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					November 4th, 2012                                                                                                 Published by: VR-Zone

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Final Fantasy Type-0 scenario
director Hajime Tabata:
English release plans “a
clean slate”
By KarbyP on November 4th, 2012                                     Final Fantasy Type-0 first started life as a mobile phone
                                                                    game when it was announced way back in 2006, under the
                                                                    title “Final Fantasy Agito XIII”. The platform for the game
                                                                    was eventually shifted to the PSP, but the concept of Type-0
                                                                    remained the same: it would be one of several games under
                                                                    Square Enix’s Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy project,
                                                                    which would tie all of the titles released under this series with
                                                                    a common mythos (although each game would have its own
                                                                    world and characters).
                                                                    Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2, Versus XIII, and Lightning
                                                                    Returns are the four other games in the Fabula Nova
In an interview with GameSpot, Final Fantasy Type-0 (PSP)           Crystallis series.
scenario director Hajime Tabata says that Square Enix has           Source: GameSpot
taken “a clean slate” in terms of localising the game for
US and European gamers. Type-0 was released in Japan
October 2011.                                                       MapleSEA Justice launched
  Will FF Type-0 be localized for North America and                 with “Zen” pirate class;
  Europe? If so, when?
                                                                    “Phantom” thief class to
  Due to market reasons, we are taking a clean
  slate in terms of our plans. We feel strongly about               come November 14
  bringing this title to the fans in North America and              Source:
  Europe, so if an opportunity arises that can become               pirate-class-phantom-thief-class-to-come-november-14/
  a conclusive factor, we are prepared to go into                   By KarbyP on November 4th, 2012
  consideration right away.”
Depending on your perspective, that localisation plans on
the title are a clean slate for now could be a good or bad thing.
On the positive side of things, it could mean that Square Enix
may be considering to remaster the game for the PlayStation
Vita (which would take a considerable amount of work given
that the game in its released form used assets and graphical
engines designed for the lower specs on the PSP).
On the other hand, you could also take the statement to
mean that an English version of the game is not going
to be announced any time soon. Certainly not before “an             The long-awaited has “Justice” content update patch for
opportunity arises that can become a conclusive factor”,            MapleSEA has finally gone live.
whatever that might mean.                                           If you haven’t checked out the free-to-play title in a while,
In the meantime, the Japanese version of Type-0 can be              the new patch adds a “Zen” pirate class
purchased digitally via the Japanese and Asian PlayStation          ; major revamps to all other existing pirate and thief jobs;
Store (it might just be Hong Kong for Asia; I’m not sure if it’s    minor tweaks to all jobs in the Legends, Explorer and
on the Singapore store) and played on your Vita through that        Resistance classes; and two new gameplay features – Part
route (if only Square Enix would localise and release the title     Time Job, and Character Class systems.
for US and Europe directly through the PlayStation Store…).
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The Part Time Job feature allows players to receive benefits       This promo movie comes courtesy of Megpoid the Music♯’s
for their characters even while they’re offline. Meanwhile,        official website, which has also listed Rosetta as the fifth
the Character Card system is one additional way for gamers         song revealed for the game.
to improve their characters’ statistics and performance in
Like with most other MapleStory content updates, Justice is
split-up into several update patches. Everything described
above is in the game as of right now.
But come November 14, Justice will introduce a second new
class called the “Phantom”. This is a thief-based class who’s
backstory is that the character is on a journey to seek revenge
for his beloved.
On December 5, a new party quest – the Azwan Liberation –
will go live. In this quest, players will have to work together
in order to free the town of Azwan from the control of a big-
bad known as the Black Mage Commander, and his forces              Rosetta was produced by “Tooka-P” or “10 Days P” (10♯P)
of evil. Like with past party quests, players can expect to be     who’s also known by the name “monaca:factory” (credited
rewarded handsomely as they complete Azwan Liberation              for the song’s lyrics, composition, arrangement).
                                                                   Dance choreography for the PV was done by Sacchaso (♯♯
“The Justice content update has been the talk of town among        ♯♯♯).
MapleSEA gamers for months,” Sherman Tan, chairman of
Asiasoft Online who runs MapleStory SEA, said.                     Here’s the full version of Rosetta in its original form on Nico
                                                                   Nico Douga, for those of you readers who haven’t had a
“Many players have been looking forward to the arrival of          chance to hear the entire song:
Phantom, the new thief based class who utilizes the powers
of the cane and card. Also, another major content that the         <a     href=”″
gamers have been looking forward to is the major revamp of         rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯GUMI♯ ♯♯♯
the Thief and Pirate class.                                        ♯ ♯♯♯♯♯♯PV♯</a>Megpoid the Music♯ for the PSP comes
                                                                   out in Japan Spring 2013.
“With most of the other Explorer classes who went through
major revamps in the past content updates, now it the time         No overseas release has been determined.
for the Thief and Pirate classes to shine and show off their
true prowess in the game,” he added.                               Perfume 1st World Tour
MapleSEA is a localised version of free-to-play MMO
MapleStory for the Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines             Singapore performance
territories. The client for this side-scrolling 2D online game     tickets sold for over US
can be downloadable at its official website here: http://                             $1,000 on Yahoo! Japan
Megpoid the Music♯’s                                               Source:
1st promo movie has                                                By KarbyP on November 4th, 2012

Gumi dancing to the song
By KarbyP on November 4th, 2012

                                                                   If you’re one of those lucky folks who managed to snag a VIP
                                                                   ticket to Perfume‘s Singapore concert, you might be holding
                                                                   on to a piece of paper that could be worth over S$1,000
                                                                   online – if you’re willing to let go of it, that is.
                                                                   A Yahoo! Japan Auctions user going by the online handle
                                                                   hisanyack put up an auction for a pair of Perfume 1st
Megpoid the Music♯ (read as “Megpoid the Music Sharp”)             World Tour Singapore Performance VIP tickets with entry
developer ParaPhray today put up the game’s first promo            reference numbers somewhere between 201 and 250.
movie, which offers a look at the fantastic animation work         As concert-goers would be admitted into the concert location
they’re doing for the title as Vocaloid Gumi dances to the         in batches of 50, this meant that the ticket holders would
song Rosetta.

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be part of the fourth group of folks to be admitted, allowing      Part of that appeal could be due to the “cosiness” of the
them to view the performance pretty up close.                      location; unlike Perfume’s nationwide concerts in Japan,
                                                                   their Singapore concert is said to be a cosy, “standing room
Starting price for these tickets? 8,000 yen (regular retail
                                                                   only” performance that’s a return to their roots.
price for VIP tickets were at S$120).
Over the course of the next week, however, the auction price       The high prices at which hisanyack were able to get for
                                                                   his pair of Perfume Singapore performance VIP tickets
would soon balloon from its humble 8,000 yen starting bid,
                                                                   has prompted a surge in Yahoo! Japan Auctions listings
to well over 80,000 yen (approx. US$1,070). And that’s price
per ticket; if you wanted both of the pair, the winning bidder     for more tickets – several other users have begun listing
                                                                   GeneralAdmission tickets on the site, although there have
was to pay the same auction price for each of the pair, plus
                                                                   not been any bids made for those due to their exorbitant
1,000 yen for shipping.
                                                                   starting prices. Besides the fact that they are, well, General
                                                                   Admission tickets.
                                                                   There is, however, one ongoing Yahoo Japan! Auctions that
                                                                   should prove interesting to watch for in the coming days.
                                                                   User toma09103 has put up an auction for a pair of VIP
                                                                   tickets with an entry reference number within the single
                                                                   digits (001 to 009). Whoever wins the auction for these
                                                                   tickets will literally be amongst the first to go in, and stand
                                                                   in the very first line of the audience.

