ALL OTAKU Magazine

The Anime Lifestyle
UN-GO

Issue 1 October 2011

Science Explains Anime’s Sex Appeal

Batman: Arkham City
The Dark Knight returns. And Robin?

Vocaloid
Hottest Expo 2011

Super stars from the Future

Contents
3 4 5 7 8 9 Editors Note How to be an Otaku This weeks Top 5 Un-Go Pokemon: the Biggest Grossing Anime in the World Vocaloid: Super Stars From The Future rAge Expo 2011:Home of The South African Geek Why we find Anime so Attractive. What Science says. From Up on Poppy Hill Studio Ghibli’s New Release. Fan News Mimiru’s Art Class Gamers corner The Anime Fix

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Then it’s off to Rage to learn how to survive in the wild world of Gaming. super detective meets Anime. Any and all suggestions are helpful so let us know what you want “I went outside once.” 3 .Editors Letter Hello there and Welcome to the First EVER edition of ALL OTAKU. Download it and set it as a desktop. the science of Anime. The Graphics weren’t that great. This week we will be looking at Studio Ghibli and their latest release that beat both Pokémon movies at the box office this year. has us wanting more. We take a look at what is airing in Japan this month and review this week’s top 5 Anime series. why we think Anime is so attractive. We will also be talking about the new Pokémon movies and the history behind the Pokémon rage. And this weeks wall paper. We at our underground Head-quarters would like to say well done for taking the time to download this e-mag and have a look through it. Our version of a paper back poster. Also this week we will be asking our viewers to send in suggestions for pages we can add to the magazine and what you would like us to review. And finally. This week’s featured series Un-Go.

There is nothing worse than talking to another Otaku and getting things mixed up. My advice is take it slow. LOLICON-From the words Lolita Complex this is ones love of really young Anime girls or boys. While OTAKU. CHIBI. What does it mean Step one The first thing you want to do when it comes to becoming an Otaku is get to know your Anime.wordpress. http://simplicityanime. MANGA-This is the comic book version of Anime. The subject is depicted as having cat ears and a tail. kitsunemimi (fox). My advice. topic. So like Jack White says steady as she goes. This has become quite popular over the years because of it cute and sometimes sexual attraction. Step Three Be passionate!! If there is one thing that most Otaku hate it’s someone who gets into Anime to try and impress others.. the term otaku is most often equivalent to “geek”. Step Two Once you have found the Anime or Manga series you are looking for. SHOUJO-An Anime or manga created primarily for girls. hobby or any form of entertainment ANIME-In Japan this is known as all and any animation but to most of us it is known as a specific style of animation originating from Japan. torimimi (bird). Cowboy Bebop. For example rAge holds a cosplay event. So if you do start watching Anime or reading Manga and you don’t enjoy it don’t force it. Don’t look for everything and anything you can get your hands on. Cosplay is also important in the Anime culture. However. Nekomimi (cat). JOSEI-These too are romantic in nature but they are aimed at teenage girls and young women and involve romance between adult couples. which is also used as an honorific second-person pronoun. inumimi (dog). Step Four Branch out. To do this you will have to watch. be it sexual or otherwise. This too is aimed at women but many men also read it. A lot of monamine fans say that just by being into Anime you are a nerd but to truly be otaku I believe there is more to it. NEKO.. So take the time to look for events. Often it contains pornographic images. Gaming again is a part of being Anime fan. While we don’t have many cosplay events. or play a lot of Anime. SEINEN-This type of Anime or manga targets people who are into sports and sport related stories. South Africa does host a few. OTAKU-Otaku is derived from a Japanese term for another’s house or family (お宅. There are very many types of ECCHI or HENTAI out there and quite often it is violent. Both having the same or similar drawing styles.An extremely cute stylized version of Anime. just like a good woman Anime needs to be treated with care before you jump right in. Trigun or Love Hina.Or ‘cat’ Anime. ECCHI or HENTAI-Known but many as Anime porn. SHOUNEN-The boy equivalent of SHOUJO where in these story lines are centred around fighting and action. start with some of the classics. usagimimi (rabbit). gamers and techies can all be placed in their own categories you do find people who are into all three.com/2008/06/16/otaku-the-good-the-bad-and-the-bishoujos/ Level 1 : Watch Anime on TV Level 2 : Stream Anime on Internet Level 3 : Start Purchasing DVD Level 4 : Collecting Anime Stuff like Figurines Level 5 : Start Cosplaying Favorite Anime Character 4 . which is why the target markets are adults and teens. This type of Anime is aimed at adults and older teens. this year they are having a competition. like Chrono Crusades. manga and/or related games. learn it. This tends to be a less violent genre than SHOUNEN. And trust me it can be even harder when you are learning something that came from another culture that is so different to yours. Anime is the type of thing you either love or you hate. otaku). sarumimi (monkey). they focus on romantic stories but may have other elements. it can relate to a fan of any particular theme. There is so much more to Anime and manga than just watching it. Step Five Our last step is to wish you good luck! May you go forth and be one with the Anime force. and UPCON and ICON are both Anime conventions. KEMONOMIMI CHARACTER-anime and manga terminology describing humanoid characters that possess animal-like features. That’s not to say that you need to try really hard and know everything there is to know about Anime but you have to have passion. O. YAOI or SLASH-In this genre The focus is on male relationships. read. In modern Japanese slang.V.As an Otaku myself I have had discussions with many people about what it is that makes you Otaku. For example there are Anime societies where people can get together and discuss Anime or game.A-Original Video Animation MOE CHARACTER-most common features include youthfulness as a physical trait (younger age or pigtails) or as an emotional trait (naive or innocent outlook) and some obvious sympathetic weakness the character works hard to correct (extreme clumsiness or a life-threatening disease) but never really succeeds to get rid of. Because 1) there is WAY more out there than you realise and 2) if you jump at anything that comes along you may just stumble along some really bad stuff that can turn you off of Anime all together.

2011. the sixth “Code: Breaker. has been okayed for production 5 . CØDE:BREAKER. and anime studio SHAFT. they gain the attention of an organization named SERN who try and track them down. just a small fire. A sequel game titled Steins. The story is set in the early 21st century as a sequel to another NisiOisin story. 2011. Bakemonogatari. As the group decide to experiment with their new invention. A manga adaptation of the story illustrated by Sarachi Yomi began serialization in Media Factory’s Monthly Comic Alive magazine on September 26. Aniplex. Riding the bus one day. The movie will be showcasing new footage and not just recycling previous scenes. in service of the government. an Anime adaptation of Kamijyo Akimine’s action-comedy manga series. EDEN. 2009.Gate is praised for its intertwining storyline and the voice acting of each character as well as brilliant art work for both the games and series. 2008. The announcement was made during the NisiOisin Anime Project live stream event on NicoNico Douga and is due to air in January 2012. 2011. 2009 and went through a total of 15 episodes. A second manga series illustrated by Kenji Mizuta began serialization in Mag Garden’s Monthly Comic Blade on December 28. 2011 and ended September 14. The novel is the latest by Nisi Oisin to be made an anime. Sakura Sakurakouji looks out the window to see people being burned alive with a blue fire as a boy her age remains unharmed watching. about a group of friends who turn their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. CODE BREAKER The manga series currently has 15 volumes to date – with the first volume debuting on October 10th. When she goes back to the site the next day.Gate takes place in Akihabara. Sakura discovers that the new transfer student turns out to be the same boy she saw the day before. Going to class. According to the magazine. with a movie adaptation in the making. and finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions. It will be a collaboration between Kodansha.Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling was released June 16. Now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them. mythological beasts.Anime ALL OTAKU’S TOP 5 Nisemonogatari Steins Gate The story of Steins.” a special type of assassin with a strange ability hired by a secret organization. and spirits. It began serialization in Weekly Shounen Magazine of the same year. there is no evidence of any kind of murder. a third year high school student who has recently survived a vampire attack. The anime adaptation aired in Japan this year on April 6. gods. ghosts. 2009. While not much has been published on the actual movie yet the animation style looks great and the story line has potential. This new release centres around the “Fire Sisters” Tsukihi and Karen Araragi. Steins. which was centred around Koyomi Araragi. A second sequel game titled Steins. An anime adaptation by Shaft started airing on July 3.Gate 8bit is set to be released on November 28. Sakura soon learns that he is Rei Oogami.

