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									October 9th, 2012                                                                                                  Published by: VR-Zone

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Pose for pictures with
Robotics;Notes’ main heroine
in this official AR app
By KarbyP on October 9th, 2012

An official Robotics;Notes iOS app has been released on the
iTunes app store, just in time for the anime series’ debut on
Fuji TV’s “Noitamina” late-night anime timeslot this Friday
in Japan (at 1:15AM, or 25:15 hours on Thursday night)
The app’s key feature is an AR camera that lets users
take pictures with the heroine in Robotics;Notes, Akiho
Senomiya. You can do this through two methods, depending
on if the AR camera is set to “Portrait Mode” or
“Marker Mode”.
Portrait Mode works like most other AR apps out there:
Akiho will appear on-screen, plastered upon a video feed                  Outside of the AR features, the Robotics;Notes app will also
of your actual surroundings as picked up by your iPhone’s                 have a page for news and announcements published on
camera, and you can adjust Akiho’s pose or expression                     the series’ official website, a “shop” menu where you can
before taking the shot. More poses and expressions can be                 download wallpapers and addition AR camera poses and
added via a “shop” menu from November onwards.                            expressions (paid content), and a “tips” page that will be
                                                                          refreshed every week, prior to the airing of a new episode,
Marker Mode, on the other hand, is more like a QR code                    containing explanations for new lingo or terms that will be
scanner. That is, when the iPhone camera picks up a certain               used in the upcoming episode.
image – such as a particular poster illustration found at
shop fronts or on the Robotics;Notes official website - a 3D              In other words, this nifty feature will serve to replicate
character will appear on the touchscreen.                                 the visual novel experience for anime viewers somewhat.
                                                                          In visual novels, “tips” are often trivial explanations about
Said 3D character’s position is tied to the AR marker (the                specific items that writers add in to give players a better
shop poster or an online image), so you’ll be able to look                understanding of the fictional universe (but are otherwise
at the character model from different angles and sides by                 not required to understand the plot).
physically moving your iPhone around.
                                                                          Future updates planned for the app include a group-chat
                                                                          functionality, more AR features related to Robotics;Notes
                                                                          merchandise (we’re not too sure what this refers to; could

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just be more AR markers for users to scan), and the ability              it’s a double-A-side release, this also means that both tracks
to access “special contents”.                                            will be featured in the forthcoming 2013 album, which will
                                                                         be Luna Sea’s eighth full release and the first in 13 years, after
“TV animation 「ROBOTICS;NOTES「 official application” is
                                                                         2000′s Lunacy.
free to download, and available now on the Japanese iTunes
app store. Supports iPhone and iPad models running iOS                   Today’s announcements augment the second coming of the
4.3 and up. iPod Touch compatibility will be added at a later            Kanagawa-based act, and a return to their roots; Luna Sea
date.                                                                    was originally formed in 1986 and disbanded once back in
                                                                         2000. For the entire period, the band belonged under the
                                                                         Univeral Music recording label.
                                                                         Following disbandment in 2000, several Luna Sea members
                                                                         went on to furthering their solo music careers.
                                                                         In 2010, the members got back together and held a press
                                                                         conference in Hong Kong to announce that the band would
                                                                         be doing a reunion concert tour. At that point the band,
                                                                         collectively, was signed on to Avex Group-owned record
                                                                         label HPQ (individually, several members of the band were
                                                                         signed on to various other labels for their solo work).
                                                                         This year, Luna Sea is scheduled to go on a “Zepp concert
                                                                         tour” all across Japan in November. At this tour the band
                                                                         also plans to unveil both of the tracks from their December
                                                                         single release to their fans live for the first time.
                                                                         Thereafter, the band will hold a six-day concert at Tokyo’s
                                                                         Budoukan in January 2013, and after that an overseas
                                                                         concert tour is lined up next but details are sparse on that at
                                                                         the moment.
                                                                         Moving forth, Universal Music also plans to release Luna
                                                                         Sea’s music internationally in 63 countries through iTunes,
                                                                         including the new single in December and the full album
                                                                         next year.
                                                                         Source: Oricon Style

Source: 4Gamer                                                           Tiger & Bunny : The
                                                                         Beginning Movie Premiere
Luna Sea returns to                                                      Source:

Universal Music label; new                                               By sakurazaki on October 9th, 2012

                                                                         The weekend has just passed and the first batch of Tiger
single release planned for                                               & Bunny fans have experienced the premiere of the Movie!
December, 8th full album in                                              Ticket sales started only a few days before the movie and
                                                                         were sold out almost immediately. The premiere of Tiger &
2013                                                                     Bunny: The Beginning, held at Vivo City’s Golden Village,
Source:   did not disappoint its fans.
By KarbyP on October 9th, 2012

 J-rock band Luna Sea announced today that they have
returned to the Universal Music recording label, and will
be releasing a new single this December, whilst working                  Completely Sold Out!
gradually towards a full album release scheduled for 2013.
The single release in December will be a double-A-side,
meaning the band considers both of the new songs included
in the release to be good enough to stand on its own. Since

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                                                              Cosplayers Spotted!

Fans gathering early to catch the premiere!

                                                              Even Cosplayers did not miss the opportunity to express
                                                              their love for the movie
                                                              by dressing up as the main characters

Excited movie goers equipped with their own poster holder’s
for their exclusive movie posters
& Kotetsu / Barnaby Tshirts!

                                                              Cosplayer Selicia displaying her exclusive movie poster

Donning the “Let’s Believe Heroes” T-shirt from Uniqlo

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                                                                   awesome cosplayers? Wait no further, apply a position with
                                                                   us as a writer or a journalist!
                                                                   Here are some of our requirements.
                                                                   Tasks/Description:1. Fluent in written English
                                                                   2. Work a minimum of 4 days per week, including weekends

                                                                   3. Work a minimum of 6 hours per work day

                                                                   4. Have in-depth knowledge of any of the following:

                                                                   - anime, manga, cosplay, console/arcade games, J-pop
                                                                   music, Japanese movies, Idols, voice actors

                                                                   5. Having in-depth knowledge of 2 or more of the above
                                                                   categories is a plus

                                                                   6. Ability to read and understand conversational Japanese is
                                                                   a plus

                                                                   7. Event coverage and report skills are a plus

                                                                   8. Able to work independently
                                                                   Interested? Fill up this form! Take note, only shortlisted
                                                                   applicants will be notified.

                                                                   STGCC Interview: Touya
For Tiger & Bunny Fans who missed the opportunity to               Hibiki and Kousaka Yun
catch the movie on 7th Oct, Golden Village is extending its        Source:
screenings to 5 different slots at two GV Theatres, Grand          kousaka-yun/
Europa and GV Vivo City.                                           By Mello on October 9th, 2012

Do not miss the coming slots this week on the following dates      This STGCC, our interviewer was given the chance to chat
and times:                                                         with the event’s special cosplay guests Touya Hibiki and
                                                                   Kohsaka Yun. Hibiki, famous for her cool portrayals of
11 Oct (Thursday) – 7.15pm                                         many popular male characters such as Lelouch Lamperouge
12 Oct (Friday) – 7.15pm                                           of Code Geass and Uta no Prince-sama’s Tokiya Ichinose,
                                                                   frequently partners with fellow Japanese cosplayer Yun, who
13 Oct (Saturday) – 7:30pm                                         is well-known for her cosplays of sweet, cute characters such
                                                                   as Kaname Madoka of Puella Magi Madoka Magica fame and
14 Oct (Sunday) – 1:00pm, 5.15pm                                   Araragi Tsukihi from Nisemonogatari.
Visit the Golden Village Website to book your tickets now!         Which is your favourite character you have cosplayed so
What are you waiting for?                                          far?Yun: Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura
Link         :           Touya: Prince of Tennis
                                                                   Do you sew all of your own costumes?
                                                                   Yun: Some are sewn while some are bought.
                                                                   How do you feel about cosplaying overseas?
[Recruitment drive]                                                Touya: People we meet overseas are more enthusiastic and
writers and journalists for                                        Being given the opportunity to travel overseas as cosplay wanted!                                                 guests, how has the experience been like for you?
Source:   Touya: We are very thankful to be chosen to cosplay
journalists-for-sgcafe-com-wanted/                                 overseas. Cosplaying is also more accepted outside Japan.
By sentinel011 on October 9th, 2012

So you brag about knowing everything when it comes to              Yun: I am not too sure why I am chosen, but I am very happy
otaku culture, including video games and cosplay. Well,            and thankful too.
here’s your chance to be part of the media industry by writing     Is this your first time in Singapore? What is your impression
for SGCafe!                                                        on Singapore’s cosplay scene? Is it different from Japan’s?
Are you updated with the latest in anime, manga, video             Touya: Yes, it is our first time here. Actually, we have not
games, cosplay, or anything related to Japanese pop culture?       heard much about Singapore’s cosplay scene and have not
Do you wish to interview the hottest Japanese artistes and         been here before, so we are looking forward to the event

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                                                                      By Neubronner Eugene on October 9th, 2012
Yun: I have interacted with my Singapore fans online so I am
excited to meet them in person.

