production edition () and a complete limited edition () of the album will be available on top of a regular edition. Both limited editions will come with a DVD containing the PV music videos for the aforementioned previously released singles as well as the lead song from the set of nine new tracks. So whats the difference? Well, apparently only the limitedtime production edition will include the sleeve case designed by anime studio Shaft. On the otherhand, the complete limited edition comes with Grafig papercrafts (ClariS reunion version) made in the likeness of ClariSs animated duo instead.

Toy and figure maker Sentinel Co., Ltd are releasing a series of decoration picks inspired by Hirohiko Arakis popular JoJos Bizarre Adventure manga series. Designed with a Stand motif in mind Stands, of course, being the supernatural summons that characters from Part 3 and onwards in JoJos Bizarre Adventure can call forth these picks feature the super-deformed likeness of a Stand on the gripping end, and a projectile attack, such as an arrow or a fireball, on the sharp end. In other words, essentially its

May 8th, 2013

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like you are ordering your Stand to launch an assault on your lunch! Talk about a snack attack. These JoJos decoraction picks come in packs of three (525 yen per pack), and a total of six designs are available: Sex Pistols No.1, No.2, No.3; Sex Pistols No.5, No.6, No.7; Metallica; Pearl Jam; and Bad Company. Each pack of three is also available in your choice of any of three colours blue, orange, or yellow for a total of 18 varieties. The JoJos Bizarre Adventure Decoration Picks will hit retail stores in Japan in August. Source: Comic Natalie

Cast of school action anime C-bu revealed


Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/05/cast-stella-jogakuin-koutouka-c %C2%B3-bu-revealed/ By SunSoftware on May 7th, 2013

The next school action anime from the renowned studio Gainax is coming this summer, and among the voice talent joining them are big names like Miyuki Sawashiro and Yui Makino. Stella Jogakuin Koutouka C-bu (Stella Womens Academy, High School Division Class C, not to be confused with C, the 2011 love comedy) is centered around a high school girl named Yura Yamato who enters Stella Womans Academy, where she joins a club called C (C-cube), where members compete in military survival games with airsoft guns. The anime is based on the manga of the same name written by Ikoma and drawn by Momoka Midorito.

May 8th, 2013

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Playstation Network in Japan has their own cat-based mascots, and this past Monday one of them celebrated their birthday in style! In the Aqua City building on Tokyos artificial island of Odaiba, PSN mascot Toro celebrated his fourteenth birthday. The name of the event was Lets spend time with Toro! Meowful Birthday Party presented by Kuro. The birthday party has become a traditional closing event on the last day of Golden Week in Japan.

The latest issue of Monthly Young Magazine revealed the cast of this upcoming anime, which you can see below. Curiously, it includes stars like Miyuki Sawashiro, as well as a complete newcomer. Yura Yamato: Yui Makino (Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicle) Sonora Kashima: Miyuki Sawashiro (Shinku from Rozen Maiden) Karila Hatsuse: Ai Kayano (Saori from Girls und Panzer) Honoka Mutsu: Chiwa Saitou (Homura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica) Rento Kirishima: Rima Nishizima (actress/model debuting a