A Dark Rabbit has Seven Lives Personally one of my favourite reviews this week. As part of the Rurouni Kenshin 15th anniversary celebration. a new Anime project is also in the works. The group. The film will be directed and star Satoh Takeru as Kenshin.com Subtitles: English (US) Publisher: kadokawapictures Type: TV series Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi Publisher: DEEN Type: OVA movie 6 . he goes about his life normally until he is hit by a truck and sets this vampire free. both of whom worked on the original Anime series will be working on the new series. Kurenai Gekkou. and magician. But having forgotten this. save for the late Hirotaka Suzuoki. Taito. although no details on this project have been announced yet. Ken Narita will be voicing Saito in the remake. Studio DEEN and director. a live action Rurouni Kenshin film is being produced by Warner Bros and is set for airing in Japan in 2012. Taito Kurogane is your average school student with a twist. will premiere in Japanese theatres in December — a home video release will follow after. As a kid he makes a promise to a vampire girl who cast a spell on him to bind them in life and death. This series is a great one to have in your collection and you can find all the latest episodes on Crunchyroll. entitled. Now he must defend her from evil monsters while being forced to become a slave to the school’s Student Council President. Himea (the vampire girl). have to fight to keep the world from being overrun by demons from other dimensions. Gekkou and his strange magical student. as well as the original series voice cast. “Shin Kyoto Hen” (New Kyoto Arc). However the Kyoto Arc will not be the only Kenshin feature to see a release in the near future. Below you’ll find a shot of them on the set. the new ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Anime project will be a two-part OVA series. The first episode. who will be will be accompanied by Takei Emi as Kaoru. It is said that Watsuki-san himself insisted his manga is filmed by the natives. Kazuhiro Furuhashi. It is reported to be an ample remake of the battle against Makoto Shishio from Misao’s point of view. who voiced Saito Hajime.“Rurouni Kenshin” – New 2-part OVA Series A s announced in April. Mirai. More details can be gleaned over at the Anime News Network and Siliconera. The animation is a little stiff but the character art is beautiful and the story is easy to follow.

Another thing worthy of note are the character designs.com/08movie/index. the designs by these two infuse the work with a fresh charm. who solves various incidents that happen in his circle of friends. A story boldly adapted from Ango Sakaguchi’s Ango Torimonochou (Ango Detective Stories) with character designs by pako and Yun Kouga. November 19th. Synopsis Based from Sakaguchi Ango’s novel “Meiji Kaika Ango Torimonocho”. BONES recently released a statement saying that the film will be airing in Japan for two weeks starting on Saturday the 19th of November. arrogant rogue. BONES creates detective genius Type: TV series. Directed by Seiji Mizushima. helmed by illustrators pako (Scared Rider Xechs) and Yun Kouga (Mobile Suit Gundam 00).un-go. The detectives are a duo. However. The adaptation will utilize an original story set in the near future. Why Inga sticks with Shinjurou is as yet unknown. 2011. “However. But Kaishou often uses Shinjurou Yuuki. But contrary to Inga’s cute looks. together with Inga. they tackle the mystery genre. who continually encounter mysterious cases. Shinjurou Yuuki. can’t help but search for the truth. And a major crime at that. Shou Aikawa and BONES reunite! This time.html] 7 . calling me in means that some crime is going to occur. • “UN-GO” is a fullfledged detective story about a detective and his partner who tackle the world’s most difficult crimes together for reasons of their own. The Movie “UN-GO episode: 0 INGARON” will be out in theatres in Japan for 2 weeks only starting Saturday. Meiji-era story about a detective named Yuki Shinjuro. and yet. “the Last Great Detective”. Episodes: 11. that’s how the young man. Inga. Shinjurou Yuuki identifies himself. On the visual side. known as “the Last Great Detective”. Producers: Bones. Still. and his partner. future Tokyo that still bears the scars of war. and written by Shou Aikawa .” It is the comic version based on the movie “UN-GO episode:0 INGARON”. Ruling the land is Media King Rinroku Kaishou. the public doesn’t know this and thus refers to Shinjurou as the “Defeated Detective”. revolving around the detective and a boy named Inga.Review of the month The FMA team of Seiji Mizushima. UN-GO looks like it will be hit this year at the box office. he’s a sharp. Shinjurou. The profession of private detective fell out of favour long ago. Genres: Mystery. [http://www. this series is a must see for Otaku this year. The setting of the story is a post-war. Airing: Oct 14 2011. to uncovered “the truth” in most cases. who through politics and industry has the communications infrastructure under his thumb.