                                                                      The crew at SGCafe recently got to sit down with the devs
                                                                      from IO Interactive, creators of hot and upcoming title
                                                                      Hitman: Absolution at a press event with some hands-on
                                                                      time. The verdict so far? The game looks great, despite some
                                                                      niggling issues, and we’ve got the preview to prove it.
                                                                      Read the rest of our preview here.

                                                                      Plamodeller mods a Fate/Zero
                                                                      Berserker out of HG AGE
What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment              By sentinel011 on October 9th, 2012
in cosplay so far?
Touya: When I do a photoshoot even though it’s all different,         Kit builders have been around for ages, but anime-themed
I feel satisfied with it.                                             modifications of existing kits are few. Kit builder ‘okajo‘
                                                                      created his own version of Berserker from Fate/Zero.
Yun: I feel satisfied when I get a nice photo.
What is your most challenging costume and which is your
Touya: Cosplaying female characters.

Yun: Cosplaying male or boyish characters (laughs)
How do you choose a character to cosplay?
Touya: We choose characters from series that we like.
(To Touya) As a cosplayer who cosplays male characters,
do you look at fellow female cosplayers’ portrayal of male
characters or male cosplayers when looking for cosplay
Touya: I don’t look at other cosplayers for reference, only the
drawings of the character.
 (To Touya) Through your experiences, what are the
challenges for a female taking on a male character cosplay?
Touya: Actually, I find it easier for me to cosplay a male
character, but it’s difficult when I try to cosplay a female

Hitman: Absolution’s
Contracts and AI will blow
you away

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                    ^ Design Comparison ^

                    Modification areas

                     Heavy modifications were made to the kit, with the HG
                    Gafran only used as the base. Other parts that were present
                    in the mod include HG GN-X’s legs, HG Thrones Zwei’s
                    buster sword, and of course many pla-card and epoxy
                    putty used. While the end result’s colour is different from
                    Berserker’s actual colour scheme, the design does have the
                    same menacing feel of Berserker.
                    What sort of modification ideas do you have, or would like
                    to see?
                    Source: modelers-g | gundammodelkits

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                                                                        Malay for me? Just for kicks) – has already gone live. Here,
New dates for J-Live ASIA’s                                             take a gander below.
Perfume World Tour ticket                                               Future episodes will be uploaded to Machinima Prime every
sales announced                                                         Friday. If you like the series enough, make sure to pre-
                                                                        order a limited edition copy of Halo 4, which comes with
                                                                        an extended 90-minute-long version of the Forward Unto
                                                                        Dawn along with making-of featurettes.
By Rika on October 9th, 2012
                                                                        Although this isn’t quite the live-action Halo movie that
                                                                        Peter Jackson was supposed to have produced, Forward
                                                                        Unto Dawn is still a worthwhile endeavour from Halo
                                                                        4 developer 343 Industries. One that certainly inspires
                                                                        confidence in the troops – those brave men (and women)
                                                                        who shall rally (online) for a common cause (to frag the hell
                                                                        out of the Forerunners) come November 6, when the game
                                                                        finally drops.

Fans left disappointed by the cancellation of J-Live ASIA’s
Perfume ticket sales last month will be glad to know the new
dates have been confirmed!
J-Live ASIA has recently updated their Facebook page with
new information pertaining to both physical ticket sales and
online balloting.
Start time: 10am, 14th OCTOBER 2012 (SUNDAY).

Available from the AFA SHOP at *SCAPE Singapore
Application period: 12pm, 15th OCTOBER 2012 (MONDAY)
– 21st OCTOBER 2012 (SUNDAY)
The special balloting link will be available online from the
official JLIVE Website! Don’t miss out!

“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
live-action series offers a
glimpse of UNSC military life
By KarbyP on October 9th, 2012

                                                                        In case you’re interested to find out who the folks behind
                                                                        Forward Unto Dawn are:
                                                                         “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” tells an exciting
                                                                         story of heroism and sacrifice on a scale never
                                                                         before seen in the “Halo” universe, taking fans back
Can you say, “Hail to the (Master) Chief?”                               to the beginning of the human and Covenant war,
                                                                         and leading into the events of “Halo 4.” Set against
As part of the promotional materials for Xbox 360 sci-fi                 the backdrop of a United Nations Space Command
shooter Halo 4, Microsoft and 343 Industries have made an                (UNSC) military academy, “Halo 4: Forward Unto
episodic, live-action digital series and are putting all of it up        Dawn” follows a group of cadets who are training
on the InterWebs, right on the Machinima Prime YouTube                   to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s
page.                                                                    ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer
The first episode of the digital series – entitled “Halo 4:              colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky
Forward Unto Dawn” (can someone translate that into                      struggles with his doubts about the war, and with
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  the burden of expectations he may not be able to                 By KarbyP on October 9th, 2012
  carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential
  as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance
  known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world
  upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must
  decide what it means to be a hero. “Halo” fans who
  experience Lasky’s thrilling origin story in “Halo
  4: Forward Unto Dawn” will be rewarded with
  special insights into the story of “Halo 4” and the
  “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” experience. The story
  will unfold weekly through a series of five episodes,
  setting the stage for the worldwide launch of “Halo
  4” on Nov. 6.
  Directed by Stewart Hendler (“H+,” “Sorority
  Row”), written by Todd Helbing and Aaron
  Helbing (“Smallville,” “Spartacus”) and backed by                A major reshuffling in AKB48‘s team line-ups – which
  a top-tier production team, including Executive                  will also reduce the number of teams within the popular
  Producers Lydia Antonini and Josh Feldman,                       Japanese idol group from the current four to three (just A,
  former Warner Bros. and Playtone executives,                     K, and B; Team 4 members to join their seniors in the other
  respectively, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”                        teams) – will take effect on November 1 onwards, the group’s
  features a diverse cast of established and up-                   management announced at a concert and handshake session
  and-coming Hollywood talent, including Tom                       in Iwate prefecture yesterday.
  Green (“Dance Academy”) as Thomas Lasky,                         Minami Takahashi, the current captain of Team A will be
  Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia) as                    promoted to General Manager of the entire AKB48 group,
  Chyler Silva, Daniel Cudmore (X2, X-Men: The                     with Mariko Shinoda assuming the role of Team A’s captain
  Last Stand, The Twilight Saga) as the Master                     in Takahashi’s stead. Yuko Oshima will keep her position
  Chief, Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons, Munich)                    as the captain of Team K, while Ayaka Umeda will lead
  as Mehaffey, Mike Dopud (Mission Impossible –                    Team B as its captain. Key positions aside, numerous AKB48
  Ghost Protocol) as General Black, Enisha Brewster                members have also been reassigned to a different team.
  (Footloose) as April Orenski, Masam Holden
  (“Grey’s Anatomy,” Elizabethtown) as Michael                     For the most part, the line-up reshuffle will only affect
  “Sully” Sullivan, Osric Chau (“2012”) as JJ Chen,                AKB48′s live performances, especially the ones held almost
  Iain Belcher (“Supernatural”) as Vickers, and Kat                daily at the AKB48 Theatre in Akihabara. A different team
  De Lieva as Dimah.                                               performs there each day, and every team has its own setlist.
                                                                   At the moment, Team B’s setlist is entitled “Theatre no
  “Halo     4:    Forward      Unto     Dawn”      is              Megami” (「「「「「「「, last performance: October 22), Team
  produced in association with Emmy®-winning                       K’s is RESET (October 24), Team 4′s is Boku no Taiyou (「「「
  production company Herzog & Company/HCO                          「, October 25), and Team A’s is Mokugekisha (「「「, October
  (Gettysburg and the forthcoming Killing Lincoln).                29).
  Continuing its involvement with the “Halo”
  franchise, Legacy Effects (The Hunger Games, The                 Although the team reshuffles officially take effect November
  Avengers, Avatar) is creating specialized costumes               1, brand new setlists for the reorganised teams will not be
  and armor, and visual effects are being created by               ready in time. Until they are, each AKB48 team will instead
  Toronto-based Arc Productions bringing the Halo                  be performing a generic “Waiting Kouen” (「「「「「「「「「)
  universe to life with fidelity never before seen.                set that features a specific list of songs hand-picked for the
     Emmy-winner John Sullivan (“The Pacific”) is                  occasion.
  serving as the Visual Effects Supervisor for the                 Previously, each team comprised approximately 16
  production.                                                      members. After the reshuffling, each team will have 22 or
                                                                   23 members instead. As the Waiting Kouen setlists were
                                                                   designed with a maximum of approximately 16 members in
AKB48 team reshuffles go                                           mind, during this period each team’s members will perform
into effect November 1                                             on a rotational basis.