The much-coveted Perfume 1st World Tour Singapore
performance tickets first went on sale at the AFA Shop at
Scape shopping mall on October 14 at 10AM on a Sunday
morning. J-Live Asia, the organisers for the concert, allotted
half of the available tickets to physical shop sales, with
the remaining half to be won through online ballots at the
concert’s official website.
Knowing that the number of tickets would be extremely
limited, not only because of the 50% allotment but also of
the event venue’s physical size, at least 150 Perfume fans in
Singapore queued up overnight to guarantee their victory           Currently, the highest auction price for these single-digit
spoils.                                                            tickets are at 30,000 yen. But there’s still three more days to
And they were right on the money – VIP tickets to the concert      the auction’s closing.
were sold out shortly after ticket sales began in the morning,     We’re almost terrified to find out how much these tickets will
leaving many in the queue disappointed as they had to settle       eventually go for. God help us all.
for the S$80 General Admission ticket. By 12 noon, a short
                                                                   Source: Yahoo Auctions! Japan
two hours after sales began, even the General Admission
tickets were all gone.
So the fact that the pair of tickets being auctioned online bore   Egoist 3rd Single: “Namae
an entry reference number between 201 to 250, is a pretty
big deal.
                                                                   no nai Kaibutsu” out on
Judging from the description on the auction page, where            December 5
it explicitly says that the tickets will only be shipped to
Japanese addresses (“from Singapore to your home address
in Japan via Kuroneko Yamato express home delivery with
package tracking”), we’re assuming that both of the winner
bidders are residents of Japan who would be travelling here
to watch the performance.
We’re quite surprised to see that even Japanese fans of
Perfume – who could always go to see the popular electropop
trio perform whenever they go on tour in their home country
– were willing to fork out this much money for tickets to the
Singapore concert, despite the fact that it would be streamed
live to Japanese audiences at 62 theatres all across Japan.
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By walz on November 4th, 2012
                                                               Psycho Pass Ending theme: Namae
                                                               no nai Kaibutsu – EGOIST

                                                               “Hatsune Miku: Project Diva
                                                               F” (PS3) teaser site opens; its
                                                               6 new songs might make it
                                                               into Vita version as DLC
Egoist composed of Producer: Ryo of supercell and vocalist
                                                               By KarbyP on November 4th, 2012
Chelly (who provided the singing voice of Inori Yuzuriha)
following their release of Extra terrestrial Biological
Entities just this September 19, will be releasing their 3rd
Single Namae no nai Kaibutsu (Monster with no name) on
December 5 2012.
The CD+DVD set will retail for 1680 Yen while the CD only
will be 1223 Yen (tax included for both). The single will
be featuring a total of 7 songs, 2 new ones a with their
instrumental and tv versions. The DVD bundle will include
the music video of Namae no nai Kaibutsu plus the credit-
less ending of PSYCHO-PASS.
                                                               Sega has opened a teaser site for Hatsune Miku Project Diva
♯Disc1 / CD♯
                                                               F, a port of the PS Vita rhythm-action title for the PS3 that
                                                               will feature six new songs. The developers also shared a new
                                                               CG visual for the game, as well as the rationale behind the
02♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯ (Namae no nai Kaibutsu)
                                                               capital “F” in the title.
03♯♯♯♯♯♯ (Kanadenaru)

04♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯ (TV Edit 92s ver)

05♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯ -Instrumental-

06♯♯♯♯♯♯ -Instrumental-

07♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯ (TV Edit 92s ver) -Instrumental-
♯Disc2 / DVD♯
01.♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯Music Video                                        According to the developers’ blog, they decided to go with
                                                               a capital “F” for the title not merely because it’s clever, but
02.♯PSYCHO-PASS ♯♯♯♯♯♯Ending ♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯                       also that they wanted the title to convey the message that
                                                               this game is based on the PlayStation Vita’s Hatsune Miku:
03.♯PSYCHO-PASS ♯♯♯♯♯♯Ending ♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯♯                       Project Diva f, but with some a few extra additions and
pre-orders are up on                           changes.
source:                                        Plus, they didn’t want to make the title any longer which
                                                               might be hard for people to remember.
                                                               So what are the changes made in Project Diva F? We’ve
                                                               already detailed some of them here in yesterday’s post. But
                                                               the gist of it is that there will be six new songs, as well as
                                                               new modules based on the image of these songs. There will
                                                               also be additional module customisation items – in Famitsu
                                                               magazine’s story, Sega hinted at the possible appearance of
                                                               a certain character that’s been quite popular with Miku fans
                                                               lately (very likely to be Mikudayo-san, whose name Sega
                                                               recently trademarked).
                                                               With regards to the six additional songs, apparently the
                                                               developers had originally intended for them to make it into
                                                               the PS Vita version, but ultimately did not have the time
                                                               to make the songs under the Vita version’s development
                                                               schedule. Fortunately, there’s extra development time

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budgeted the for PlayStation 3 port, so they can finally work
on those songs and modules. Or so the developers say.            Watch Raiden fight his would-
With regards to fans who’ve already picked up the Vita           be robo-canine pal in this
version of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f, Sega says that they
are looking into whether or not they could roll out the new
                                                                 official Metal Gear Rising:
songs and modules to the Vita version via DLC.                   Revengeance “technical play
At the moment, the development team is apparently working        movie”
hard to ensure that as much of the data from Project Diva f      Source:
can be carried over to Project Diva F, especially with regards   robo-canine-pal-in-this-official-metal-gear-rising-revengeance-technical-
to custom creations in Edit mode, and porting your save data     play-movie/
back and forth.                                                  By KarbyP on November 4th, 2012
For details and confirmations on that, we’ll just have to wait
for a future announcement from the developers.
For now, this week’s Famitsu magazine has got interviews
with seven creators or members of the development team
involved with the Project Diva f/F (Producer, R&D Producer,
Director, Lead Programmer, PV Production, Character
Modeler, and Rhythm Game Design), so make sure to pick
up a copy of the Japanese magazine at your local import book
store (if you can). In Singapore, Kinokuniya Books usually
have them in on a Friday.
Finally, here’s the new CG visual for Project Diva F that they
revealed, in which Hatsune Miku stretches out her left hand      At Gamescom earlier this year, Kojima Productions and
to the viewer, as if inviting them to join her onto the next     Platinum Games revealed LQ-84i K-9000 (code-named
stage.                                                           Bladewolf), a robo-canine that will eventually assist Raiden
                                                                 in combat – after he’s defeated and reprogrammed, that is.
                                                                 How hard could it be to beat the LQ-84i? Well, for starters,
                                                                 it’s not just a simple robodog – it’s got a chainsaw on its back
                                                                 which its whip-like tail can wield and swing around like a
                                                                 giant, menancing chainsaw katana.
                                                                 Also, the AI on-board the LQ-84i appears to be some sort of
                                                                 bigshot. As you’ll see in this official “technical play movie”
                                                                 below, the LQ-84i taunts Raiden every now and then, and
                                                                 can even summon underlings like soldiers and Metal Gear
                                                                 Gekkos to do its bidding.
                                                                 The footage here is from the same Metal Gear Rising:
                                                                 Revengeance demo that was issued out via a download code
                                                                 to gamers who pre-ordered and bought Zone of the Enders
                                                                 HD Collection/Edition last Thursday (October 25) in Japan,
                                                                 or this past Tuesday (October 30) in the US. So if you’ve
                                                                 already cleared the demo, you probably don’t need to watch
                                                                 it unless you’re looking for tips to beat the boss fight more
                                                                 This game just keeps looking better and better.
                                                                 What’s your favourite part of the boss fight? Mine’s near the
                                                                 end when LQ-84i is seen pleading for his synthetic life.
                                                                 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes out for the
                                                                 PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (no X360 version in Japan) 19
                                                                 February 2013.
                                                                 Source: Famitsu
Source: Famitsu, Sega

                                                                 Kumi Koda Tops oricon
                                                                 charts with new single

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By walz on November 4th, 2012                                      are priced at 6,280 yen and 5,750 yen for the PS Vita and
                                                                   PSP respectively.
                                                                   Meanwhile, the limited edition will be sold for 11,004 yen for
                                                                   the PS Vita version or 10,479 yen for the PSP one, which may
                                                                   be a little pricey for some, but it comes with a drama CD, a
                                                                   towel, and figure of Misaki Kamiigusa, one of the heroines.
                                                                   Source: mantan-web

                                                                   This is how Tales of Hearts R
                                                                   (PlayStation Vita) looks like
Just a week after it was released, Kumi Koda’s new single “Go      with full 3D graphics
to the Top” has reached the no.1 spot on the oricon charts, in     Source:
an odd coas the title itself says it. Since the single’s October   playstation-vita-looks-like-with-full-3d-graphics/
24 release, the has reached more than 55,000 sales.                By KarbyP on November 4th, 2012

The new single (which is also the opening theme song
of Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse) marks Kumi Koda’s
return to the industry since giving birth to her first son with
Kenji03 (lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Japanese Rock
band “Back-on”).
“I languished, not knowing what direction I was going to
take after life-changing events such as marriage and having
a baby,” she said in a statement. “But I decided to come back
to the stage and I am thrilled beyond words to be back in the
No. 1 spot.”
Source:,                               A few extra details onTales of Hearts R have emerged in this
                                                                   week’s issue of Famitsu magazine. Development work on the
                                                                   game is said to be at the 50% mark, and the combat will
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo                                         feature a new mechanic called “Chase Link” that’s similar to
                                                                   air combos in fighting games.
to become a PSP and PS Vita                                        Here’s a scan we found of the Tales of Hearts R feature in
game                                                               this week’s Famitsu (bigger here):
By Kirandra on November 4th, 2012

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, a TV anime series currently on
the air in Japan and adapted from the popular light novel of
the same name, is due to get a dating game for the PSP and
PS Vita.
Scheduled to be released on January 24 next year, the game
has the player taking on the role of Kanda Sorata, the
heroine, whose goal is to win both a game-making contest
and the affection of the heroine(s). The story will likely
follow that of the anime.