Nov: The Official Pokémon website is launched. and even if you who weren’t. U.4 million yen today. and of cause all of that great merchandise we all love to spend our life savings on.8 million. The business started out with a capital of 60 million yen and is worth over 365. and the world’s most profitable video game related Anime in the entire world. cumulative sales of the video games (including home console versions. England. But with this year’s release of the two Pokémon Black and White movies we decided that we wanted to see how much the Pokémon Empire was worth. That’s not to mention the fourteen seasons of Pokémon series.A. Chuo-ku.The Biggest Money Maker in Anime History Pokemon Empire For those of us who have been OTAKU for most of our lives. 8 . Osaka. Nagoya. I’m waiting to see the new art style for the new season. 2007: Jul: The Pokémon Center Tokyo is remodelled and reopened. Inc. Ltd. 2002: Jul: Mobile phone website Pokémon Hiroba is launched. Inc.786 combined in Japan this year. 2003: Mar: Representative office is established in London.” Said Laurent Fischer. 2001: Feb: Overseas affiliate Pokémon USA. marking their fifteenth year in the industry. Though I’m not a huge fan of the show. Sites and information had flooded the net and societies were formed. Pokemon had become our generations Magic the Gathering.” “It’s rare to find a franchise with such worldwide appeal and dedicated fans as Pokémon. Osaka. Game-related business begins. 2000: Oct: Company name changes to The Pokémon Company. an affiliate. 12 movies. Tokyo. (Now The Pokémon Company International) is established in Delaware. Hokkaido. 1999: Sep: Capital is increased to ¥240 million. Tokyo. was created in 1996 by Satoshi Tajiri. people of all ages and all walks of life were eventually sucked into the chaos that was pokemon. is established in Seoul.. Korea. 649 Pokémon species and their corresponding cards. 1998: Apr: The Pokémon Centre Company is established in Nihonbashi. (Capital: 60 million yen) Apr: The Pokémon Center Tokyo is established in Nihonbashi. Oct: The Pokémon Center Nagoya is established in Sakae. Dec: License-related business begins. the Pokémon franchise has since become the world’s most profitable video game related cartoon next to the Mario Franchise. and GAME FREAK Inc. and as of 28 May 2010.387.. toys are still sold. The cards are still being played at tons of tournaments. 2006: Aug: Overseas affiliate Pokémon Korea. and the games are selling now more than ever. It was two years after Nintendo contracted Tajiri that The Pokémon Company was started on April 23. Nov: The Pokémon Center Fukuoka is established in Hakata. is established. Fukuoka..4 million. Nov: The Pokémon Center Osaka is established in Umeda. Nintendo of Europe. so I’m sure the same will go for the movie. Managing Director Marketing and PR.S. then to be bought and published by the game company Nintendo. Originally released as a pair of interlinkable Game Boy role-playing video games developed by Game Freak. Creatures Inc. Yokohama. you will remember the big hype that Pokémon created when it hit the worlds markets. Their two latest movies grossed US$53. Jun: Capital is increased to ¥365. 2004: Jan: The Pokémon Daisuki Club is launched. The Pokémon Company was established through joint investment by the three businesses holding the copyright on Pokémon: Nintendo Co. or those who screamed devil worship at the steps of the Vatican. 2009: Mar: The Pokémon Center Sapporo is established in Sapporo. POKEMON FANS SAY: “I feel like the fad is faaaaar from dead. 2005: Mar: The Pokémon Center Yokohama is established in Minato Mirai. 2010: Apr: The Pokémon Communications Company. I also felt that the movies had slightly more mature themes than the show so I will definitely give this movie a shot. Pokemon. Nov: The Pokémon Center Osaka is remodelled and reopened in Umeda. such as the “Pikachu” Nintendo 64) have reached more than 200 million copies. or earlier known in Japan as Pocket Monsters (Poketto Monsutā). May: Capital is increased to ¥361.. Feb: Capital is increased to ¥360 million. Whether it was those who played and collected the cards or games.

though there are Japanese-made OCs. but Crypton says it was not easy to explain what a “Vocaloid” was to him. KEI claims he could not create an image of “singing computer” at first. Rainbow Vocaloids are based on the colours of the rainbow. Some of them may go on to become UTAUloids. They are usually created for storytelling purposes. UTAUloids were originally considered Vocaloids as well because of Teto. Crypton gave KEI a detailed concept of Miku. but after KEI tried pigtails they stuck.001 yen. This was around one sale in 250 in the music software industry. Hatsune Miku. Many of these are found in DeviantArt. The digital design on Miku’s skirt and boots are based on synthesizer program colours and the bars represent the bars within the program. or change the dynamics and tone of the voice. her voice provided by Miriam Stockley. On September 12. such as Kaito. The reason for segregating them is to differentiate them from Fan made Vocaloids that use existing voices and run on Yamaha’s Vocaloid and Vocaloid2 platform. but some users have decided to give them a life of their own. In fact there are many types of Vocaloid character. Miriam and Meiko experienced good sales. add effects such as vibrato. who backed the development financially—and later developed the software into the commercial product “Vocaloid”. But what many of us don’t know is that Vocaloid is the singing synthesizer application that they use to create Hatsune’s voice. These vocal enhancement packs have been sold on the market since 2004 and from then until now have grown into a world wide Phenomenon.500. The latest in the series of Vocaloid characters is Vocaloid 3-Aoki Lapis( See above). diva in the near-future where songs are lost. Kamui Gakupo and SF-A2 miki who sing in Japanese or vocaloids like Lola. the pioneer (if not the first UTAUloid). There are many different vocaloids. She is the ‘mascot’ for the latest Vocaloid software to be released on the 21st of next month. Hatsune was release Miku as “an android But what does this have to do with the characters we see on the web and in the media. The first Vocaloids. The name of the title and the character of the software was chosen by combining Hatsu (first). Leon and Lola were also demonstrated at the Zero-G Limited booth at Wired Nextfest and won the 2005 Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award. Though Leon. It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers. Because UTAU has the ability to manually import voice sounds from WAV files. being the first to become a pop icon.” and when they started designing her visually the illustrator.Vocaloid NEXT-GEN SUPER-STARS For most of us the word Vocaloid (or Bōkaroido in Japanese) brings up images of the every popular internet sensation Hatsune Miku.000+ units. Big Al and Miriam who sing in English and even opera like Tonio. It was confirmed in her first year alone. it is quite easy to create “our own” UTAUloids. Leon and Lola. In the first 12 days of sale. The software can change the stress of the pronunciations. The program was originally only in English and Japanese but as of Vocaloid 3 Spanish. But after a month of designing and re-designing they had the new pop-star down to a tee. was asked to draw Miku as an android and use a color scheme based on YAMAHA synthesizer’s signature terquoize. The initial sales of Hatsune Miku were so high that Crypton could not keep up with the demand. Well each Vocaloid is sold as “a singer in a box” designed to act as a replacement for an actual singer. or those supplied with actual singing voices. The program is the brain child of Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and Japan’s Yamaha Corporation.000 sales were made. Miku sold 40. nearly a full month later than originally expected. Original Vocaloid Characters (called OC Vocaloids) are fan made vocaloids who do not have a business origination point. and are independent characters. KEI. Miku was originally intended suit a different hairstyle.which has resulted in a large boom of voice banks from all over the world. Lola. The only restriction in making an UTAUloid is using voice data unwillingly recorded Only a small amount of OC Vocaloids sing. in July 2004. Ne (sound). 2004. 9 . being attempted to pass off as a real Vocaloid. Later that same year. 2007 Sales for Hatsune Miku totaled 57. and may or may not interact with other official or fan made vocaloids. Shortly after Zero-G released Miriam. The program allows users to synthesize singing by typing in the lyrics they want along with music. making her the number one selling software of that time. the majority of them do not sing at all. But the Vocaloid culture has become so big that a Vocaloid no longer has to be a character that sings or is mixed on the Vocaloid programs. Meiko. as he did not even know what a “synthesizer” was. quoted as “an impossible number” by Wataru Sasaki. Hatsune Miku Hatsune Miku is the first Japanese Vocaloid2 in the Vocaloid2 Character Series created by Crypton Future Media. however were released by Zero-G on March 3rd of 2004. Crypton Future Media released their first Vocaloid. Leon and Lola made their first appearance at the NAMM Show on January 15. Kaito was the only one who initially failed commercially. nearly 3. They were not designed for singing. To compose songs the users must utilise a piano roll type interface to input the melody and the lyrics onto each note. both of which were sold as a “Virtual Soul Vocalist”.” The data for the voice was created by sampling the voice of Saki Fujita (Fujita Saki). She is considered the most popular and well known Vocaloid in the world. and Miku (future) thus meaning “the first sound from the future. Chinese and Korean will be added to the pack.