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                                                                Yuuka Tano

                                                                Tomomi Nakatsuka

                                                                Shiori Nakamata

                                                                Moeno Nitou

                                                                Sakiko Matsui


                                                                Yui Yokoyama (NMB48 / AKB48 Team A)

                                                                Mayu Watanabe
                                                                Team K [23 people]
                                                                Yuko Oshima (new Team Captain)

                                                                Sayaka Akimoto

                                                                Maria Abe

                                                                Tomomi Itano

                                                                Mayumi Uchida

                                                                Rie Kitahara (SKE48 and AKB48 Team K concurrent posts)

                                                                Asuka Kuramochi
This is the second time in AKB48′s five-year history that the
teams line-ups have been reshuffled, and it is one that many    Kana Kobayashi
fans consider inevitable given that Atsuko Maeda – wildly
regarded as the “face” of AKB48 – graduated on August 27.       Amina Satou
The team reshuffling was announced August 24.
                                                                Haruka Shimada
Here’s what the line-up looks like after the reshuffle:
Team A [22 people]                                              Shihori Suzuki
Minami Takahashi (appointed General Manager)
                                                                Rina Chikano
Mariko Shinoda (new Team Captain)
                                                                Chisato Nakata
Karen Iwata
                                                                Sayaka Nakaya
Rina Izuta
                                                                Mariya Nagao
Anna Iriyama
                                                                Nana Fujita
Ryoka Oshima (promoted)
                                                                Ami Maeda
Tomomi Kasai
                                                                Yuka Masuda
Rina Kawaei
                                                                Jurina Matsui (SKE48 Team S / AKB48 Team K)
Ayaka Kikuchi
                                                                Natsumi Matsubara
Riho Kotani (AKB48 Team A / NMB48 Team N)
                                                                Kaoru Mitsumune (promoted)
Marina Kobayashi
                                                                Miho Miyazaki
Sumire Satou
                                                                Tomu Mutou (promoted)
Natsuki Satou
                                                                Team B [23 people]
                                                                Ayaka Umeda (new Team Captain)
Juri Takahashi
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Anna Ishida (SKE48 Team KII / AKB48 Team B)

Haruka Ishida

Miori Ichikawa

Misaki Iwasa

Mina Oba

Shizuka Oya

Yuki Kashiwagi

Haruka Katayama

Rena Kato

Haruna Kojima

Natsuki Kojima

Mika Komori

Haruka Shimazaki

Miyu Takeuchi

Miku Tanabe

Mariko Nakamura

Wakana Natori

Misato Nonaka

Reina Fujie

Minami Minegishi

Suzuran Yamauchi

Miyuki Watanabe (NMB Team N / AKB48 Team B)
Aika Oota
JKT48 (Overseas Attachment)
Aki Takajo

Haruka Nakagawa
SNH48 (Overseas Attachment)
Mariya Suzuki

Sae Miyazawa
Atsuko Maeda
Source: Natalie

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
                                                                          The new version of Shabette-Concier is free to all NTT
  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku                      DoCoMo customers who’ve subscribed to the sp-mode
  and Japanese Pop Culture                                                Internet connection service, and will come pre-installed in
                                                                          smartphones and tablets (well, tablet) announced today
                                                                          under the telco’s Winter 2012 line-up, some of which will
K-On! and Hello Kitty are part                                            begin going on sale in Japan from November.
of NTT DoCoMo’s answer to                                                 All of the devices in the line-up are Androids; NTT DoCoMo
                                                                          is the only carrier in Japan to not offer Apple’s iPhone
iPhone’s Siri in Japan                                                    products.
By KarbyP on October 11th, 2012

Want to have long, endearing conversations with the gals
from Kyoto Animation’s hit TV series K-On!? No problemo!
All you’ve got to do is go to Japan and buy a new phone from
Japan’s leading telco NTT DoCoMo announced today that
it’s giving its cloud-based voice-command concierge service,
Shabette-Concier, a major upgrade for the Winter 2012
season: more functions, more apps supported, and the
addition of over 30 interactive avatars, including K-On!
A partial list of these interactive avatars can be found at
NTT DoCoMo’s official website over here. Besides the K-
On! girls, other licensed avatars include Chibi Maruko-chan,
Hello Kitty, and Snoopy & His Friends.
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                                                                          Jrock Evolution 2012 report –
                                                                          UniTE & MUCC [Singapore]
                                                                          By sentinel011 on October 11th, 2012

Shabette-Concier works similar to Siri, in that upon
activation of the app, a voice will playback on your phone                5th October was a big night. Despite rushed marketing
prompting you for a query. The service was first launched                 efforts (the event was only confirmed and announced in
in Japan in March of this year, and has since been updated                September) and the fact that it was a weekday night, the long
periodically to support more questions and applications over              time J-Rock faithful in Singapore turned up in droves for
the months.                                                               what is the second major J-Rock event in 2012, MUCC’s first
                                                                          ever live performance in Singapore.
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                                                                Ageha was next, and every time I hear the guitar intro the
                                                                sound reminds me of Ken’s playing (Ken , which made a lot
                                                                of sense since Ken (L’Arc~en~Ciel) was their producer for
                                                                Super favourites Utagoe and Saishuu Ressha were next,
                                                                and Tatsuro executed both perfectly, even better than any
                                                                recorded live versions I have watched before. Maybe I’m just
                                                                biased, or maybe I’m just really intoxicated by this point, like
                                                                the rest of the crazy crowd were.

The now-legendary band from Maverick DC Group (whose
seniors are L’Arc~en~Ciel), performed together with their
juniors, newly formed (in 2011) Visual-Kei band UniTE, as
part of J-Rock Evolution, a world-tour unit of some of the
big name J-Rock artistes in the industry from Maverick DC
Group and PS Company. While some fangirls were arguably
pissed at the absence of Alice Nine, who were scheduled
to perform in Jakarta but not in Singapore, they really
only have the rowdy local K-pop fans to blame (Google or
Facebook if you do not get what I mean).                        Their MC session came up, and unlike UniTE who seemed a
                                                                little bit tensed up during what was their first ever overseas
Friday marked the first successful attempt by MUCC to hold      MC session, MUCC pulled it off easily like the seasoned
a live performance in Singapore, two years after they have      veterans they are. Tatsuro was funny as hell as usual, even
failed to come as part of another event that is best left       as the whole band struggled to speak in English.
unmentioned. MUCC fans were left waiting for the last two
years, and came Friday it was all worth it.                     The band went on to perform several more of their recent
                                                                songs such as Nirvana, as well as their new song Mother
UniTE opened the show for MUCC with eight songs which           (which will be the new EP for Naruto) and came back during
got the crowd up to the right temperature. The one-year old     the encore with Flight (One Piece) and Libra, completely
band, made up of five really, really, pretty boys (especially   their first live in Singapore (which hopefully won’t be their
LIN!! Oh mine how much more pretty can a guy gettttt),          last) successfully with a loud bang. All in all, a great mix of
wowed the crowds with their energy and constantly provided      old favourites and recent stuff from MUCC’s set list, which
fan service for the fangirl crowd, who were mostly there        read like a list of songs someone starting out on MUCC songs
for UniTE. They did a relatively short live (roughly forty      should first listen to.
minutes), with no encore, and for some reason forgot to do a
self introduction of their members during their MC session.
It would have been nice to see more of them though.