                                                                   The original Tales of Hearts for the Nintendo DS was
                                                                   rendered mostly in 2D dot-matrix graphics – event
                                                                   cutscenes, on the other hand, were done in a photo-realistic
                                                                   CG style.
                                                                   For the PlayStation Vista remake, Namco Bandai is
                                                                   switching to a different graphics engine that has everything
                                                                   done in a unified 3D rendering style.
                                                                   The original’s 2D dot-matrix graphics (as seen in King of
(In the screenshot above, she’s asking: “Sorata, do you want       Fighters XIII) lent a fighting-game-esque feel to the combat.
me?”)                                                              Namco Bandai Games may have switched to 3D now, but
The game comes in three versions – standard, limited and           Famitsu says that the developers have tried to preserve that
downloadable. The standard edition costs 6,804 yen for the         fighting game feel as much as possible.
PS Vita, and 6,279 yen for the PSP. Downloadable editions

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Like we mentioned earlier, there will be at least one new play
mechanic in the game’s combat system: Chase Link.
In battle when certain conditions are met, the character you
control will go into Chase Link mode, launch the enemy into
the air, and follow-up with an aerial rave assault – during
which the camera will close-up on the action.

Finally, although the graphics are in 3D, when characters
perform their super attacks, a 2D cut-in animation will occur
(pictured right in the above image). These are all newly
drawn for the remake.
Tales of Hearts R is scheduled to be released for the
PlayStation Vita Spring 2013.
Source: Famitsu

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
                                                                     According to the developers, in the video below you’ll see
  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku                 an “intense” Akita Neru perform in Secret Police, a “sexy”
  and Japanese Pop Culture                                           Yowane Haku strut her stuff in Eh? Aa, sou, and a “cute”
                                                                     Kasane Teto bop around in Melancholic. The three of them
                                                                     also come together for wowaka’s Unhappy Refrain after
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva                                           that.
f DLC (Akita Neru, Yowane                                            Finally, if you want to hear how Neru and Haku sound like
                                                                     (Teto doesn’t have a voice in Project Diva f), stay tuned to
Haku, Kasane Teto) released                                          the very end.
on PlayStation Store today
[trailer]                                                            Final Fantasy Tribute
                                                                     ~Thanks~ CD jacket features
today-trailer/                                                       characters from FF1 through
By KarbyP on November 6th, 2012
                                                                     13 done in 8-bit style
                                                                     By KarbyP on November 6th, 2012

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f‘s first DLC pack has been
released on the PlayStation Store today – not just in the
Japanese store, but also the one for Asia (we checked our
Hong Kong and Singapore accounts).
The pack, which adds the Akita Neru, Yowane Haku and                 Square Enix today revealed the CD jacket art to
Kasane Teto modules that are useable in a variety of modes,          the Final Fantasy Tribute ~Thanks~ 25th anniversary
costs 600 yen in the Japanese store, HK$68 in the Hong               commemorative album that’s scheduled to be released
Kong store, and S$10.90 for Singapore.                               December 5.

I do not personally hold PSN accounts for Philippines and            Illustrated by Kazuko Shibuya, who was responsible for the
the rest of the Asian PSN countries, so I can’t vouch for            dot graphics and general design for many of the characters,
any of those country-specific PlayStation Stores, but if the         monsters, and backdrops in Final Fantasy I through VI, the
game was sold in your home country, chances are the DLC is           CD jacket features 24 of the series’ most popular characters
available in your native PS Store too.                               from I to XIII (determined through a fan poll) in 8-bit
                                                                     dot-matrix graphics style, beginning with the cast of Final
                                                                     Fantasy I in the upper-left-hand corner, and finishing with
                                                                     Lightning (FFXIII) on the bottom-right-hand side.
                                                                     Cloud Strife, Sephiroth, Aeris, Squall, Laguna, Zidane,
                                                                     Tidus… they’re all here. This is the first time characters from
                                                                     FFVII and onwards were done in an 8-bit style, according to
                                                                     Here’s what the CD jacket artwork looks like:

Just in case you’re not quite sure whether you should plonk
the money down for this DLC pack, Sega has prepared a new
trailer in a bid to persuade you.

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                                                                Rurouni Kenshin movie to hit
                                                                Singapore theatres 29 Nov,
                                                                stay tuned for updates and a
                                                                special SGCafe giveaway!
                                                                By Rika on November 6th, 2012

A tribute album that celebrates 25 years of the beloved JRPG
franchise, Final Fantasy Tribute ~Thanks~ is a compilation
of 25 classic FF tracks re-arranged by an assortment of
artistes, all of whom are special guest musicians Square        The highly anticipated live-action Rurouni Kenshin film
Enix extended an invitation to for the occasion. The 25 re-     starring Takeru Satoh as the titular samurai, Kenshin
arranged tracks are spread across two CDs.                      Himura, hits Singapore shores at the end of this month!
Previously, all but one of the artistes were already revealed   In conjuction with Anime Festival Asia 2012, Amuse, Inc.
back when the tribute album was first announced.                has a special zone set up at their booth at this year’s
                                                                AFA specially for Kenshin fans. Besides having Kenshin’s
Today, Square Enix revealed the name of the final guest         costume and sakabatou sword prop used in the film will be
artiste who would be contributing to the album: Aoi Teshima     on display, fans will also be able to catch a sneak preview
& De De Mouse (手手手手DE DE MOUSE), who has been                   of the movie before seeing it in cinemas and take pictures
enlisted to do a dreamy arranged cover of Final Fantasy XI‘s    with a life-size Kenshin standee, all at Amuse, Inc.’s Rurouni
Melodies of Life, originally performed by Emiko Shiratori.      Kenshin zone.
The 2CD compilation V.A. Final Fantasy Tribute ~Thanks~         As a treat, SGCafe will be hosting a giveaway for a few lucky
will be released 5 December 2012 in Japan for a retail price    fans very soon! Keep your eyes glued to your newsfeeds for
of 3,000 yen.                                                   more exciting updates!
First press editions of the tribute album, when purchased at
either Tower Records or Village Vanguard stores in Japan,
will come with a bonus Rare SQ disc, which contains a           The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim:
further nine tracks. Details on what’s included in Rare SQ
will come at a later date.
                                                                Dragonborn DLC to hit Xbox
                                                                Live December 4
V.A.「FINAL FANTASY TRIBUTE 「Thanks「「Full                        dragonborn-dlc-to-hit-xbox-live-december-4/
list of participating artistes (in Japanese):                   By KarbyP on November 6th, 2012
手手手手手手手手手手手手手手手 / 手 Pia-no-jaC 手 / Drakskip /
Kenmochi Hidefumi / DAISHI DANCE / 手手手手手手手手手手 /
NOISIAVISION feat. REXER / Sword of the Far East /
millstones / So many tears / Serph / 手手手 / Calla Soiled /
AVTechNO! / ALLY BAND / SPANOVA / jizue / Schroeder-
Headz / 手手手手手手手手手 / JABBERLOOP / mudy on the 手手 /
Nabowa / Open Reel Ensemble / 25th Anniversary FAN-
Source: Natalie, Famitsu

                                                                Details for the Dragonborn DLC pack for PlayStation 3 and
                                                                PC Skyrim players have not yet been announced yet, but
                                                                if you’re on the Xbox 360, you’ll be able to purchase the