” So who all will be attending this extraordinary event this year? Well. gaming apparel and accessories. The expo has enjoyed exponential year-on-year growth in both attendance and exhibitors. Regardless of age. and when they get there they’re always surprised by how many other families are there.” This years Sponsors 10 . comics. gaming and technology expo. computer enthusiasts and techno geeks to tech newbies. digital lifestyle gear.” Primary product categories include PC and console gaming.000 visitors.R80. over clocking. exclusive presentations by international game developers.Tickets available at Computicket or at the door VenueThe Coca-Cola Dome | Corner Northumberland Road & Olieven hout Avenue | Northgate. and much more.” said James.00 per person Family Ticket R160 (two adults and two chil dren) Kids under 6 free NAG LAN ticket . convention artists. “ “Thanks to the support of our exhibitors and the gaming community as a whole.” Since it’s birth in 2002.2 Oct 2011 Fri: 10h00-18h00 | Sat: 09h00 -18h00 | Sunday: 10h00-16h00 Tickets Day ticket . race gender or platform you can bet that people from all walks of life will be there this week “ “We’re definitely seeing more families come to rAge over the weekend. and much more. gadgets and gaming-related products under one dome. Based on the tremendous success of rAge 2010. exposing them to the experience of a life time in the form of the latest technological developments. Do you need any more reason to go? “rAge 2011 is primed to improve and expand on this impressive growth with a predicted attendance of more than 23. It also continues popular subculture favourites like the NAG LAN and the Artists Alley. media and creative arts colleges. “Best known as South Africa’s premier computer. What is rAge? What better way to tell you what rAge is than to let the creators speak for themselves. The rAge expo appeals to anyone who’s into the fun side of technology. rAge expo has seen exponential growth in both its visitors and exhibitors. competitions and giveaways. Techies and Otaku of all types come out of the wholes they hide in and begin the migration to Johannesburg for what has become the years main event. new and pre-released games. collectible card games. we have not only met the needs of the growing gaming culture but have become an institution within it. rAge 2011 is primed to improve and expand on this impressive growth with a predicted attendance of more than 23.000 visitors.thedome. Perfectly positioned to leverage pre-Christmas sales and marketing campaigns.co. EVERYBODY!! Any one from casual and pro gamers. graphic art signings. computer hardware and software.za So here it is!!! Once again it is that time of year when Gamers. local game development studios.R50.” stated James. creative arts learning opportunities. simply put. Anime. the hottest consoles. product launches. technology. in line with international trends. North Riding http://www. sponsered by Samsung. technophobes and even entire families looking for a good day out among the latest in the technological world. rAge has a lingering effect well into the December buying frenzy. This is from the rAge webpage directly to you. rAge brings together the most popular and cutting-edge games. role-playing. rAge. The expo allows visitors to get hands-on experience with the groundbreaking developments in this dynamic sector.00 per person Weekend Ticket . gaming peripherals. is here once again.Dates Times 30 Sep .

Various exhibitors including Megarom. EA. The LAN opens at 09h00 on Friday [30 September 2011] and closes 15h00 on Sunday [2 October 2011] rAge 2011 HAS EVERYTHING EXCEPT MIDGETS. Johannesburg *rAge (usually first weekend in October) held at the Coca Cola Dome. Johannesburg 11 .100 gamers connected to the same network for a weekend of pure gaming. A definite must see! Other conventions for the common Otaku *UPCON (usually first weekend in April) held at the University of Pretoria. The team at NAG are levelling up their stand at rAge this year. The Indie game development scene in SA will be show cased at rAge 2011 as Learn 3D. Nintendo are going big with their handheld 3DS marrying 3D and portable gaming . the experienced Frontosa team will use copious amounts of Liquid Nitrogen to cool the components. Games produced by Learn 3D students will be put to the test as rAge visitors game-off for top honours and some awesome prizes throughout the show. there are loads of great prizes. Nintendo. The NAG LAN @ rAge is the biggest gaming LAN in South Africa. Check out the Wii U Tablet which only releases commercially overseas in December. temperatures soar. the developer of Batman: Arkham City. FIFA11 and Batman: Arkham City. Tickets for the NAG LAN go on sale at Computicket on 1 August 2011 and are expected to be sold out within days. rAge will be open until the 2nd of October. Xbox. will be releasing playable code on games such as Battlefield 3. when the Contact Details For more detailed information or to book your presence at rAge please contact: Michael James Senior Project Manager rage@nag. with a minimum of 2. Tekken. As PC drag racers know.co. Frontosa will be pushing the limits of various PC components. Renowned for recreating our favourite anime and gaming characters.What is the NAG LAN? rAge will again feature the sleep-depriving three day NAG LAN @ rAge event. Assassins Creed Revelations. will be presenting the “Home Grown” competition. Dead Rising 2. at the NuMetro Entertainment stand on Friday and Saturday to get the low down on the sequel to Arkham Asylum. check out what’s new in the world of gaming gadgets and consoles as well as “beasting” their machines with the latest cutting-edge computer hardware and peripherals . Mass Effect 3. This year visitors to rAge will be among the first South Africans to experience the year’s most anticipated game releases. This is a wired melting pot of adrenalin-filled gaming in the form of a 53-hour BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) NAG LAN. and Sony PlayStation’s new portable device.co.za | +27 11 704-2679 Jacqui Jacobs Marketing and Promotions Manager jacqui@nag. approximately 10 litres per day for the duration of the expo. giveaways and specials! If you have a thing for virtual racing – or are just downright good at it – get to Kaspersky Lab’s interactive stand to test your hand-eye with the Ferrari Virtual Academy and you could be the lucky winner of two VIP tickets to the Formula 1 in Sao.za | + 27 11 7042679 Cheryl Bassett Sales Executive cheryl@nag. As always. Paulo in November! rAge regulars add their usual alternative flavour.za | + 27 11 7042679 Fax: +27 11 704-4120 Postal Address: P O Box 237 Olivedale 2158 safeguard on these components is by-passed to increase the voltage and see what they can really do. that’s a full weekend of gaming awesomeness! Thousands of rAger’s will be there to experience the latest games. a local tertiary institution specialising in 3D animation. Pretoria *ICON (usually first weekend in July. The entire event translates into a gaming fanatic’s ultimate experience. Teaming up with The Verge. Final Fantasy XIII-2. As for gaming platforms. this year the funky creatives at Legion Ink are making it official with a Cosplay Competition. their stand is going to be nothing short of awesome – but that’s all we’re going to say.co. the PS Vita is also expected to create a stir at this year’s rAge Expo. rAge fans will be lining up on the 30th of September to enter the Coca-Cola Dome and experience the rAge expo. So to ensure the processor isn’t blown in the first five seconds. Don’t miss Rocksteady Studios’ Dax Ginn. Streetfighter vs. For the more technically inclined rAgegoers. particularly the latest and greatest processors on the market. Ubisoft. Sony and more. but the dates sometimes change) held at the Jabula Recreational centre.