                                                                After the live though, the VIP ticket holders were treated to a
                                                                surprise event – a photo taking session (where the two bands
                                                                were asked to pose on the stage for the audience to fire their
And then MUCC came on. The crowd roared. Tatsuro came           camera phones away from the floor) and gosh! a handshake
on cloaked and barefooted (that rumour about him never          session!!! Miya, Yukke and Satoshi looked slightly stoned
wearing shoes on stage is true!) opening the show with          during all the fan service sessions, probably from all the
Chemical Parade, FALLING DOWN and Howling.                      ‘high’ prior.
Out came Yukke’s EUB (electric upright bass)…..and MUCC         Possibly the one and only chance to shake hands with MUCC
started playing the intro to Fuzz! Fuzz, one of my favorite     (something probably quite impossible in Japan considering
MUCC songs, was also regularly played in many of their lives.   how big they are) I shook each member’s hand and told
Just seeing Fuzz performed live alone justified the price of    them I am a big fan of theirs and asked them to definitely
the VIP ticket.                                                 come back to Singapore (Yukke and Miya looked shocked at

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my super exaggerated reaction) and Tatsuro handed me my           By Rika on October 11th, 2012
signed poster. That made my night. And my weekend. And
my October. And my 2012.
For those who are interested in the exact set list, here it is:
intro                             melt into UNiTE.
1                                 Io
2                                 U -s m e h-
3                                 AIVIE
4                                 re:make
5                                 Distory
6                                 world wide wish
7                                 Eniver
intro                             Chemical Parade
1                                 FALLING DOWN
2                                 Howling
3                                 Fuzz
4                                 Ageha                           SGcafe was proud to be one of the preferred media to cover
                                                                  Cosplaymania earlier this month, which featured guests
5                                 Utagoe
                                                                  such as KANAME冬, REIKA and our very own JESUKE.
6                                 Saishuu ressha                  Aside from them, there are quite a number of cosplayers who
                                  TALK                            are pretty good themselves too. Here are some of the many!
7                                 NIRVANA
8                                 ARCADIA featuring DAISHI
9                                 Kaze to taiyou
10                                Mae he
11                                Ranchu
12                                MOTHER
En1                            Flight
En2                            Libra
(Set list provided courtesy of the organizers)
[Reported by freelance writer Ryu, who has been a long
time Jrock fan; Published by sentinel011]

Cosplaymania 2012: Cosplay

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See more in our gallery below (Photos by Z3LL Photography)

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                     megpoid the Music# – a PSP
                     rhythm-action game starring
                     Vocaloid Gumi [images]

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By KarbyP on October 11th, 2012

That’s right, folks! Vocaloid Gumi, voiced by Megumi
Nakajima (Macross Frontier’s Ranka Lee), is getting her own
game! “megpoid the Music冬” from developer ParaPhray or
冬冬冬冬 (we’ve never heard of them either) is a Gumi-based
rhythm-action title that will head to the PSP in Spring 2013.
Gumi is a Vocaloid character created by Internet Co., Ltd
as the official mascot for its line of Megpoid software,
powered by Yamaha’s Vocaloid2 technology. The name
“Gumi” was originally voice actress Megumi Nakajima’s
childhood nickname. Both Internet Co. and ParaPhray will
share the copyrights for this PSP title.
There’s a two-page feature on the game in this week’s issue
of Weekly Famitsu (on sale in Japan October 11), so if you
want the full details, be sure to pick up a copy from your
local import bookstore. In Singapore, the latest issue of
Famitsu can usually be found in Kinokuniya book stores on
Fridays. Alternatively, just wait for a full reveal on the game
from official sources tomorrow – a website or something to        No details on the rhythm-action gameplay have been
introduce the game is bound to come up.                           unveiled thus far. However, the info-box on the game does
In the meantime, here are a few images/scans and details to       say that megpoid the Music冬 will support “1 to 4 players”.
tide you over:                                                    Costumes-wise, expect to see over 40, not including items or
                                                                  accessories that Gumi can equip.
                                                                  Four songs have been confirmed in the megpoid the Music冬:

                                                                     • Ame ga Futte (冬冬冬冬冬冬 or It’s Raining) by Reruriri (冬
                                                                     • Koi wa Kitto Kyuujoushou (冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬 or Love Will
                                                                       Surely Soar) by Noboru (冬冬冬冬)
                                                                     • KiLLER LADY by HachioujiP (冬冬冬P)
                                                                     • MeguMegu Fire Endless Night (冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬冬
                                                                       冬冬冬) by samfree

                                                                  More songs will be announced at a later date. That said,
                                                                  Famitsu did drop a little hint in the article on what fans
                                                                  can expect to see: popular songs that have accumulated
                                                                  over 4,800,000 views on Nico Nico Douga. Does this
                                                                  mean DECO*27′s Mosaik Role (冬冬冬冬冬冬冬) will make it in
                                                                  for sure? We’ll just have to wait to find out.
                                                                  Like in Sega’s Project Diva series, outside of the main
                                                                  gameplay modes, megpoid the Music冬 will include a Gumi
                                                                  Room (GUMI冬冬冬) as well. Some of the features in Gumi
                                                                  Room are:

                                                                     • Costume Change – modify Gumi’s look by making her
                                                                       change into costumes and accessories purchased in-
                                                                       game (with points accumulated through play)
                                                                     • Diary – once certain conditions are met, you’ll be able
                                                                       to read diary entries made by Gumi.

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   • Gallery/PV – a mode where illustrations and PVs can                from various Fate series battling it out in a Holy Grail Hot
     be viewed. Some of the pieces contained here include               Springs war.
     the works of Nou (冬冬) and Tsukasa Ryugu (冬冬冬冬冬)                    Six teams for Super Dimensional Trouble Hanafuda
                                                                        Epic Battle (ととととととととととととととととと) have been unveiled
Source: 1, 2
                                                                        previously: Saber, Lancer, Caster, Archer, Rider, and
                                                                        Berserker camps.
Resident Evil 6 – More horror                                           Today, the game’s official website reveals three more teams:
than action this time?                                                  Extra, Prototype, and Prisma Illya camps.
By sentinel011 on October 11th, 2012

The Resident Evil franchise, also known as Biohazard in
Japan, started off back in the late 90s with corny B grade
dialogue and cheap scares. Serious lack of ammunition and
monsters at every turn made it a commercial success and
coined the term “survival horror”.

Players will notice that the game’s graphics looks similar to
its predecessor as both are utilising the same game engine.
This is where the similarities stop, though, as Resident Evil
6 is a heavily action oriented game with tons of Quick time
button mashing, thumbstick wiggling events that lets you,
run away from explosions, release holds from enemies, avoid
having your face meet a grinder, and even climb ladders!
Sadly, the graphics suffers dithering in intense scenes and
ends up looking not as polished.
Want to read more on what we say about Resident Evil 6?
Check out our full review!

Fate/stay night [Realta Nua]:
Extra, Protytype, and Prisma
Illya teams join the Holy Grail
Hot Springs war
protytype-and-prisma-illya-teams-join-the-holy-grail-hot-springs-war/   Unlike the regular Holy Grail war, the Holy Grail Hot
By KarbyP on October 11th, 2012                                         Springs war does not involve actual combat. Instead, the
                                                                        various teams will play Hanafuda cards against one another
                                                                        until a victor is decided – so yes, the bonus PSP title is little
                                                                        more than a card game.
                                                                        That said, the bonus game will feature scenarios penned
                                                                        by various creators who’ve worked on Fate properties over
                                                                        the years, such as Kinoko Nasu, Gen Urobuchi, Hoshizora
                                                                        Meteo, and Yuichiro Higashide. Of the three teams revealed
                                                                        today, Kinoko Nasu will be providing the scenarios for the
Gamers who pre-order Fate/stay night [Realta Nua] will                  Extra and Prototype camps.
receive a bonus downloadable PSP title – Take Off! Super
Dimensional Trouble Hanafuda Epic Battle- that has teams