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new content December 4 for the price of 1,600 MS Points (S             By KarbyP on November 6th, 2012
The third downloadable add-on for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,
in Dragonborn players will travel to and visit the Dark Elves’
homeland of Morrowind – yes, the same Morrowind as
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind – in a quest to take down a
rival Dragonborn who’s been collecting dragon souls (after
slaying them) for a malicious plot.
This DLC pack will also introduce a number of new enemies
to fight, and new loot to hoard – including a draconic armour
                                                                       Muramasa: The Demon Blade was easily the most beautiful
                                                                       Wii game that I’ve ever played. Although I’ve finish the 2D
                                                                       action game in its entirety, the gameplay and graphics were
                                                                       so ravishing that I would absolutely buy it again on the
                                                                       PlayStation Vita (now that it’s being ported over).
                                                                       These first batch of screenshots that publisher Marvelous
                                                                       AQL have released should give you a sense of the game’s
                                                                       splendour (it’s called Oboro Muramasa in Japan, by the
                                                                       way; “Oboro” meaning “demon blade”).
                                                                       But to truly appreciate the game’s viscerality, you need to
                                                                       see it in motion. Only then will your heart be set aflutter by
                                                                       its fluid, picturesque 2D graphics. This game looked so pretty
                                                                       that I enjoyed running endlessly in one direction for several
Today’s announcment of Dragonborn’s pricing and                        minutes and looking at the backdrops cascade by.
availability for Xbox 360 players – and only them – strikes
many as a little strange. Under a deal that developer                  Thankfully you can get a taste of that by heading over to
Bethesda made with Microsoft, the first two pieces of Elder            Oboro Muramasa PS Vita’s official website, which let you
Scrolls V: Skyrim DLC must be made available to X360                   sample some of the game’s animated backgrounds via the
owners at least 30 days before they are available on other             arcane art of Macromedia Flash.
platforms… but it was supposed to be for the first two:
Dawnguard and Hearthfire.
Dragonborn is the third DLC pack, but given that Bethesda
did not announce a date for PC users today, could they be
counting Dragonborn as the second piece under their deal
with Microsoft, since the scale of Hearthfire – a 400-MS-
point that let players buy land, build a house and raise a
family – isn’t quite on the same level as Dawnguard and
If that’s the case, then PC Skyrim players can probably expect
to see the new content sometime in January 2013. As for PS3
users, well, Bethesda is still working on getting Dawnguard
and Hearthfire to you, so there’s no rush!
Source: Cinemablend

Oboro Muramasa’s (PS Vita)
1st batch of screenshots do
not do the game’s visuals

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                     Set in mythological Japan, and based loosely on the Genroku
                     era in history, Oboro Muramasa or Muramasa: The Demon
                     Blade tells the story of two playable characters – amnesiac
                     ninja Kisuke, and young princess Momohime (accidentally
                     possessed by the spirit of swordsman Izuna Jinkuro) – as
                     they each travel across Japan to accomplish their individual
                     Kisuke starts out from the western part of Japan (Kyo) and
                     heads for the eastern Edo area, while Momohime goes in the
                     opposite direction. The two playable characters only meet
                     once during a hot springs scene somewhere in the middle,
                     and do not know about each other’s quest. However, as
                     players eventually find out, their fates are actually related.
                     Throughout their journeys, players will get the chance to
                     collect up to 108 different demon blades, each possession
                     different attack and super moves.
                     At the moment, not too much has been unveiled about
                     the PlayStation Vita port of Oboro Muramasa, other than
                     that downloadable content will be released for it. Through
                     DLC, Marvelous and developer Vanillaware plans to add four
                     short-story episodes, each featuring a different protagonist,
                     that will be fully voiced and serve to expand the game’s
                     universe for fans.
                     It stings a little to learn that the new content would not be
                     included with the base package. But since this is developer
                     Vanillaware (who champions 2D, sprite-based design with
                     their games) that we’re talking about, I’d say they deserve
                     every last penny.
                     Oboro Muramasa for the PlayStation Vita is slated for a 28
                     March 2013 release in Japan.
                     Source: Oboro Muramasa

                     Get into the Electric Groove
                     at this year’s AFA I Love
                     Anisong string of concerts
                     By Rika on November 6th, 2012

                     Blow your mind with a rockin’ lineup of artistes at this year’s
                     Anisong World Stage!

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                                                                     By KarbyP on November 6th, 2012

For the first time ever in Singapore, catch the legendary T.M.       Sega today announced concrete details to a Sakura Wars
Revolution in a full-fledged solo concert as he dominates the        Paris Assault Force Live 2012 ~Revue mon Paris~ (手手手手
Electro Stage on November 9. Since his debut in 1995, T.M.           手 手手手手手手手2012 手手手手手手手手手手手手) musical that the game
Revolution has become well-known for his contributions               publisher plans to stage at Tokyo’s Aoyama Theatre in
to the Gundam series and Capcom beat-em-up Sengoku                   December.
BASARA among countless others, with the Rurouni Kenshin              Over the course of four days – from December 26 to 29 – a
ending song Heart of Sword ~yoake mae~ being the first of            total of six runs of the musical will be held: 6.30PM evening
his many works to be featured in anime and game series.              shows on the 26th, 27th, and 28th, and daytime shows on
Taking the Jump Stage on November 10, also for                       the 28th (1.30PM) and 29th (1PM).
their maiden performances in Singapore, are idol group               Unlike most live-action musicals, Sega’s Sakura Wars
BABYMETAL, trance and pop duo fripSide and m.o.v.e., a               theatricals actually feature the same voice actors and
name Initial D fans would surely recognise. Also returning           actresses from the original games and animation series.
to the stage is the energetic rock group FLOW and J-Pop
                                                                     The 2012 Sakura Wars musical puts the spotlight on the
artiste LiSA, who fans will know as the voice behind Girls
                                                                     cast from the Paris Assault Force, who were first introduced
Dead Monster from Angel Beats!.
                                                                     into the series with Sakura Wars 3. There will also be new
Sunday’s Diamond Stage will feature songstress May’n,                characters portrayed at this year’s musical.
already a familiar face to veteran AFA goers, our very
                                                                     This is not the first time Sega has held a live-action musical
own local idol group Sea手A, as well as singer/seiyuu
                                                                     show featuring the Paris Assault Force or Sakura Wars 3 cast.
group Sphere which consists of Haruka Tomatsu, Minako
                                                                     They’ve been doing this all the way since the early 2000s:
Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagaki and Aki Toyosaki. The multi-
talented Minami Kuribayashi, yet another artiste to perform          The last Paris-only musical was held in 2009 Sega held the
for the very first time here in Singapore and well-loved for         first Sakura Wars Paris Assault Force Live ~The Wings
her works as a singer, seiyuu and a songwriter will also join        of Freedom are Burning~ (手手手手手 手手手手手手手手手手手手手手手手
the lineup on November 11!                                           手手).
The artistes have special messages for all their fans in             The 2009 show was followed up in 2010 with a Sakura Wars
Singapore!                                                           live-action musical (手手手手手 手手手手手手手手手手手手2010手手手手手手
                                                                     手手手手手) that expanded the ensemble cast with those from
                                                                     Sakura Wars V’s New York Combat Revue.
Tickets to this phenomenal event are selling out fast; get
                                                                     Finally, in 2011 Sega staged the biggest Sakura Wars musical
yours here!
                                                                     of them all to celebrate the series’ 15th anniversary. The
                                                                     Sakura Wars Budokan Live 2 ~Imperial, Paris, and New
Sega to stage Sakura Wars                                            York~ (手手手手手 手手手手手手2 手手手手手手手手手手) musical featured
                                                                     the voice cast of just about every major character from the
Paris Assault Force Live 2012                                        series.
musical in December                                                  Of course, it’s not possible for the musical to simply get
Source:   bigger and bigger with every impending year, so this time
assault-force-live-2012-musical-in-december/                         around Sega is restarting the theatrical series again and
                                                                     doing an entire show based on the Paris cast – which was
                                                                     something fans said they wanted to see, as it’s been three
                                                                     years since they’ve had a Paris-only show.
                                                                     Tickets for Sakura Wars Paris Assault Force Live 2012
                                                                     ~Revue mon Paris~ are priced at 6,000, 8,000, and 9,000
                                                                     yen respectively for A, S, and SS category seats.
                                                                     Source:, 4Gamer

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Anime Festival Asia 2012
Main Stage features
By Rika on November 6th, 2012

With much to look forward to at Anime Festival Asia 2012,
we offer you a brief glimpse at what’s not to miss at the AFA
Main Stage this year!