And generally new and different is attractive. This is the idea that beauty can be measured by symmetry. it is something that they are taught as students. Everything from their finely drawn hair down to their toes is created to suit our fantasies.The way only anime girls boobs can bounce. Another thing is that their personalities are exceedingly unusual. The anime writers also try to create characters that are perfect in their personality. and when the skin is not clear it indicates illness or unbalance. Youth.” “Gravity defying hair. when shown pictures of different individuals. Even when most characters do something evil it is for a good reason. This brings me to another of societies requirements for beauty. The skin is in essence another kidney. So all in all what makes anime so attractive? Perfection. and therefore have less bringing down their appearance. it excretes toxins from the body in the form of sweat. Why do I find anime attractive? Is it normal? Do others have the same feelings? So I decided that I would look into it and maybe shed some light on the subject.W hy do we find Anime attractive? Having to browse the net a lot lately I have come across this question quite a few times. Asians.” “The beautiful eyes. Anime Characters have no excess qualities. But what does this have to do with Anime? We a lot of anime artists already know this. While we understand that the Japanese have a different culture to us and they see things differently they show us a side of humanity that is new to us. Lol” 12 . By: Joannah Stewart According to a University of Louisville study.” “Gravity defying fight scenes.” “PANTY SHOTS. we can prove this by testing it on children. Anime characters lack detail. Here.” “The cute voices. Sometimes it makes people more attractive. The first is explained by science in the form of the Divine Proportion. is an idea I never thought about in my research but stumbled upon on a forum a while ago. Every human has qualities that make their appearance stand apart. and so they use it in their art. You see the more symmetrical the face the more beautiful it is to us naturally. Or as close to it as we can get. Anime is also often commended for its character’s perfect skin. however. That is why we find children to be so perfect. but usually less attractive. There seem to be two sides to this answer.that is those that are the most symmetric Some reasons included by bloggers: “Jelly boobs. With anime not only do they have perfect skin but they always have a rosy complexion which donates good health. As we all know youth is something that many of us consider the key to beauty and in Anime the characters are designed with the proportions of teenagers or really young adults. this can be one of nature’s greatest visual attractions for humans. Anime is created by people to be attractive.” “Always cheerful disposition. Humans have this beauty sensor built into them from birth and by showing babies and children a range of faces with a lot of symmetry and ones without we can see that the children will choose the more symmetrical faces every time. Latinos. and whites from 13 different countries all had the same general preferences when rating others as attractive -.

They may be siblings.799. cofounder of Studio Ghibli. who went missing in action during the Korean War. has been praised for its victory over the two Pokemon Movies at the box office last month. this is has second film to be released. a small struggle occurs and Umi finds herself involved in a student movement seeking to prevent the demolition of an old club house. and people who were aged over 30 made up 32.6% of the audience. loved and lived.269 times on 457 theatres in its first three days. people are destroying the old and believe only in the magnificence of the new. 18. children being forced to grow up fast due to the absence of a parent. Plot The story follows Umi Matsuzaka.452. one below the Pokémon films also released on the 16th of July. A 16 year-old girl and eldest in a close-knit family of five. Gradually the pair are drawn to each other but they are faced with a sudden trial. The film was seen 445. Aoi Teshima.9% of them were aged between 16 and 19 years old. and was seen about 3. The film has been described as a “pure-hearted. every day at her seaside house in Yokohama Bay without fail in anticipation of the return of her father. in the middle of the battle and the aftermath. his last film was 2005 Anime hit “Tales from Earthsea.13 From Up On Poppy Hill This year’s Studio Ghibli release From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-Zaka Kara). melodramatic youth film” and “it’s wealth of period detail brings the era to nostalgic/realistic life”. In that time. which will be held from 8 to 18 September 2011. In the process. they keep going without running from reality. and written for screen by his father Hayao Miyazaki. who sang the theme song for the film Tales from Earthsea. and is being distributed domestically by TOHO productions.8% of the audience were in their twenties. she falls in love with the newspaper club president Jun Kazama. And due to its growing popularity in theatres. In preparation for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Even so. But while the film may be a little unusual coming from the company known for marrying the fantastical with the emotional. raises a pair of signal flags An online survey revealed that the ratio of female audience to male audience members was 57% to 43%. it still explores some of the more common themes of Studio Ghibli’s work. The film crossed the 3 billion yen gross mark during the weekend of 2122 August 2011.000 times by September 14. in particular. at a high school in Yokohama. they come to know how their parents met. It was also revealed that the film was showcased in the “Japan International Premiere” section. Production of the film was handled by Toshio Suzuki. Then. The film was announced as one of the Japanese films being showcased at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. From Up on Poppy Hill grossed the equivalent to US$53. making it the highest earning domestic Japanese film of 2011. From Up on Poppy Hill will continue to play on 300 screens in Japan beginning in October.300. The film adapted from Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama’s Shoujo coming-of-age manga opened at #3. . which is part of the “Contemporary World Cinema” event in the festival. as of September 11. 34. provided the theme song vocals for this film. However. The film was directed by Goro Miyazaki.

Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation. no advertisements. Anything from Video Gaming products. Its mission is to bring professional content to a worldwide audience and to build a fun. Gonzo. Collectable Figurines and related merchandise. A premium subscription service is available for added benefits like High Definition videos.Yet despite the movies wins it still has a somewhat reduced status among critics and viewers. gaming.awx. along with a variety of Comic Books. And if you know anything about the anime or gaming world chances are that you have heard of them or been to their site. and many others online to its subscribers within one hour of its Japanese broadcast. and early access to allnew episodes. and many others. Android smartphones. Goro has made a significant leap as a director and in finding his own style. Crunchyroll actively partners with content providers around the world. Munhwa Broadcasting of America.) So for those of you who have the entire Studio Ghibli collection here is yet another piece to add to it. If you want a copy you will have to get hold of Viz Publishers. The studio will also be publishing an official art book of their latest feature. Crunchyroll is also available on devices like the iPhone. Toei Animation. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese anime industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like Naruto Shippuden. AnimeWorX also stocks all the latest Anime and Manga titles. www. They also carry a large selection of Collectable Figurines and Toys based on comics. firstly this is a simpler story than we are used to from Ghibi. Gintama. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers Association (LIMA). especially if you’re not willing to wait another year for the film to arrive in SA.co. It has partnered with over 30 major Asiabased publishers to provide hundreds of titles to its audience. As if two different stories are being told here. They offer a wide selection of video games and accessories at competitive prices. Be sure to visit them on-line at www. iPad. music icons and original sculpts. But no matter how well told From Up on Poppy Hill is it will not make us feel the same inspiration as Nausica or Spirited away did. Their web site has an added retail division for customers to browse their catalogue and place orders on-line.co. and TV TOKYO. Pony Canyon. The reason is this. Videos are supported with advertisements and do not require special installations to watch. Crunchyroll. Comics. and they don’t mesh well. anime. Animeworx or AWX is probably SA’s biggest supplier of all things anime and gaming. the film seems to be split in two. There are no big action set pieces or hints of fantasy at all. It has created a vibrant active community of over four million users through its social networking platform. Shueisha.za Mon-Thurs:: 9am-5:30pm Friday: 9am-6pm Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: 9:30am-3pm Public Holidays: 9am-3pm 14 . Venrock. Crunchyroll is funded by angel investors. Inc. Well Crunchyroll is one of my favourite web sites in the anime business so I thought I would let them explain who they are: Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian entertainment. It is a very simple story about a girl and a boy finding each other while they try to sort out the problems of their past. To achieve these goals. Fuji Creative Corporation. Crunchyroll’s content is provided by Asian media leaders like TV TOKYO. Weaknesses aside. Secondly. no matter how small is better than the top releases from most other studios. was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and Tokyo. And frankly we can all agree that anything out of Studio Ghibli. as well as the option to trade in second hand games. movies. Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (From Up On Poppy Hill. awx. and TVs. They are America’s Studio Ghibli publishing connection. while developing social media tools to support this content. Anime. thriving community around this content. Crunchyroll is free and easy to use.za. and their in-store membership system allows for further savings.