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Hiroshi Hiroyama, the manga artiste and writer
behind Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya will naturally be               Kalafina’s MV for Hikari Furu
handling the storyline for the PI camp.                               – theme song for 2nd Madoka
Fate/stay night [Realta Nua] for the PlayStation Vita goes
on sale in Japan November 29.
                                                                      Magica movie – to debut
PS VITA冬冬冬冬Fate/stay            night    [Realta    Nua]冬冬冬冬冬冬        on a Nico Live stream this
[via Otanews]                                                         Saturday
Does the world need XCOM                                              By KarbyP on October 11th, 2012

to save us from unknown
enemies? [Video]
By KarbyP on October 11th, 2012

                                                                      Gekijouban Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Kouhen) -Eien
                                                                      no Monogatari- hits theatres in Japan this Saturday. To
                                                                      commemorate the occasion, Kalafina, the artiste behind
                                                                      Eien no Monogatari‘s theme song Hikari Furu, will appear
                                                                      as guests on a special Nico Live stream.
“Nay,” says this particular Russian ambassador at a global            So if you’re fan of the neoclassical-slash-gothic Anisong pop
council meeting held to determine if XCOM – a multi-                  group, make sure to tune in to the stream this Saturday,
national special task force that was deactivated after they           October 13 at 9PM Japan time (GMT+0900 hours) or
successfully defended Earth from an alien threat at the turn          8PM Singapore time (GMT+0800 hours). Here’s the URL
of the 21st century – should be reinstated.                           in case you want something to copy-and-paste: http://
Those flying saucers you see running amok in the skies      
outside? “Those are probably just weather balloons.”                  Most of the stream will consist of a talk corner where
What about the reports of alien abductions and                        the members of Kalafina share their thoughts on the
attacks? ”Weather balloons often probe and abduct humans              movie and other Madoka Magica related material with
and it is nothing to worry about.”                                    MC Akihito Tomita. After the talk segments, Kalafina will
                                                                      perform Hikari Furu “live”.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a turn-based strategy title for
the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from developer Firaxis
Games (who also made Civilization V) hits retail shelves
internationally on October 12, 2012.
Recommended retail prices for XCOM: Enemy Unknown in
Singapore are as follows:
PC – S$59.90
PS3 – S$79.90
Xbox 360 – S$69.90
A single-player demo containing two tutorial missions is
available from Steam for Windows PCs.

                                                                      And if that’s not enough, the full music video for Hikari
                                                                      Furu will also be shown for the first time on the livestream,
                                                                      alongside that of ClariS’s Luminous (とととと), which was the
                                                                      theme song for the first Madoka Magica movie.
                                                                      The two films are a re-compiled version of the award-
                                                                      winning anime series that aired on TV in Japan last year,
                                                                      with Gekijouban Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Zenpen)
                                                                      -Hajimari no Monogatari- [Puella Magi Madoka Magica
                                                                      the Movie (Part 1) -The Story of the Beginning-] setting up

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the premise and introducing key characters and themes in          winning the Tekken tournament through his unique fighting
the series.                                                       techniques that emphasize on “speed and weight”.
Part 1 made its way to theatres in Japan last Saturday.
Part 2 [(Kouhen) -Eien no Mongatari- which translates to
"The Story of Eternity"] will unveil the dark secrets behind      Trailers for the new stages were also published on the
magical being Kyubey’s source of powers, and ultimately kill      game’s YouTube channel. From top to bottom: Poland, Saudi
off several of the series’ key characters before getting to a     Arabia, Russia, and Chile.
bitter-sweet ending. In other words, this is not a children’s     Which is your favourite?
Source: Nico Video

                                                                  TGS2012 – Even more
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
                                                                  cosplayers [Part 2]
1.02 online update unlocks                                        Source:
Miharu, Sebastian, and Slim                                       part-2/
                                                                  By Rika on October 11th, 2012
Bob [Updated]
By KarbyP on October 11th, 2012

The newly-released 1.02 game patch unlocks three of six
confirmed additional characters – Miharu, Sebastian, and
Slim Bob – fixes two glaring bugs (Kunimitsu ducking under
certain “mid” attacks, and an Ancient Ogre infinite combo),
and adds a couple more stages for you to Knocc ‘Em Down in.
All of this downloadable content will, of course, be              Liking our cosplay features from Tokyo Game Show this
completely free to all Tekken Tag Tournament 2 players. So        year? We have even more!
make sure to jump on the PlayStation Network and Xbox             We spot several Sengoku Basara cosplayers as well, and quite
Live to download all the new stuff pronto; we’ll see you and      a few other high quality cosplays. Tokyo Game Show is
the rest of the fighting games community online on Ranked         just one of the many events in Tokyo that cosplayers all
Match and the World Tekken Federation network.                    over Japan participate in. Other events include the bi-yearly
Update: We’ve added video move lists (made by YouTube             comic market, also known as ‘Comiket’.
user BloodBurger) for all the three characters unlocked in        Enough banter. Enjoy the photos!
this update.

A classmate of Ling Xiaoyu’s, Miharu is the Chinese fighter’s
best friend and often hangs out with Xiaoyu and her pet
Panda after school.

Sebastian is Lili’s butler, and as such, shares many moves
with the ”Monegasque-Gymnastic” style fighter. Lili was first
introduced in Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection.

Slim Bob
Slim Bob’s origins can be attributed to Bob’s ending in
Tekken 6, where he somehow lost a bunch of weight
without realising after he attracted mass media attention for

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More pictures in our gallery below:

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
                                                                      funny, and have a fantastical touch to it,” she added when
  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku                  asked about her thoughts on the design.
  and Japanese Pop Culture
                                                                      “We’d like to continue putting out such quirky and funny-
                                                                      looking designs for our future releases.”
Kyari Pamyu Pamyu’s debut                                             Steve Nakamura, the CD jacket’s art director, also explained
                                                                      the concept behind the award-winning design: “Since it was
album wins an award for its                                           a debut work, we hedged our bets on make-up and [Kyari
CD jacket design                                                      Pamyu Pamyu's] facial expressions to create a look akin to
                                                                      that of a unique character.”
an-award-for-its-jacket-design/                                       “In today’s world, I believe that rather than going with
By KarbyP on October 16th, 2012                                       something conservative and typical, a quirky CD Jacket
                                                                      would brighten up the day of those who see it. I’m glad that
                                                                      we managed to pull it off,” he continued.

                                                                      Music Jacket Taisho (ミミミミミミミミミ
                                                                      Japan’s “Music Jacket Taisho” (ミミミミミミミミミミミミミミ) award
                                                                      was founded in 2011 to highlight to music lovers in Japan the
                                                                      appeal of a good CD jacket design, and to encourage music
                                                                      makers to continue the culture of inventing inspirational
                                                                      designs for their releases by recognising the artistes and
Kyari Pamyu Pamyu‘s debut album, Moshimoshi Harajuku,                 designers who make an effort to do so. The award is now in
has been selected as the winner of the prestigious Music              its second year.
Jacket Taisho 2012 award for its impactful spin on the                All domestic music CDs (including works from foreign
renowned model and singer’s close-up portrait, the award’s            artistes) released between 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012
committee announced today.                                            by record companies affiliated with the Recording Industry
The CD Jacket design, in which a giant, cartoon mouth was             Association of Japan (RIAJ) were eligible and considered for
painted on Kyari Pamyu Pamyu’s face, was said to be so eye-           2012′s award. A committee looked through the releases and
catching and impactful that the entire CD jacket design could         came up with a shortlist of 50 nominees, which the general
be seen as the 19-year-old singer’s calling card.                     public then voted on via a specially-created site.
                                                                      Incidentally, the winner of the first Music Jacket Taisho was
                                                                      Keisuke Kuwata’s Musicman.

“To be named the receipient of such a prestigious award for
my debut work, I’m extremely elated!” Kyari Pamyu Pamyu
“It was a jacket design that we fussed over a lot because we          Source: MyNavi News
didn’t want it to just be cute. We also wanted it to be quirky,

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                                                                       Did you know that Yahoo! Japan – and only in Japan –
Fairy Tail movie “Priestess                                            has a marketplace where they sell apps for Google’s Android
of the Phoenix” to air in                                              OS? No? See, that right there is precisely why the Yahoo!
                                                                       folks have secured an early-access exclusivity deal this third
Singapore theatres this week                                           Madoka Magica TPS app.
                                                                       Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica TPS Featuring Miki Saya
                                                                       & Sakura Kyoko (ミミミミミミミミミミミ TPS FEATURING ミミミ
By Rika on October 16th, 2012
                                                                       ミミミミミミミ) is the third entry in this game app series, and
                                                                       the first to feature two playable characters; the first two
                                                                       instalments only let you play as Homura Akemi or Mami
                                                                       Tomoe, respectively.
                                                                       The gameplay in all three apps is similar: you explore
                                                                       dungeons and defeat witches from an over-the-shoulder
                                                                       view much like in a typical third-person-shooter.