                                                                “Eden of the East” director Kenji Kamiyama opens the stage
                                                                on Sunday at noon to give audiences an insight into his
                                                                creative experiences, and Lis Ani! editor-in-chief Fumiaki
                                                                Nishihara is set to introduce visitors to the magazine and
                                                                its workings. Catch Aimi, seiyuu of Suiko of Ultra Rare
                                                                from Cardfight!! Vanguard at the Bushiroad Stage, and
                                                                anisong artistes May’n, Minami Kuribayashi, Sea手A when
                                                                they make their special guest appearances before the night’s
                                                                concert at Max Pavilion Concert Hall. Joining them is four-
                                                                member seiyuu idol group Sphere for a Q&A and exclusive
Starting at 12:20pm, the stage events promise to give           live dubbing session, after which AFA welcomes back host
audiences a special treat for the duration of AFA! Catch        Danny Choo to the stage to share with us what he’s been
Amuse Inc.’s BABYMETAL, FLOW and Perfume showcase,              up since we last saw him at AFA 2011. The AFA Regional
as well as a sneak preview of the Rurouni Kenshin live-         Cosplay Championship competition will also be happening
action movie. King Records’ special presentation for            at AFA’s Main Stage, and you’ll get to see the best teams from
this season’s hit anime K featuring a discussion with K’s       Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia
producer Go Nakanishi. Day 1′s program also features            as they duke it out for the title! Not to miss after the
guest appearances by anisong artistes fripSide, m.o.v.e.        competition is a special screening of Fairy Tail: Priestess of
and LiSA, and HoriPro’s showcase featuring May’n, Sea手A         the Phoenix, a movie feature based on the hit series Fairy
and seiyuu Daisuke Kisho, known for his portrayal of            Tail by Hiro Mashima.
Vampire Knight’s Kaname Kuran and Final Fantasy XIII-2          To enjoy this thrilling line-up, visitors should purchase a
protagonist Noel Kreiss. The man behind Cowboy Bebop            Festival + Stage Access ticket for each of the days. They can
and Macross Plus, Shinichiro Watanabe, will be sharing his      be purchased at the AFA Shop at *SCAPE or at the event
insight with fans, and producers BONES’ Masahiko Minami         venue itself at $20 per day.
and Bandai Visual’s Motoki Mukaichi will also be taking the
stage to share their experiences making Eureka Seven AO
a reality. Many talented costumers will be showcasing their     The World Ends With You Live
works at the AFA Cosplay Singles Competition, and fans of
Naruto wouldn’t want to miss the special screening of the
                                                                Remix – everyone will play
ninth Naruto movie “Road to Ninja”, happening right after       as Neku Sakuraba at first
the competition.
                                                                (Famitsu interview)
                                                                By KarbyP on November 6th, 2012

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In The World Ends With You Live Remix, players tackle           putting together the blueprints for a new entry in the series
weekly Reapers’ Game missions in teams of 20 – but you’re       so quickly after the port.
not playing as yourself.                                        According to director Tatsuya Kando, Live Remix originally
Everyone in the team will still play as Neku Sakuraba, the      started life as an extra mode for the iOS version of the
protagonist from the original DS/iOS title, with options to     game (-Solo Remix-). The development team wanted to add
play as Joshua and Beat at some point in the future, a recent   some kind of new social element to the game that would
interview Famitsu did with the Live Remix’s producer Ichiro     give players even more reason to delve into the game’s deep
Hazama, director Tatsuya Kando, and co-director Hiroyuki        combat mechanics.
Ito (pictured left to right) revealed.                          However, at some point, the plans to implement such a mode
                                                                grew exponentially and became something far bigger than
                                                                they imagined, so they thought it would be a better idea to
                                                                make this into a separate game instead.
                                                                From there, they decided to bring in a concept that they
                                                                previously shelved while working on the original DS game –
                                                                the concept of “playing hide-and-seek and treasure-hunting
                                                                in the setting of Shibuya” – and then looked at how they
                                                                could structure everything as a free-to-play social game.
                                                                With regards to why Square Enix decided to work with GREE
                                                                on the title, Hazama explained that when they were speaking
                                                                to social network service partners, it just so happened that
The interview also addressed many other questions that fans     the representative from GREE was a big fan of the original
have been wondering about, such as the actual details of        TWEWY. And so the collaboration from there just went
gameplay, whether elements from the original game like          really smoothly.
eating food would come into play here, and just who the heck
the new character from the secret ending of The World Ends
With You -Solo Remix- might be.                                 Square Enix’s role in developing Live Remix
                                                                Although the actual development work and server/game
                                                                management for Live Remix will be handled by GREE,
                                                                Kando says that on Square Enix’s part, they’re providing
                                                                direction and supervision. And this will involve the Square
                                                                Enix team coming up with event ideas, and various other
                                                                forms of collaboration.

What’s The World Ends With You Live Remix?

Before we go on, first, a brief primer on Live Remix. This is
a social game that Square Enix is working on in conjunction
with Japanese social network service GREE, that’s slated        In particular, what Square Enix and GREE are trying to do
to be released for smartphones (not just iOS) in Japan this     with Live remix, according to co-director Hiroyuki Ito, is to
coming Winter.                                                  challenge the concept of social games, and come up with
                                                                a social game app that’s different from the basic structure
Set in a world parallel to the one in the 2007 Nintendo DS      (“theory”, they said) that just about everybody else has been
RPG The World Ends With You (手手手手手手手手手手, literally “It’s        adhering to. They want Live Remix to possess both the
a Wonderful World”), in Live Remix players compete against      qualities of what makes a social game fun, as while as those
a rival team to see who can find and defeat a boss monster      that make a retail game enjoyable.
called the “Noise Ringleader” (手手手手手) first.
                                                                Another objective that Square Enix wanted to achieve,
                                                                producer Hazama said, was to have “Live Remix as a point of
How did The World Ends With You Live Remix project              entry for gamers, and to get them interested to go on to play
begin?                                                          the DS version or the iOS -Solo Remix-”. That was apparently
                                                                the only order producer Hazama issued to directors Kando
Since Square Enix recently released (August 2012) The
                                                                and Ito. Hazama felt that it was safe to leave all other major
World Ends With You – Solo Remix-, a port of the DS game
                                                                decisions to the duo, who had previously been part of the
to the iOS with several major changes to gameplay, Famitsu
                                                                DS game’s core staff, and who fussed over all the tiny details
began the interview by asking the creators how they came to
                                                                right from the beginning to make sure this project doesn’t
                                                                go south.
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Finally, Hazama also talked about two points of designs that
they absolutely want Live Remix to adhere to: 1) that the
game’s free-to-play portion is fun for folks who do not want
to spend any money, and that 2) that players should never
not know what they should do next when they’re looking at
the game’s screen.
Kando agreed, commenting that as this game is all about
team battles, even though the “heavy users” will be the ones
leading the charge for their teams, that it’s important for
“light users” to be able to contribute to the team’s efforts.

The World Ends With You Live Remix’s game structure
Different from the original RPG where participants in the
Reaper’s Game go at it in pairs, this time around the concept
is to have a large team search the whole of Shibuya to solve
the weekly Reaper’s Game quizzes, Kando and Ito explained.

As players in the same team search through the different
areas of Shibuya and fight normal Noise enemies, they raise
the team’s overall score. Get it above your rival team’s, and
you’ll earn rewards.
While exploring the streets of Shibuya, occasionally a player
might discover a hint as to where the Noise Ringleader
might be hiding. “At 104, Search Level 5, the big bad might
be there”, for instance. Such hints will show up in the             Also, at the beginning of the game’s service, there will
team message board to allow individual players to find              not be any abilities that require the “rubbing” touchscreen
the ringleader more easily. The Noise Ringleader’s location         command (there was in the original DS game), as this is a
changes from day to day, however.                                   command motion that many smartphone users have said
The “Live” part of the title refers to the fact that in-game time   that they’ve found difficult to perform, as you don’t normally
will match that of the real world, Kando notes. At the end          do that in other smartphone apps.
of a week, the team of 20 is disbanded, and new teams are           Combat play, at the beginning, will be restricted to the
formed again.                                                       tapping and flicking commands, as these are motions that all
That said, if you and certain other members of the team             smartphone users are familiar with.
found that you work well together, you may choose to remain         However, at some point in the future, Ito says that they plan
in the same team.                                                   to roll out badge abilities that require rubbing or mashing
                                                                    (well, repeated tapping) to activate, once folks are more
                                                                    familiar with the basic controls.
Combat mechanics
                                                                    Before you go into combat, you’ll need to furnish your Skill
Battles in Live Remix will be pretty similar to their               Deck with up to four badges. This number is down from six
counterparts in Solo Remix, where you’ll attack enemies             in -Solo Remix-.
by interacting with the touchscreen. Neku’s movement,
however, will be automatically controlled.                          However, a game update in the near future will let you equip
                                                                    four additional support badges, for a total of eight. Ito says
This is being done to make the game more manageable for             that he hopes allowing players to level up up to eight badges
single-handed play – as it is, after all, a social game. Ito says   at once will motivate them to play the game more.
that care is being taken to ensure that you’ll be able to hold
the smartphone in your right (or left) hand, and play simply
be using your thumb to interface with the touchscreen.

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                                                                    Famitsu then moved on to asking if players would assume
                                                                    control as Neku Sakuraba, since in combat (as you can see in
                                                                    the screenshots) you appear to be playing as him.
                                                                    “Yes, you enter the Reapers’ Game as Neku. And so what
                                                                    ends up happening is that every player in the game is Neku
                                                                    Sakuraba, but that’s done for story reasons, and this will be
                                                                    explained in the story. In time we also plan to let you play as
                                                                    Beat and Joshua.”
                                                                    Other characters from the original game may also make
                                                                    their appearance at limited-time events. For instance, Uzuki
                                                                    Yashiro, Kouki Kariya, Sho Minamimoto and other Reapers
                                                                    that fans may be familiar with may appear to issue missions
                                                                    as Game Masters from time to time.
                                                                    As for new characters, a new Reaper by the name of Koko
                                                                    Atarashi (her last name literally means “new”) will serve as
                                                                    your guide to the game. Like all other Reapers, a member of
                                                                    the 12 Chinese Zodiac members is embedded in her name
                                                                    by means of word association. In her case, “Ko” apparently
                                                                    has something to do with “Nezumi”, the Japanese word for
                                                                    rodent or mouse.