In addition to continuing serialization of existing titles. A journey through the world of manga and anime Dengeki Maoh Mag Revamped with 1. October 21. will be over 1. Pokemon and Hello Kitty. at 11:00 pm ET.Ever wondered what Japanese cartoons and comics were popular in the 50s. 70s. 90s and 2000s? There’s Astro Boy. Ltd. I saw his credits were slim. which launched October 27. respectively. has almost all wellknown characters in the history of manga and Anime. even those “found on bank passbooks and train passes. The final section. Nolan North Breaks Uncharted Ground in Anime! If you’ve been playing some of the biggest video games of the past few years. G4 will air Japan’s currently wrapping up Blade anime series this winter.” It was opened to the public on July 8 and will run until August 20 at the museum’s Tall Galleries. called “The Future of Characters. This issue will also announce that Ikumi Katagiri (Are You Alice?. Madara Uchiha. Friday Night Lights) will provide the English dubbed voice of lead character Cyclops. The logo of the monthly seinen manga magazine will also change in this issue to mark its sixth anniversary this year.What's News MANILA.000 pages long-about double the magazine’s normal length. the viewer might come to better understand the close and extremely futuristic relationship that the Japanese people have with characters. The first and second parts feature anime and manga trends that have emerged in each decade and Japan’s bond with the characters. The December issue of Dengeki Maoh magazine. The odds are good that you’ve heard the voice of Nolan North. When I got curious if he’s ever voiced a character for anime. 60s. you’d have a 70% chance of hitting a game he’s voiced in.” a project of the Japan Foundation in Manila and the Embassy of Japan. He’s a popular guy.000+ Pages in Next Issue X-MEN for anime The G4 television network has announced plans to begin broadcasting Marvel Comics’ and Madhouse’s X-Men anime television series on Friday. Ultraman. and the Prince in the Prince of Persia reboot. I could go into his movie/ TV credits. “We hope that through this exhibition. but if you want to know more. The December issue of Dengeki Maoh will include special items featuring characters from The IDOLM@STER 2 and Persona 4 manga. The 12 episode X-Men anime series aired on Japanese television earlier this year. Nathan Drake in Uncharted. He isn’t taking his first steps into anime as some random filler character or short term villain. Philippines . The exhibit has 3 sections. Actor Scott Porter (Caprica. Chibi Maruko Chan.” Aihara Hiroyuki. If you threw a rock into the Giant Bomb database. Saiyuki Reload) will draw a new manga based on the action-adventure games God Eater Burst and God Eater 2 (working title) for Dengeki Maoh’s February issue. the December issue of Dengeki Maoh will launch three new manga. each having a different theme.. said in a statement. When it comes to comics. 15 What’s new in the anime world . he’s voiced characters from Deadpool to Hal Jordan when animated.” examines how advanced computer software and the Internet play a vital role in developing manga and anime. He’s taking on the part of the grand puppet master of the entire Naruto series. but you get the point. a recently opened exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila at Roxas Boulevard can give you all the answers. “Japan: Kingdom of Characters. but it’s a big one. 80s. He’s been the voice of Desmond in Assassin’s Creed. president of Japan’s Character Research Institute Co. in supermarkets and vending machines. “Japan: Kingdom of Characters” is part of the celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this July. While he’s already voiced Madara in the game Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 it isn’t a guaranty he’ll take the role on for the English dub of the anime. Only one listing.

Special guests at the event include producer Gou Nakanishi (Fafner. cosplayer KANAME☆. FLOW (Code Geass. Mikoi Sasaki. Angel Beats!). and popular Nico Nico Douga dancer COCO (pronounced “Shioshio”) handled Akikoroid-chan’s choreography for the video. Guest Line-up Announced For Anime Festival Asia A postcard included in Thursday’s release of Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki role-playing game is revealing that a full-voice version of The Legend of Heroes Zero no Kiseki RPG will planned for the PlayStation Vita portable platform next spring. Other bundled goods include a reduced-size replica of the dialogue recording script for the “Shiritsu Horitsuba Gakuen Bangai-hen: Tenkōsei ni Dokkidoki” short and a postcard with all of the Festival’s characters (as illustrated by CLAMP). She acts as a navigator for LAWSON’s new Nico Nico Douga channel. Shangri-La). and can also download their submitted song. The DVD will bundle a music CD with an original medley remix of five Card Captor Sakura songs by Sakura Tange and Junko Iwao. and Milky Holmes.The convention also announced Sea☆A’s “Dream Shooter” will be the event’s official theme song. the group made up of the four voice actresses from the Tantei Opera Milky Holmes anime: Suzuko Mimori. Kanako Itou with Shikura Chiyomaru (Steins. Sugar Sugar Rune) created the tune for the song. It also features footage from the “Clamp School Festival” event. the park will host an exhibition featuring panels from each scene of the anime during the campaign. LiSA (Fate/Zero. https://www1. November 13 will see performances from May’n (Macross Frontier. and blogger-turnedanime producer Danny Choo. which will be shown on the same day as the episode is released in Japan. Tokyo’s Namco Namja Town will host a campaign that features seven desserts and entrees with Squid Girl themes from October 7 to November 13. Sea☆A (Cardfight!! Vanguard). Heroic Age. Naruto). and mixi.Clamp Festival to Get DVD with Event Anime Short Squid Girl Invades Namjatown with Desserts The oganizers of the “CLAMP Festival Tokyo 2011” event announced on Saturday that they will be release a 180 minute DVD in late December. The DVD bonus extras will include “Shiritsu Horitsuba Gakuen Bangaihen: Tenkōsei ni Dokkidoki” — the short anime film supervised director Keiichi Satou and live voiceacted at the festival. and Izumi Kitta. The festival will also feature the Singapore premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 4. Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The winners will receive a yearly supply of the fried chicken and a “Fried Chicken’s Song” original CD. Contestants can share their video ideas on sites such as Facebook.lwp. to create the official song. Entries will ne accepted until October 24. the original edition of the opening and rehearsals. Namja Town is a indoor theme park in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro ward. Yasuharu Konishi (One Piece. Sora Tokui. Eureka Seven. Sound of the Sky). The LAWSON convenience store chain is holding a contest for lyrics to a new song for its new Vocaloid mascot “Akikoroidchan” to sing for the store’s Kara-agekun. Vocaloid Sings to sell Chicken. Marking the September 26 debut of Squid Girl Season 2. The contest is being held in honour of the store’s 25th birthday.” November 11 sees virtual idol Hatsune Miku performing on stage. Negima!?). In addition to the new dishes. Nine musical acts who have worked on anime will perform at the festival’s weekend-long concert “I Love Anisong. Twitter. The DVD will include all daytime performances and a compilation of the evening performances from the event. which is battered and deep-fried chicken. It’s reported Akiko-chan received a synthesized Vocaloid voice makeover earlier this month to become Akikoroid-chan. LAWSON will combine the lyrics from the top six entries. The Legend of Heroes Zero no Kiseki originally shipped for the PSP last year. as well as company’s spokesperson on more than 10 different social media services including Twitter and Facebook. Singapore’s Anime Festival Asia has announced its guest lineup for this year’s event taking place on November 11-13. as voted for by visitors to the site. and Ichiro Mizuki (Mazinger Z.Gate).jp/krgsong/ 16 What’s new in the anime world . Voltus 5) are scheduled to perform. On November 12. Kalafina (Black Butler.