Singaporean anime fans rejoice for another movie based on
an existing animated series looks set to hit local shores this
month! While there is no confirmed release date yet, its entry
on Yahoo! Movies Singapore says that it will premiere on
Friday, October 19 (we think maybe they meant October 18,
as movies in Singapore typically premiere on a Thursday).
[UPDATE] Cathay Cineplex have revealed to premiere the
movie at Cathay Cineleisure. Internet booking hasn’t been              Multiple stages are available, and what’s interesting about
up on the booking website as of press time.                            this new version is that in the first stage you’ll begin playing
The Fairy Tail movie “Priestess of the Phoenix” premiered              as the pre-Magical Girl version of Sayaka, who’s equipped
in August in Japan on 73 screens, debuting at ミ9 and raking            only with a baseball bat.
in US$768,533 in its opening weekend. The film features                Stage 2 has you assuming control of Sayaka after she’s
the titular Fairy Tail, a notorious guild of magic-users and           gotten her Magical Girl or Mahou Shoujo (or… Puella Magi?)
their adventures with a new original character Eclair, voiced          powers. Her default weapon is a sabre, but as you clear stages
by Aya Endou of Macross Frontier fame. Jang Keun-suk                   and defeat witches, you can unlock other weapons that have
provides the opening theme “200 Miles” while the ending                varying attack ranges and strength attributes.
theme is “Zutto Kitto” (ミミミ ミミミ; “Assuredly Forever”) by
Aya Hirano, the voice of Lucy Heartphillia.                            After clearing a few more stages you’ll eventually get to play
                                                                       as Kyoko Sakura, who handles differently as she fights with
Watch the trailer here!                                                a staff.

“Madoka Magica TPS
Featuring Miki Sayaka &
Sakura Kyoko” Android app
exclusive to Yahoo! Market
(for now)
By KarbyP on October 16th, 2012

                                                                       Outside of physical attacks, both Sayaka and Kyoko will
                                                                       also be able to use magic spells, cast by tapping the Soul
                                                                       Gem icon in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen. Each
                                                                       use of magic will cause the Soul Gem to get increasingly
                                                                       dirty. When it’s covered completely in impurities, you won’t
                                                                       be able to cast any more spells, but unlike in the actual
                                                                       animation series, Sayaka or Kyoko won’t die (Game Over)
                                                                       right away.
                                                                       Since this new version is focused on melee attacks, naturally
                                                                       the difficulty level here would be higher than past entries.

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That said, you’ll be able to choose from three difficulty          By KarbyP on October 16th, 2012
settings: Easy, Normal and Hard.

                                                                   Update [11:22AM]: It’s back up!
                                                                   Update 2: The buy button has been pulled again due to
                                                                   an error (Square Enix gave Amazon Supreme Commander
                                                                   1 codes instead of Supreme Commander 2). For further
                                                                   updates on the deal, check this NeoGAF thread.
                                                                   Original story: Seven digital-download games for US$9.99.
                                                                   How crazy is this deal? So crazy that Square Enix has told
                                                                   Amazon that they will no longer provide them any more
                                                                   codes for the deal; this is the very last batch ofAbsolutely
                                                                   Great Square Pack codes Amazon will sell.
                                                                   To purchase the deal, log-in to Amazon, and keep refreshing
                                                                   the product page until you can buy it (they’re experiencing
                                                                   some problems due to the huge number of users trying to
                                                                   access the page). You will need to register a credit or debit
                                                                   card with Amazon, and – this is the most crucial part - enter
                                                                   an American billing address. Just type in one you find on the
                                                                   Internet or something. With a working 5-digit postal code.
                                                                   For more information on the status of the Absolutely Great
                                                                   Square Pack – whether it’s completely gone or not – check
                                                                   this NeoGAF thread and look for posts by “Amazon Video
                                                                   Gamer”. It ain’t over till the fat lady sings Tony says
                                                                   so. Alternatively, scroll down and check the first detailed
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica TPS Featuring Miki Saya                 customer review by Ellen Ripley, who says that more keys
& Sakura Kyoko is available from today (October 16), sold          are being entered in small batches.
exclusively at the Yahoo! Market for Android at the moment.        The Absolutely Great Square Pack is Amazon’s deal of the
Although a version of this app will probably make it to the        week that went live on Sunday, October 14 US time, and was
Google Play store and iTunes app store at some point in the        supposed to last all the way till Thursday, October 18. But
future, Yahoo! claims that its version will feature a bonus:       the pack was sold out on Sunday mere hours after it came
Sayaka and Kyoko’s voice actresses – Eri Kitamura and Ai           online. Amazon has restocked it the pack with codes from
Nonaka – have recorded a few extra voice samples (yes, this        Square Enix at least twice since then, all of which sold out
game is voiced) that will not be included in future versions       incredibly quickly.
offered elsewhere.                                                 And now Square Enix is telling Amazon that this will be the
Source: 4Gamer, Yahoo! Market                                      last batch of codes they will provide for the deal. Once it’s
                                                                   sold out, Amazon will replace the deal with a “25% off Digital
                                                                   Games” deal that will begin tomorrow.
Last chance to buy Deus Ex:                                        Here’s what the pack contains:
HR, Hitman: Blood Money and                                          1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Augmented Edition
5 other games for US$9.99 on                                            [Download]

Amazon [Updated X2]                                                  2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The Missing Link DLC
hitman-blood-money-and-5-other-games-for-us9-99-on-amazon/           3. Hitman: Blood Money [Online Game Code]
                                                                     4. Just Cause 2 [Download]
                                                                     5. Just Cause [Online Game Code]
                                                                     6. Quantum Conundrum [Download]
                                                                     7. Supreme Commander 2 [Download]
                                                                     8. The Last Remnant [Online Game Code]

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Source: NeoGAF

“The Story of Rebellion” is
your 3rd Puella Magi Madoka
Magica movie
By KarbyP on October 16th, 2012                                         So, like I said earlier, the new movie will focus primarily on
                                                                        Mami Tomoe, Anzu, and Homura Akemi.
                                                                        What about Sayaka Miki? Her fate was actually revealed
                                                                        through a short scene back in the last episode of Madoka
                                                                        Magica: she died, remember? She died even in the new
                                                                        word created by Madoka’s wish, due to over-expending her
                                                                        magical abilities for the sake of protecting Kyoko.
                                                                        In the original universe, prior to Madoka making her wish,
                                                                        Mahou Shoujos or Magical Girls would turn into witches –
                                                                        the very enemies Magical Girls swore to fight and protect
                                                                        people from – after their Soul Gems are turned completely
                                                                        black due to the use of magic. As a result of that, Sayaka was
                                                                        supposed to turn into the witch, Oktavia von Seckendorff.
The subtitle for the third Madoka Magica movie, due
sometime in 2013, has been revealed to be “The Story                    But in the new world created by Madoka’s wish, Mahou
of Rebellion” (ミミミミミ or Hangyaku no Monogatari),                        Shoujos do not turn into witches when they use up their
according to tweets from Japanese movie-goers who just saw              magical powers, a fate that she thought was too cruel. So
the second flick.                                                       Sayaka’s existence simply vanishes, instead of turning into
                                                                        a witch.
A brief teaser was shown at the end of the second film, and
according to one movie-goer, the third movie looks to be                This process of Magical Girls vanishing after they’re done
a story that focuses on Mami Tomoe, Kyoko Sakura, and                   is referred to as “Enkan no Kotowari” (ミミミミ the “Law or
Homura Akemi. A cutscene where Ultimate Madoka fights                   Circles”, named after Madoka which is one of the readings
alongside Homura was also shown.                                        for the Kanji ミ), and there is a huge flaw with it, as Mami,
                                                                        Homura, and Kyoko finds out in the new movie.
                                                                        Sounds pretty epic, huh? Almost as epic as this fan-made
                                                                        orchestral re-arrangement of Luminous, ClariS’s theme song
                                                                        for the first Madoka Magica movie:
                                                                        Source: Alfalfalfa, Hachima, Madoka Magica wiki

                                                                        Perfume’s Singapore
                                                                        performance to be broadcast
                                                                        “live” to 62 theatres all
Unlike the first and second parts, which are a condensed re-            across Japan
telling of the original hit TV anime series, the third Puella           Source:
Magi Madoka Magica movie is based on a completely new                   be-broadcast-live-to-62-theatres-all-across-japan/
script.                                                                 By KarbyP on October 16th, 2012

If you’re not already familiar with the story told in the
Madoka Magica series, it might be a good idea to stop
reading right now, and just wait till you’ve had a chance
to watch both movies, which will be shown in cinemas
in Singapore (and seven other countries outside of Japan)
sometime between October and December.
Beyond this point it’s not possible to delve into what was
shown in the teaser at the end of the second movie without
going into spoiler territory.