To gain increasingly powerful badges, you can merge your
existing ones, go through Gacha, or defeat “Big Noises” who
may drop rare badges.
Finally, when asked if wearing different clothes or eating
foods will play a part in Live Remix just like they did in the
original game, Ito says that at the current stage they don’t
have any plans to implement these features whatsoever, but
that they’ll look into feasible ways to do so. At the moment
the gameplay is focused on badge abilities.

Live Remix’s universe and characters
Since this game is said to take place in a parallel world to that
of the original, Famitsu wanted to know if there will be any
links to the original game’s canon.
To that, Kando explained that these are completely different
worlds severed from one another, with no connections
between the two. However, the characters and other
elements universe are almost the same – only the canon
would be different.
“It’s something like the ‘Another Day’ scenario that you            Koko Atarashi, in case you were wondering, is not the
could play after finishing the main game in the original            mysterious new character that was shown in the secret
TWEWY,” Kando said.                                                 ending of the iOS’s -Solo Remix-. Kando confirmed this to
                                                                    Famitsu when he was asked about it.

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So who or what exactly is that new character in the iOS
version’s secret ending?
For that, Kando deferred Famitsu to something he had
said in a previous interview that focused on -Solo Remix-:
that the character in the secret ending is preparation for
“something else”.
“Our goal with -Solo Remix- and Live Remix is to get more
users to experience the world of TWEWY. If we’re able to do
that, then we move on to making the next thing [to expand
the game's universe],” Kando said.
Finally, in closing, Ito and Kando added that fans of TWEWY
can look forward to new BGMs being recorded for Live

                                                              Source: Famitsu

                                                              Ladies and gents, ready your
                                                              wallets and cameras for
                                                              AFA2012′s exhibition and
                                                              merchandise booths
                                                              By Rika on November 6th, 2012

                                                              Excited for the line-up of fabulous exhibitors at AFA2012
                                                              this year? We sure are!

                                                              Expect long lines at the Cospa booth where limited
                                                              quantities of exclusive Hatsune Miku and Accel World goods
                                                              will be on sale, and break your bank accounts at the Sword
                                                              Art Online concept booth and Madoka movie booth where
                                                              T-shirts, calendars and other special edition items will be
                                                              sold. Other booth exhibitors include Mighty Media Anime

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Merchandise, PROWARE and MY-CARTOON where fans
can find items from Shakugan no Shana, Guilty Crown,
Nurarihyon, Angel Beats!, Infinite Stratos and a whole lot
more. Mirai-chan goods can also be found aplenty at the
Culture-Japan booth, and those who missed out on Danny
Choo’s famous Moekana card collection can purchase their
own set at the official AFA shop.

Fans of the classic anime and manga series Rurouni Kenshin
will be treated to a special preview of the movie starring
Takeru Satoh as the titular Kenshin Himura at AMUSE’s
massive exhibit, where Kenshin’s costume as well as the
sakabatou prop used in the movie will be on display. Perfume
and BABYMETAL fans will also be delighted to visit the
respective groups’ experience zones. At the AMUSE official
shop, fans can purchase BABYMETAL and FLOW CDs
and a few lucky buyers will have the chance to get their
merch autographed by the bands. Gunpla enthusiasts will
find an impressive lineup of Bandai’s Mazinger Z Chogokin
showcase at the Bandai Experience Zone, and one lucky
winner at TCG giant Bushiroad’s booth will win the chance
to be featured on their very own personalised Cardlight!!
Vanguard card.
This year’s booth layout is as follows:

The full-sized version of this floorplan can be found here.
For more information on what’s in store for AFA visitors this
visit     the     event’s      official      page       over

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
                                                                    insane,” says Harrison. Kutaragi was upset that
  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku                SCEA was spending its limited budget on an
  and Japanese Pop Culture                                          alternative brand. “But the thing that really upset
                                                                    Ken was that the Polygon Man design wasn’t
                                                                    Gouraud shaded, it was flat shaded! So Polygon
Guess who’s the final boss in                                       Man was taken out into the car park and quietly
PlayStation All-Stars Battle                                        shot.”

Royale (PS3, PS Vita)?
By KarbyP on November 9th, 2012

                                                                  PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale comes out for the PS3
                                                                  November 20.
                                                                  Come try out the game at Funan DigitaLife Mall
In PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, developer Superbot        (atrium) this weekend, where Sony has set a “cross-play”
Entertainment’s upcoming frenzied fighter for the PS3 and         demonstration booth where the 4-player fighter is played
PS Vita, characters from some of the hottest first and third-     with two Dual Shock controllers and two PS Vita consoles.
party PS game franchises come together to slug it out, first      Until November 11.
against their individual rivals (from a different franchise),
and subsequently against a final boss who, interestingly
enough, is not actually from a video game.
                                                                  An orc, a goblin and a human
You’ll catch a glimpse of the mysterious final boss from          walk into a watchtower…
the all-stars fighter in this opening cinematic video,
which Superbot Entertainment’s Seth Killian has shared to
                                                                  By Neubronner Eugene on November 9th, 2012
commemorate the game’s gold mastering. It’s near the end,
right after all 20 of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’s
ensemble cast settle their personal rivalries (ten pairs of two
Can you guess who the enigma of a final boss is?
Give up?
If you plan to find out who the final boss is only once the
game is out on November 20, you should probably stop
reading now.
For the rest of you still reading, your PS All-Stars Battle
Royale final boss is Polygon Man, who originated as a
character from a Sony Computer Entertainment America
that never truly materialised.                                    We could think of worse jokes than that, but we’ll spare your
It was canned before the launch of the Sony PlayStation           ears. (What do you mean we’ll spare their ears? I’ll have
console in America when the father of the PlayStation, Ken        your ears if you give those bad jokes to them! - Ed) What we
Kutaragi, freaked out upon seeing his jagged polygonal mug.       won’t spare you from though is a decent B-grade title that’s
According to former Sony exec Phil Harrison in a 2009             likely to be overlooked in the sea of Christmas titles currently
article from Edge magazine:                                       swamping the gaming scene. Of Orcs and Men, from Cyanide
                                                                  Studios, takes a hard look at what happens when the good
   I remember walking onto the E3 booth in 1995
                                                                  guys win and the bad guys have been enslaved for a few
  with Ken and seeing the Polygon Man design on
                                                                  decades or so.
  the side of the booth. Ken just went absolutely

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We’ve got a review up here for you to consider if you’ve got
some spare cash to throw around right here, at SGCafe.

Nana Mizuki to perform
theme song, voice character
in Sega JRPG Shining Ark
By KarbyP on November 9th, 2012

Sega today reveiled details on the theme song to its
upcoming PSP JRPG Shining Ark.
The title of the song is Kiseki no Melodia / Melodia of
Miracles (奇奇奇奇奇奇奇奇), and it will be performed by none
other than veteran anisong artiste Nana Mizuki.                        Sega also confirmed today that Nana Mizuki will be part of
                                                                       Shining Ark’s voice cast.
Some screenshots from Shining Ark’s opening animated
sequence were also shared:                                             However, at this point the Tokyo-based games maker has
                                                                       declined on reveal which character in the game Ms Mizuki
                                                                       will voice. We’ll have to wait a little longer before Sega’s
                                                                       willing to tell.
                                                                       It could be a yet-to-be-announced character, or it could be
                                                                       one of the following:

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 Shining Ark will be released in Japan Winter 2012/2013.          Ryu Hayabusa’s HP level, and numerous other gameplay
UMD and downloadable versions of the game are priced at           tweaks.
6,279 and 5,600 yen respectively.                                 Plus, of course, standard Wii U GamePad functionality
                                                                  such as using its touchscreen as a command list viewer or
Let the launch trailer for                                        to quickly change weapons or Ninpo attacks. Koei Tecmo
                                                                  and Team Ninja also plans to release additional playable
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s                                           characters for the game as free DLC.
Edge show you what                                                All of that (or maybe just Ayane) makes me want this game.
                                                                  Really badly.
a big difference limb                                             I just don’t know if I want it bad enough to purchase a Wii
dismemberment makes                                               U for it.
                                                                  Would you?
By KarbyP on November 9th, 2012

When Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge comes out alongside
Nintendo’s new Wii U console at launch, it will add a
bloodied bucket-load’s worth of new features.
Chief amongst them? Limb dismemberment. Or maybe
Ayane as a new playable character. To be honest, I can’t
decide which is more appealing.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not a big fan of gore in my
video games, by any measure. To me, digital blood is just
another fancy-schmancy graphical effect splashed onto the
screen like the dozen other ones rendered simultaneously in
the game (well, unless it’s done artistically).
For instance, I like the latest Mortal Kombat for its
excellent story mode and interesting (though buggy)
psuedo-2D fighting game combat. But I actually think some
of the violent or gory moves are actually pretty stupid or
downright disgusting.
Yet, somehow when I saw Ayane slice off some random
mercenary’s arm like knife on butter in the launch trailer
for the game, something stirred in my heart. I’m thinking
it’s the intense contrast between the speed at which Ayane’s
blade swung and that of the poor man’s dismembered limb
falling off in slow motion. That was quite remarkable to see.
(Or maybe it’s Ayane that I’m actually mesmerised with…
just look at that… speed!)
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s the launch
trailer for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, in English and
Japanese respectively:
Other than limb dismemberment and Ayane as a playable
character, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge also introduces
new weapons (a total of six are useable now: Sword,
Claws, Scythe, Dual Katana, Staff and Kusari-Gama), an
improved enemy AI system, hidden Test of Valor battle
arenas that let players fight classic Ninja Gaiden bosses, a
new character progression system that lets you upgrade even
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                                                                      As you raise Miku’s stats through lessons selected from a
                                                                      training menu, you’ll eventually be able to enter her in song,
                                                                      style, and talk contests. Do weel in these contests, and you’ll
                                                                      not only earn moola in the form of LSP’s currency but also
                                                                      unlock furniture and interior decoration options for your live
                                                                      You’ll also be able to hold Hatsune Miku performances in
                                                                      your live house to earn even more money. But before you do
                                                                      that, you should try to “produce” the look of your live house
                                                                      first, as it has an effect on the number of customers you bring
                                                                      in and how satisified Miku’s performance leaves them.

Source: Famitsu

Hatsune Miku: Live Stage
Producer “open beta service”
goes live on Android
By KarbyP on November 9th, 2012

                                                                      Open beta service…?
After two Hatsune Miku game apps that were exclusive to the           Downloading and installing the beta service version of
iOS platform, Sega is finally throwing a bone to Miku fans on         Hatsune Miku: Live Stage Producer on your Android device
Android devices. Hatsune Miku: Live Stage Producer today              is free. Available from the Google Play store.
went into open beta service, and it’s only for Android users
                                                                      However, not all Android devices will be able to run it – it’ll
for now.
                                                                      depend on your smartphone or tablet’s specs.
The free-to-play mobile game app (with paid downloadable
                                                                      On top of that, as the game is currently in beta service, it may
content) is also slated for release in the near future for iOS
                                                                      be prone to bugs or performance issues. In fact the purpose
devices, but there’s been no information on when this might
                                                                      of this open beta is to allow Sega to tweak game balanced
be, so far.
                                                                      based on users’ experience and feedback, as well as to check
Unlike the Project Diva and Miku flick series, in Live                for animation and framerate issues.
Stage Producer (or LSP)is not a rhythm-action game by
                                                                      Within the app, there is also a “submit feedback” feature that
any means. Rather, the genre here is simulation: you
                                                                      you can use to tell the developers any issues with the game
manage a live house in which Hatsune Miku is your joint’s
                                                                      that you might have faced.
entertainment, and your job is to groom Hatsune Miku into
the finest virtual singer the world has ever seen, and profit.
The game measures Hatsune Miku’s performing talents by
six statistics: song, cuteness, “variety” (I’m not quite sure
what this is, but I believe it’s something like a sense of
humour), style, talk, and dance.

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Hatsune Miku: Live Stage Producer is not the first idol-
producing simulation game to have featured a beta test
for one platform, and subsequently launched on another
Namco Bandai’s Idolm@ster 2 game did something similar:
the “beta” version of the game was launched on the Xbox 360
first. Subsequently, a “full” version of the game came out for
the PS3, With some new content that X360 users never got.
The difference between Hatsune Miku: Live Stage Producer
and Idolm@ster 2? The former is free-to-play, while both the
X360 and PS3 versions of the latter were sold as full price
retail titles. /sarcasm
Source: Famitsu

“Cosmic Red” and “Sapphire                                           If you’re not already using headphones while playing
                                                                     Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f or DJ Max Technika Tune,
Blue” PS Vita models, in-ear                                         you might want to consider picking a pair up, regardless of
headsets comes to Singapore                                          the colour of your Vita unit. Headphones would certainly
                                                                     make it easier to detect footsteps in Call of Duty: Black Ops
November 22                                                          Declassified (watch out for our hands-on for the upcoming
Source:   PS Vita FPS soon).
                                                                     The new headsets colour will begin retailing on the same
By KarbyP on November 9th, 2012
                                                                     date: November 22.

                                                                     PS3™ Wireless Stereo Headset
                                                                     with 7.1 virtual surround sound

“Cosmic Red” and “Sapphire Blue” coloured models of
Sony’s PlayStation Vita portable gaming console will
hit Singapore stores November 22, Sony Computer
Entertainment Hong Kong announced today.
First announced for Japan at the Tokyo Game Show earlier
this year, these new models will retail here in Singapore
at the same price as their Crystal Black and Crystal White
counterparts: S$469 for the 3G/Wi-Fi model, and S$399 for
the Wi-Fi only unit.
Apart from the Vita console unit itself, games can also pick
up an official PS Vita in-ear headsets – priced at S$19.90 –
in Cosmic Red and Sapphire Blue to match the portable.
                                                                     In other related PlayStation accessories news, Sony will also
                                                                     be releasing an official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset (with 7.1

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virtual surround sound) in Singapore on November 13, to be             subsequently fell into infamy due to a sex scandal? She’s
sold at a suggested retail price of S$179.90. The PS3 Wireless         recovered from that blip and is actually doing pretty alright
Stereo Headset will work with the PS3, your PS Vita, and               for herself now.
other mobile devices.                                                  Her latest voice role is a new character that will be
Although Sony’s simply calling it the “official PS3 Wireless           introduced in the console-exclusive Arrange Mode of Cave’s
Stereo Headset” here for the Singapore market, this headset            2D plane shooter, Dodonpachi Saidaioujou, slated to be
is actually the new and improved, second-generation “Pulse             released Spring 2013 for the Xbox 360. Not only that, but the
Wireless Stereo Headset – Elite Edition” that the PlayStation          seiyuu-on-a-comeback will also be performing the opening
Blog detailed right around the E3 period.                              theme for the console version.
  Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset – Elite Edition,                       As part of today’s announcement from Dodonpachi
  featuring “BassImpact” technology                                    developer Cave, an illustration of Saya - the new character
                                                                       that Hirano Aya will be voicing as – was shared. Here’s what
  BassImpact technology translates bass sounds into
                                                                       she looks like, in three different costumes.
  ‘pulses’ around the earpads of the headset. Pulse –
  Elite Edition combines 7.1 virtual surround sound
  with BassImpact to deliver an unprecedented level
  of immersion, while sharpening your perception on
  the battlefield or anywhere else you play. This is
  truly the ultimate audio advantage. Additionally,
  Pulse – Elite Edition incorporates all the great
  features of the Wireless Stereo Headset and these
  new features:

      • Higher fidelity speaker drivers for dynamic
      • Preset Modes to optimize your audio
        experience for select gaming genres, movies,
        and music
                                                                       Each costume has a different weapon setting: the one on the
      • Hidden noise-cancelling microphones deliver                    left (combat suit) has a stronger normal shot, the one in the
        crystal clear voice chat and allow for a more                  middle (personal clothes) has a stronger laser attack, and
        streamlined design                                             the last one (swimsuit) is an “Expert” setting which gives
      • Compatible with your PS3, PS Vita, favorite                    you stronger shot and laser weapons, but also increases the
        mobile device or MP3 player (connects via                      enemies’ offensive capabilities.
        built-in 3.5mm audio jack and included
        auxiliary cable)

Hirano Aya to voice new
character, perform opening
theme to Dodonpachi
Saidaioujou for the Xbox 360
By KarbyP on November 9th, 2012

                                                                       Saya, or Element Doll Extra Z-002: Saya, is related to
                                                                       Hipachi the extra boss in the arcade version of Dodonpachi
                                                                       Saidaioujou (which has been released in Japanese arcades
                                                                       – or “game centers”, as they call them over there – since
                                                                       April of this year). Both Element Dolls were produced at the
                                                                       same time at the Element Doll Electronics factory, as part
Remember Hirano Aya? You know, the voice actress who                   of the same assembly line. Except, during a live firing test,
rose to fame with her portrayal of Haruhi Suzumiya, and