and across the forehead and down the neck. Next and lastly. STEP 2. feet and bottom belly line. and move to step three. And in Keeping with the Pokemon theme. and tooth. all you guys have to do is draw out the large slanted eye. STEP 5. STEP 6. Draw in a nose line. and also include the mouth as well with the same lining. Now you will begin drawing out the actual shape of the chibi Pokemon’s head. For the final drawing step. we are going to draw and Typhlosion How to Draw Chibi a Typhlosion. we can focus on getting the body drawn in. Draw the explosive like back spikes. they are very basic and you can do just about anything with them. After you clean up the drawing you should end up with a sketch just like the one you see here . you will also draw out the arm and right hand. Chibi characters are the easiest thing to draw. draw out the pointed ears. and inside of them draw some guides or trim. Now that the head is already taken care of. Next add the marking line on the snout. STEP 1. STEP 4. and then draw in the eye ball. With the same swoosh. STEP 3. Add he left hand and some more of the body which includes the legs. Start the first step by making a single circle and then draw a face guide too.17 MImiru’s Art Class This week I thought that we would take it slow and start with some thing simple. Start with behind the head and make the neck line.

Also there are no initial character customizations. or (for more impatient players) buy them from the game company. with Jim Miller. and more time kicking demon ass. “This is exactly the type of property we’re looking to adapt at Lionsgate – it’s sophisticated. which became a viral media sensation when its haunting. It’s important to note that later dungeons will require tokens to enter. But it also has the bite of an arcade fighter. No date has been suggested for the film’s release though. The game has all the bark of an MMOSkills to level up. Dazed and Confused) –will spearhead production along with Stefan Sonnenfeld. artful trailer launched in February 2011. Savage combat. enemies to fight and special abilities. Many of you may be turned off by the pixelated graphics. You can play as the dualwielding Lann. cartoony games the publisher usually puts out. Evie is the newest addition since beta. And although you will pick up a lot of moola along the way. From the detail in the armour to details in the city make it all come to life. Thursday and Saturday. What makes it one of a kind (for now). but it’s not a deal breaker. with little time needed to introduce you to the basic mechanics. buy and sell items. Tombstone. PVP can yield some good rewards. the swordand shield handling knight. Dungeon Fighter Online brings the Arcade Fighter style back to life DFO allows you five classes to choose from: Fighter. Arad. but to be honest there were a lot of us who saw it coming.” It also has built in brand recognition around the world. Each class also has four subclasses (Priest has three). but it keeps to the look of a ‘90s arcade games. Players can also compete in the PVP arenas. The announcement was made by Lionsgate’s coCOO and Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake. Press Release: September 27. with the possibility of more in the near future.” Sean Daniel (The Mummy. Colhen is the central point from which you pick up tasks.a rogue fighter with massive strike force. Slayer. they are more “Get out there and kill shit” rather than “Go and fetch my dog” types.J Abrams. Mage. 2011– LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF). 18 . However it doesn’t take away from the overall experience. You might also be interested that the creators of this game were Nexon. learn skills. It’s this epic brutality that makes Vindictus an new breed of MMO. each with their own story presented as a animestyle cutscene in the beginning. adding to the arcade authenticity. allowing you to Bash enemies into walls or brake their spines. and franchise potential. the game also supports gamepads.This mix of beat-em-up action and MMO are a good mix that will have you gaming for hours. with her parries and defensive abilities. The games graphic aspects and overall-playablility are stunning. Matches range from one-onone. edgy. Jason Brown of The Sean Daniel Company and Missy Papageorge for Sonnenfeld’s Sunny Field Productions are executive producing. Combat is what defines this game. this game was made for one thing and one thing alone. but the imbalance between long-range shooters and close-range fighters ensures that quests remain top priority. and socialize with other players.equipping free lot does not change your appearance. While Players can customise both their boards and mouses to suit their attack style. SVP of Production and Development. Ignore everything you know about MMO combat. The idea is simple. It’s a huge change from the cute. today announced that it has optioned film rights from Deep Silver to develop a feature inspired by Dead Island. of otherworldly monsters. From the Pier. Like Brags in Fable you can take an Oath of Honour which will in turn yield extra battle and ability points. Priest and Gunner. Dead Island has been snatched up by a film studio for movie production. and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love. Vindictus is truly a huge advancement in free-to-play MMOs. Lionsgate has announced that the film is already in “early development stages with producers attached”. Alli Shearmur. Michael Bay and Gore Verbinski.The Gamer Corner Dead Island Makes It To The Box Office Unsurprisingly.The players are tasked with ridding their land. You are only allowed to change your avatar once you make enough money (or use real money) to purchase items. While many other MMO games can boast intricate character details and awesome weapons and spells that you get to use on foes. The same cannot always be said of the dungeons. players can summon boats and travel to dungeons or join others in tackling missions. There are three classes to choose from. with Sarah Perlman of Sunny Field Productions serving as co-producer. In that case you can either wait for them to regenerate every Monday. Lionsgate’s President of Motion Picture Production and Development is overseeing the project at the studio. While you still have a panthion of quests set out for you. The game will be a platform to create a unique visual brand with directors including J. Fiona. parties to join. she uses powerful offensive spells and has healing abilities. there are always players to fight against and the games maps never tire as you get to new levels. Vindictus pushes MMO boundaries with its combo attacks and grabs. up to four-on-four and free for all battles.