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When Japanese electropop trio Perfume comes down                       The film will star Tori Matsuzaka as Ken Washio/Ken the
to Singapore on November 24 to hold a one-day-only                     Eagle, and Ayame Gouriki as Jun/June the Swan.
performance at SCAPE as the last stop in their Asia tour, fans         Gou Ayano, Ryohei Suzuki, and Tatsuomi Hamada will play
here won’t be the only ones swinging their glow-sticks and             the roles of Jo Asakura/Joe the Condor, Ryu Nakanishi/
tapping to the beat.                                                   Rocky the Owl, and Jinpei/Jimmy the Falcon respectively.
Some 3302 miles away, Perfume fans in Japan will also be               Cast members for Gatchaman’s enemies will be announced
joining in on the fun too; the tour’s management announced             at a later date.
this week that the concert would be broadcast “live” to 62
theatres all over Japan.
The “live viewing” sessions will commence at 8PM Japan
time at the theatres listed (full list in Japanese over here) and
entry tickets will sell for 3,000 yen a piece, available to the
public beginning October 27, 12PM Japan time.
Perfume’s Asia tour, also known as “Perfume WORLD TOUR
1st” is the first time the electropop group has ventured out
of their home country to perform overseas, and a part of the
group’s strategy to go global after they were transferred from
record label Tokuma Japan Communications to Universal
Although the news of the live viewing sessions does not affect
Perfume fans outside of Japan, the fact that they’re able to
arrange something like this is significant as it opens a door
of possibilities: could future Perfume concerts in Japan also
be broadcast to theatres in countries like Singapore, Hong
Kong, Taiwan and Korea (the countries covered in the Asia
We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
Source: Natalie

Science Ninja Team
Gatchaman live-action movie
in the works
By KarbyP on October 16th, 2012

                                                                       Renowned TV and movie director Touya Satou (Kaiji 1 and 2,
                                                                       Gokusen) will lead the production crew. The movie’s script
                                                                       will be penned by Yusuke Watanabe who also did the ones
                                                                       for the Gantz and 20th Century Boys live-action adaptations.
                                                                       Action-scene stunts will be directed by Tatsuro Koike, who’s
                                                                       worked on Hollywood movies such as The Last Samurai and
Tatsunoko Productions’ classic anime series Science Ninja              Daredevil. Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina‘s Shinji
Team Gatchaman is getting a live-action movie adaptation.              will handle character designs. VFX work will be done by
Nikkatsu Corp will produce the movie, which begins filming             Shirogumi studio, which film director Takeshi Yamazaki is
on October 15, and Toho Co., Ltd will distribute the flick to          a member of.
Japanese theatres Summer 2013.
                                                                       Director Satou says that he hopes to deliver a movie that will
Made in part to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tatsunoko            surpass Hollywood superhero flicks in terms of impact.
Productions and the 100th year anniversary of Nikkatsu’s,
Gatchaman the movie is said to feature more CG cutscenes               “We’re approaching the production of this film with the
than Yatterman (1,300 cutscenes) and Gantz (over 1,000                 utmost care and respect for the world of the original anime
combined in parts one and two).                                        series. We’ve got a cast of young, talented actors. And the
                                                                       entire production team would truly like to make a film that
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even viewers who have never heard of Science Ninja Team
Gatchaman will enjoy,” he said in Japanese.
“We’d like to put together the type of superhero movie
that only Japan can make, and we’re pinning our hopes on
succeeding because the times are ripe for us to achieve this

“Street Fighter X Tekken
2013″, a free update for the
game, will be released mid-                                              • Tekken characters’ anti-air moves have been
December 2012 [Update X2]                                                  improved. Specifically, upon hitting your opponent in
Source:     the air with certain moves, you will now be able to do
update-for-the-game-will-be-released-mid-december-2012/                    juggle combos similar to in, well, the Tekken games (“ミ
By KarbyP on October 16th, 2012                                            ミミミミミミ”ミミミ in Japanese, in case we somehow mis-
                                                                           interpreted this).

Free online update for Street Fighter X Tekken will improve
Tekken characters’ anti-air moves, change throw start-up
from 7 frames to 5 frames, and more, Capcom announced at
New York Comic-Con today (Thursday afternoon NY time).                   • Life recovery speeds have been adjusted, so that there
[8.25AM] Post update: Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono said we can                   are less time-outs.
expect to see more changelog details in one or two weeks’
time. Ver.2013 is still under development, so outside of the
changes they’ve announced today, no other change has been
The update, called “Street Fighter X Tekken 2013” or
“Ver.2013″ (following Super Street Fighter IV Arcade
Edition Ver.2012′s naming convention), will come to all
versions of the game (PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PC, and Xbox
360) in the middle of December, 2012.
Although Capcom has not unveiled the full changelog for the
patch yet, here are a few details that 4Gamer has uncovered
so far:

   • Throw start-up has been changed from 7 frames to 5
                                                                         • The camera or special animation activated during a
     frames (note: in Street Fighter IV throws are 3-frames
                                                                           Boost Combo (light, medium, heavy, heavy combos)
     on start-up)
                                                                           has been adjusted so that the battle moves along more

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   • Recoverable health’s colour in the health bar has been      • At the start of the round, the “FIGHT” graphic will
     changed, so that it’s easier to see. Comparison shots         dissipate more quickly.
     before and after:
                                                              Outside of system changes, the game’s characters will also
                                                              receive balance tweaks:

                                                                 • Ken – Shippuu Jinrai Kyaku will have more horizontal
                                                                   range (move forward further). Damage will also be
                                                                 • Kazuya – EX Wind God Fist is fully invincible from
                                                                   start-up to first last hit frame.
                                                                 • M.Bison – Kneepress Nightmare is invincible to
                                                                 • Bob and Paul – movement speed has been increased.
                                                                 • Etc

                                                              Will members of the fighting games community take to the
                                                              game now that it’s being, in a way, rebalanced? Will you go
                                                              back to SFxTK, Tokido’s main competitive fighting game?
                                                              Let us know in the comments.
                                                              Street Fighter X Tekken is out now for the PlayStation 3,
                                                              Xbox 360, and PC. A PlayStation Vita version is slated for
                                                              release October 23.
                                                              Here’s the latest trailer for the PS Vita version of Street
                                                              Fighter X Tekken:
                                                              Source: 4Gamer

   • The glowing effect that accompanies a gem’s activation   Launch of Mahou Shoujo
     has been changed (less glowing now). Before and after
                                                              Madoka Magika: The
                                                              movie Part 1: The Story of
                                                              By Cubie on October 16th, 2012

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika: The Movie Part 1: The
Story of Beginning was launched on 6th Oct 2012 in an
undisclosed location in Tokyo. To add on to the excitement, a
special appearance of the voice actresses was arranged for
the launch event.

The voice actresses were also there to stage greeting with
                                                                Lift doors doubling as huge posters!
all the fans of the series. The voice cast consisting Yuki
Aoi, Saitou Chiwa, Kitamura Eri, Mizuhashi Kaori, Nonaka        Original Series of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika was
Ai, Kato Emiri attended the launch event as enthusiastic        produced by Director Shinbo Akiyuki of Bakemonogatari,
audiences waved and show huge support to the guests on          Urobuchi Gen of Phantom (Game) and Aoki Ume of
stage, creating a huge hype for the event.                      Hidamari Sketch (Manga). The movie is adapted from its
                                                                anime series, which was aired in 2011. The story revolves
                                                                around a magical girl who faces a harsh fate, ironically for
                                                                a typical “shoujo” genre. Set in a grand setting with a heart-
                                                                warming touch, the dark fantasy series has gained popularity
                                                                for its grim and dramatic story development.
                                                                All 12 episode were reconstructed and split into 2 parts:
                                                                Part 1: The Story of Beginning and Part 2: The Story of
                                                                Part 2 will be launched nationwide on the 13th Oct 2012.
                                                                On top of that, they will also announce their new title
                                                                hereafter, so avid fans of this series keep an eye out for more
                                                                Source: Mantan Web

                                                                XCOM: Enemy Unknown – the
                                                                modernisation of a well-loved
Fancy a magical ride?
                                                                classic [Game Review]
                                                                By KarbyP on October 16th, 2012

                                                                In our review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis Games’
                                                                latest turn-based strategy title, we compare it to first and
                                                                third-person shooters like Gears of War. Why in the world
                                                                would we do that? Find out after the jump.