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something went wrong and now Saya faces Hipachi in aerial                   DS version – as well as tweaks to the game’s combat system.
combat.                                                                     Tales of Hearts R is also said to be fully voiced.
So you’ll essentially be playing as the robo-sister of                      Tales of Hearts R is scheduled to be released for the
Dodonpachi Saidaioujou’s extra big bad in the Arrange Mode                  PlayStation Vita Spring 2013.
of the game – how bad-a** is that?                                          Source: Tales of Hearts R – First PV 奇奇奇奇奇奇奇奇奇奇R PV奇奇

Tales of Hearts R’s 1st PV                                                  Hatsune Miku: Project Diva
puts fans at ease: yes, there                                               Arcade – Songs for November
will be anime                                                               [video]
By KarbyP on November 9th, 2012
                                                                            By KarbyP on November 9th, 2012

The last time we visited Tales of Hearts R, Namco Bandai                    This month, three songs from Hatsune Miku: Project Diva
Games’ upcoming PlayStation Vita remake of Nintendo DS                      Extend are making their way to Diva Arcade. There’s a little
JRPG Tales of Hearts, we told you that it’s going to utilise                bit of wowaka, a little bit of Jimmy Thumb P, and even some
an all new 3D graphics engine that replaces the original’s 2D               Toku to boot. What’s not to like?
dot-matrix sprites.
                                                                            All three songs will hit Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade
The new 3D visuals are lovely. It’s 3D, but it still looks like             on November 13, a Tuesday.
2D, if you know what I mean. There’s actually a semblance
of the original 2D character designs in the 3D polygonal                    Here’s a trailer Sega put up today featuring the three
graphics. Unlike the bizarre photorealistic 3D approach that                November tracks, as well as a brief description of each song’s
Namco Bandai took when they made the cutscenes for the                      claim to fame.
DS’s Tales of Hearts.
So yes, the 3D visuals are great. So great that we wondered
if Namco Bandai might possibly stick with rendering every                   Rolling Girl / ロロロロロロロ
single scene in the game with real-time 3D graphics.
As it turns out, the answer is a reassuring ”no – it’s not 3D
Today the Tales Channel Plus portal uploaded the first PV
trailer for Tales of Hearts R, and in it you clearly see that,
like many other Tales of JRPGs, this remake would feature
2D animated cutscenes in addition to the 3D visuals.
Yes, there will be anime.
In the world of Tales of Hearts R, a war is being waged
                                                                            Music, lyrics and jacket picture designed by wowaka
between humans and Zerom – monsters that hunt for and
eat human hearts. In an attempt to banish these monsters,                   Wowaka’s second release after Ura-Omote Lovers, and the
humans forged spirit weapons that they call Somas.                          song that took him almost to the top of the Vocaloid charts,
                                                                            Rolling Girl finally makes her appearance in the arcade
And that’s where our hero Shing Meteoryte (CV: Tetsuya
Kakihara), 17 years old, comes in. Having inherited the
ability to use a Soma from his mother’s side of the family
tree, Shing joins Kohak Hearts (CV: Marina Inoue) and
a group of other party members on a quest to slay these
atrocious monsters and avenge his slain grandfather.
Other than a visual makeover, Tales of Hearts R also adds
a new playable character to the list of party members you
can control - Calcedny Arcome, a commanding officer in the
Crystal Knights who was just a non-playable character in the

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This song earned a reputation for having a PV that projected      Try playing from Y to Y and then Starduster on a single credit
an incredibly speedy flow to its proceedings – and now it’s       an, who knows, you might just find your self exploring the
here presented in high-end quality! The developers were           arbitrary concepts of love and the cosmos simply by doing
pretty fussy, in particular, with the lighting in this PV. They   so! It feels great to play those songs while whispering “Love
also tuned the note patterns quite a bit to evoke a thrilling     is…” (奇奇奇) deep down in your heart!
sense of speed.                                                   The matching module for Starduster is White Eve, designed
The matching module for this song is Kaiten Shoujo, which         by Sayukichi who also did the jacket illustration.
we detailed in Monday’s post.

                                                                  SPiCa -39′s Giving Day Edition-

                                                                  Music by Toku (奇奇)
                                                                  Lyrics by kentax vs Toku (奇奇)

                                                                  Illustration by refeia
                                                                  The song that appeared in the 9 March 2010 Miku no Hi
                                                                  Kanshiesai concert as the last song in the setlist (prior to
                                                                  the encore), finally makes it to the arcade version! The
                                                                  developers have tried to replicate the concert experience
                                                                  here through something they call “live motion”. Another
                                                                  thing to look forward to in the PV for this song is when the
                                                                  SPiCa cannon fires a blast.


Music & Lyrics by Jimmy Thumb P (奇奇奇奇奇P)
Illustration by Toyukichi (奇奇奇)                                   The recommended module for this song is Orbit, which was
                                                                  also designed by the same guy who did the cover illustration,
Although Starduster first came into vogue as the ending           refeia.
theme to one of the MikuPa concerts, when it was time to
make the PV to this song for Project Diva, the team did it as
a pseudo-sequel to from Y to Y.

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                                                                     There are fast food restaurants nearby Hall 3-6. However,
                                                                     the new mall, Changi City Point has recently opened. They
                                                                     have a foodcourt and other food stalls there which are quite
                                                                     affordable and has more variety than if you just stuck to the
                                                                     food at Expo.
                                                                     The only ATM nearest to the Expo Halls would be the one
                                                                     just near the Expo MRT. So make sure you have your cash
                                                                     first before you head to the event since it’s quite a walk to get
                                                                     to the machines. The other nearest ATMs would be at Changi
                                                                     City Point.

                                                                     AT THE EVENT
                                                                     These are some tips for those who haven’t been to a
                                                                     convention in Singapore before. Some are simple enough to
                                                                     remember and some are things that you should take note of.

                                                                        • Photographers or anyone wanting a picture, always ask
                                                                          the person you wish to take a picture of before doing
                                                                          so. No means no. The cosplayer might not be ready or
                                                                          comfortable, so please respect their wishes.

Beginner’s Guide to AFA 2012                                            • Don’t glomp people or touch props or costumes
Source:            without permission. People don’t like it when strangers
By SarahColdheart on November 9th, 2012                                   just do that randomly without asking.

                                                                        • For cosplayers, don’t mess up the area while preparing
                                                                          your cosplay such as dyes or any other messy materials.
                                                                          Always clean up before you leave.

                                                                        • Remember your budget. Plan what you want to buy
                                                                          before buying it. Sometimes, if you can wait till near
                                                                          the end of the last day, there might be more discounted
                                                                          sales but if the item or artwork you want is popular, it
                                                                          might be gone before you want to buy it.
Hello everyone! For the first time in AFA‘s history, the event
will be at Singapore Expo Hall 7 and 8. This will be a guide
for all of you visiting Singapore or if this is your first time to
the event! The event guide is up on AFA’s website so do read            • If buying stuff from the artist booths, try to give exact
it to know the timing for any of the concerts, presentations              or small change because they are not big businesses.
and competitions. Here are some tips for those going this                 They’re independent artists or crafters, etc. You will be
weekend.                                                                  hated if you give big money on purpose. NETs or credit
                                                                          cards will only be available to be used at bigger shops
BEFORE THE EVENT                                                          at the event.
Getting there
If you’re going by the MRT, note that from the east, it is the
green line. You’ll have to change at Tanah Merah to the train           • Don’t block the walkways! If you want to take a picture
going towards the airport. Stop at Expo station. Once you’re              of a cosplayer, try to make it quick or move to the side.
from the station, go to the RIGHT from the exit. When lost,               Or, there are usually areas to take pictures at, especially
the map is there but Hall 7 and 8 is to the right of the station,         at AFA.
separate from the other halls.
For cosplayers, Hall 7 and 8 have limited toilets and they’re           • Do check out the schedule for the events happening on
not spacious. If you need to change it is advisable that you do           stage (if you have a stage ticket access). Either to make
it at the toilets in the other halls like 1-6. They have second           sure you get there on time OR most of the maid/butler
level toilets too. Just cross over once you’re ready!                     cafe and other booths will be less crowded to visit when
                                                                          something big is happening at the stage area.

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   • There are rules for maid/butler cafe at AFA. Please
     follow them and no photography is allowed in there.
     You can however buy a photo in the cafe itself.

   • If you see anyone in distress or spot a creeper/pervert/
     etc harrassing someone, either help the person in
     distress by calling on the AFA staff or security. It should
     be a safe environment for everyone to have fun at!

That’s it. You should have fun at the various stalls, booths
and events at AFA! Make friends, take pictures. Join the mini
contests at other booths or try out their demos and games.
See you all at AFA 2012!


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