All gaming pro’s aside the visual impact of Wonderland is purely stunning. The game is set in a space exploring future around one Grayson Hunt. At face value Bulletstorm is bold but once I sat myself down to play it I was intrigued to find that it wasn’t half bad. Gamers will be able to switch between team members allowing them to perform various tasks according to the character you play. 2011. While the character performances are beautifully twisted ones. The story is set around Alice after she is let out of the asylum. double-jumps and triple-jumps.” said Zachary Zeldin. utilising satellite tracking resources as techie McGee. 19 . The combat is smooth. invasive and truly obnoxious. beautiful. blow up and utterly destroy your opponents. the movement was fluid and I liked that you could move enough to take a look around. The gameplay to I had no problem with. From the creators of the original Alice comes a new breed of Madness. take on a mission against the confederacy and end up being marooned on a planet called Stygia. From the word go. where the players with the best Battlefield skills will walk away with a share of the $1. the fluidity of the game makes it easy to use a multitude of different combos against your enemies.6 million prize pool. making Alice seem like a trained killer. crass. Not to mention the ridiculous ways in which you get to skewer. And while your choice of weapons are limited to three. maim. PS3. Soon enough though. Now she must traverse Wonderland finding clues to unlock this secret. Alice’s mad acrobatic skills are also a lot of fun to apply. While the game is an exciting experience it is rather short and can tend to be a little repetitive sometimes especially towards the end. This Competition is a great way to celebrate the gameplay and a reward for the fans. Battlefield 3 starts the worlds first Cybor War Along with the eagerly anticipated release of Battlefield 3. performing forensic analysis as the Awesome Abby. The lighting and tone are set perfectly and I couldn’t help look around at things as I played. But the graphics behind the game are amazing. Co-Founder of Virgin Gaming. In the beginning the idea is to survive but as you collect upgrades and reach different levels the idea is to achieve kill combos that make Rambo look like a sissy. Like performing autopsies as Dr Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard. All in all a great game. as Alice stepped off of the gloomy streets of London and into the vibrant ever-changing world of Wonderland. you may notice seams here and there as you play in the world’s background imagery and the pixelated explosions of pig snouts. The online tournament begins in early 2012. Greyson gets his hands on a Leash and the bloody. Dead Echo. Xbox 360. floating. It will feature four NCIS episodes written by the writers of the original series and gamers will apparently play as characters from the series using their individual skill sets to solve four interconnected cases by collecting and analysing clues. you get the feeling that nothing is what it seems. all the while trying to stop the train that is destroying wonderland and ultimately her mind. “We’re always looking to raise the bar for our members. and imaginative. mundane. To be launched on October 27. ALICE IN WONDERLAND: The madness returns For those of you who love the macabre and twisted corners of American Magee’s minds this is your game. ALIEN BITCHES!!!” at your screen. breaking suspects in the interrogation room as Gibbs. Having spent a reasonable amount of time smashing my way through black goo with doll faces and dicing henchmen cards to pieces I can report that the game was a pleasure to play. The gaming company Ubisoft has released a statement saying that they will be launching a game based on the TV crime drama hit . Electronic Arts and Virgin Gaming are putting together a Battlefield 3 Worldwide Conquest Tournament in honour of the game’s October launch. In fact it has a certain charm that I really enjoyed. reactions and movement are fantastic with no glitches and dodging is fast. and shrinking to reveal hidden path ways makes things all the more interesting. The game will be set in an area spanning over Atlantic City and Dubai. Sure it’s brash but it gets the blood pumping with its awesome action screens. PC. we find that Alice has a rather jaded reaction to them. And the music can grow tiresome at times but sets a great emotional tie to the game the rest of the time. a former Confederate Operative gone rogue.” But while I may be all praise about this game Wonderland does have its flaws. which in the end has you screaming “DIE. to give them truly epic gaming experiences they won’t find anywhere else and Battlefield 3 hits the mark. and investigate crime scenes as Tony and Ziva. performing autopsies and interrogating suspects. While her madness is still prominent she decides that she needs to find out who started the fire that killed her whole family. tons of violence and epic toilet humour that makes you feel like you can take on any enemy that comes your way. He and his crew. “Alice: Madness Returns’ Wonderland is enormous. The game’s AI has been designed to evaluate combat performance – it rewards balls-out combat bravado in the form of points that can be redeemed at Confederate resupply pods scattered around the planet. I was surprised when I first installed it as the backgrounds are so detailed and so well sewn together. Navigating Wonderland via jumps. Gamespot report that we will see the game on the Nintendo 3DS. enemy bashing attempt to flee the planet ensues. and Wii.NCIS in the near future. Mostly graphically. The largest console video game competition in gaming history will have players from around the world competing online in Battlefield 3.Ubisoft Release NCis game Bulletstorm To be honest when I first saw my boyfriend playing this I thought that it was the game version of Charlie Sheen.

his own set of weapons and you can play every map as Robin. though players are also able to switch between Batman and Catwoman while exploring the city to reach new areas. With this goal in mind the studio gave Robin has his own unique set of moves. Death Rider by Chi-Chun Liu. Batman Arkham Asylum. I must say that even I am excited about this new release and I am not one for flight fighter games. As for the game itself combat has been taken to a completely new level with realistic aircraft crashes that spew oil and create debris across the sky. and it is going to be available for Playstation 3. Interactive and DC Entertainment. Tornado GR. Gamers will also be able to download the fantastic winning entry to the recent Facebook Skin Design Contest. this game will be an action/ stealth cross breed. the single player demo of ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON is available now for free download via PlayStation®Network and Xbox Live®. The story continues a year after the events of Arkhan Asylum.4. In the ensuing violence Batman decides to get involved and enters the city to stop the controversial Catwoman. “Our goal from day one was to make him cool. ‘I would rather play as Robin than as Batman. “NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe announced the news that the team at Project Aces has completed development on ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON.” Says the official Assualt Horizon webpage. but according to lead narrative designer Paul Crocker. and will include two additional challenge maps — “Black Mask Hideout” and “Freight Train Escape. as a playable skin for the F15-C fighter. rewarding players for agility and sneakiness.” Crocker continued. We wanted to make you think. The developers are now hard at work on the game’s downloadable content. alongside the real-world Su37 Terminator. Set inside the walls of a sprawling mad man district in the heart of Gotham City.org/category/news/ 20 . You will be able to play over real world locations. forget everything you’ve seen in the films. The demo will feature two complete missions. YF-23 Black Widow II. Warner Bros.BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY Latest Game Releases Game developement finishes on Assault Horizon. You may be surprised that our main image for this article is a rather stark one of Robin. The asylum inmates have all been relocated to the new Arkham City where they have begun to fight for control. dodging sky-scrapers and turning enemies into fiery hunks of metal. Fans who pre-order the game at participating retailers will receive three free multiplayer skills on launch day to enhance the online combating.” said Crocker. called Thief Vision. The next generation air combat game is scheduled for release across Europe on October 14th 2011 for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3. including brand new fictional aircraft like the ASF-X Shinden II and CFA-44 Nosferatu. one being a dogfight over Miami and the other a helicopter rescue mission for the Delta Force. For a taste of what this incredable aerial shooter has in store. Arkham City is developed by Rocksteady Studios. AV-8B Harrier II Plus. The release date for South Africa is October 21st http://www.batmanarkhamcity. exclusively through Best Buy pre-orders. F-15S/MTD and Ka-50 Hokum. as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience. the vision for Rocksteady’s latest Batman game was to introduce Robin as more of an equal to the games main players. Interestingly Crocker revealed that Robin’s is even a bit faster than our beloved Batman. Xbox 360 and PC. Catwomen’s includes a whip that lets her swing across rooftops and her own version of Batman’s cowl.” Like its predecessor. A new scoring system will come into play too. “We wanted to make the fighting with Robin cool. at least initially. Arkham City introduces a brand-new story that brings together an all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe. The Catwoman missions are said to take up approximately ten per cent of the total game. Crocker concluded his statement saying that Rocksteady want gamers to go: “This guy is fucking awesome!” The Tim Drake Robin pack will be available. Both Robin and Catwoman will have a new arsenal of tools and abilities at their disposal.

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