Added to the fans delight was a booth selling limited movie
merchandises, specially set up at the venue. Six hours before
the sale starts and there were already an estimated number
of 120 people queuing up for it, some even admitted to
queuing from 12 midnight the day before. Notably, the
popular goods were sold out within 2 hours!

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The modernisation of a well-loved classic
XCOM: Enemy Unknown has big shoes to fill. This turn-
based strategy title from developer Firaxis Games (makers of
Civilization V) is a remake of 1994′s X-COM: UFO Defense, a
beloved sci-fi classic that’s hailed as one of the best PC games
ever made, much less the definitive title in the TBS genre.
So, how does Firaxis Games attempt to modernise
this venerable classic? Outside of putting together an
exceedingly competent strategy game that can arguably
stand up to the original? Two words: “cover mechanic”.
Yes, the boon (some say bane) of modern first and third-
person shooters, whose popularity can be attributed mostly
to Gears of War’s success, is here in this game.
And when interpreted in the context of a turn-based strategy
game, it’s quite refreshing. At every turn, you always have the
option to maximise your mobility (and decrease the number
of turns taken to finish your mission objective) by running
out into the open, or go from cover to cover in your approach
which will take more turns to cover the same ground. The
number of turns you take might make the difference between
being able to save a whole bunch of innocent civilians from
the alien threat, or having to kill them all after a four-legged,
death-spewing creature called the Chrysalid converts them
into mindless zombies.
Read our full review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown through
this link!

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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
                                                                   What’s Minna to Issho: Friend Network, you ask? Why, it’s
  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku               a little-known free-to-play PS Vita social game app that’s
  and Japanese Pop Culture                                         only available for download via the Japan-region PlayStation
                                                                   Store. So unless your Vita’s hooked up to a Japanese PSN/
                                                                   SEN account, chances are you’ve never heard of it.
Hatsune Miku “hijacks” Minna                                       The point of Minna to Issho: Friend Network is to basically
to Issho: Friend Network (free                                     allow fresh new PSN users (this app was launched alongside
                                                                   the PlayStation Vita in Japan back in December last year)
game on PS Vita) [video]                                           to make friends online who may share their interests (every
Source:   player in Friend Network creates a publicly viewable name
issho-friend-network-free-game-on-ps-vita-video/                   card with some details about their interests), for the purpose
By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012                                    of doing multiplayer games, comparing trophies, and taking
                                                                   advantage of the other features on PSN.

Sega claims that this is a “collaboration” between Hatsune
Miku Project Diva f and Sony first-party app Minna to Issho:
Friend Network, but – as you’ll see in this video – this looks
more like a hijack than any sort of consensual collab to me.

                                                                   I haven’t checked out Minna to Issho: Friend Network for
                                                                   a while, but it looks like the current version supports RPG-
                                                                   esque dungeon exploring as a mini-game.
                                                                   Or at least, that’s the main draw in part five of a “Hatsune
                                                                   Miku Project Diva f X Minna to Issho: Friend Network”
                                                                   collaboration that started on September 28 and will last all
                                                                   the way till November 2.
                                                                   Parts one to four of the collaboration were tinier updates that
                                                                   mostly involved Hatsune Miku-themed name cards, items,
                                                                   and avatar accessories. Part four (KAITO and MEIKO name
                                                                   cards and costume items) goes live today. Here are some
                                                                   images of the collaborative content that’s available right

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                                                              and Hachune Miku. Kuro, Hatsune Miku and her Vocaloid
                                                              friends serve as bosses in the dungeon.
                                                              There’s apparently a story to this nonsense dungeon too
                                                              (Hatsune Miku the bad guy? C’mon Sony and Sega, are you
                                                              kidding me?). It all started one day when Kuro went about
                                                              his usual business of praising Hatsune Miku for being the
                                                              lovely angel that she is.
                                                              Toro, sick of hearing Kuro raving about the virtual singer,
                                                              yells at him: “If Miku is so great, then why don’t you
                                                              just get outta here and go live under Miku-san’s roof… I
                                                              mean, meow!” (「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「
                                                              「「「「「 in Japanese). And so that’s what Kuro did.
                                                              Seeking to stop Kuro’s rampage, Toro enlists the help of you
                                                              and your Minna to Issho friends, as well as Hachune Miku
                                                              who serves as your guide to the dungeon.

                                                              I don’t think the story’s supposed to make sense, but if you’re
                                                              interested in finding out, the Hatsune Miku Special Dungeon
                                                              (1,200 coins) will be accessible in the game from next Friday.

                                                              Courtesy of Zettai Karen
                                                              Children – The Unlimited –
                                                              Hyoubu Kyousuke spin-off
                                                              anime to be broadcast 2013

Part five’s content will go live next Friday, October 26.
The big deal this time around is a Hatsune Miku Special
Dungeon that you can buy (yes, unfortunately it’s paid DLC)
where you’ll lead a team of your Friend Network friends
on an excavation adventure alongside Toro (the white cat)

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                                                               Shining Ark’s 1st screenshots
By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012

                                                               show us what life on a
                                                               secluded island with a one-
                                                               winged angel’s like
                                                               By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012

A spin-off of otaku comedy anime series Zettai Karen
Children is headed to TV Tokyo’s programming belt
sometime in 2013, Shounen Sunday magazine reported.
Called Courtesy of Zettai Karen Children – The Unlimited
– Hyoubu Kyousuke, this spin-off anime revolves around
Kyousuke Hyoubu who’s an ultrapowerful ESPer and one
of the main heroines’ toughest adversaries in the original
anime series.
This was likely the Zettai Karen Children anime project that
the creators were talking about back in July.                  That’s literally what the concept behindShining Ark is,
Unlimited is said to be a “hard-boiled action” anime series    according to the press release. Experience life on the
starring the military-major-turned villain ESPer Kyousuke      secluded island of Arcadia, surrounded by nature. An RPG
Hyoubu, and will feature an original storyline different       that whose story revolves around islandfolks, whose hearts
from that in the ongoing Zettai Karen Children manga           are connected as one. A story that begins with the meeting
series, which will see its 32nd tankoubon (paperback comic     with a young girl (Panis) who’s praised as an angel.
book) volume released in Japan on December 18.
Here’s a picture of the anime’s exclusive unveiling in the
latest issue of Shounen Sunday (bigger version here):

Source: Manga News

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But there’s more to Panis and the game’s plot than meets
the eye, for when the moon in the sky shines a bright red at
night, a gigantic enigma will reveal itself. And the young girl
with the single black wing on her back will be entranced by
it. Like firefly to a flame.
What is this mysterious enigma? I don’t know, but I’m
guessing it has something to do with the “Ark” in “Shining
Between that tease of a plot, and Tony Taka’s (T2 Art Works)
excellent character design work, consider us intrigued for
Shining Ark will be released in Japan Winter 2012/2013.
UMD and downloadable versions of the game are priced at
6,279 and 5,600 yen respectively.
                                                                        In addition, four different editions of the double-A-side
Luna Sea’s latest single – The                                          single will be available in Japan: first-print editions A, B, C,
                                                                        and a regular edition.
End of the Dream / Rouge –                                              First-print edition A contains the CDs as well as a Blu-ray
comes out on December 12                                                disc that has both the music videos for The End of the Dream
Source:   and Rouge. First-print editions B and C will come with a
the-dream-rouge-comes-out-on-december-12/                               DVD containing either the MV for The End of the Dream (B)
By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012                                         or Rouge (C) on top of the CDs, and the regular edition is
                                                                        Source: Excite News

                                                                        Megpoid the Music#’s
                                                                        official website opens; list
                                                                        of producers and multiplayer
                                                                        support revealed
J-rock band Luna Sea‘s first new single after the recent                Source:
transfer to Universal Music will come out on December 12,               opens-list-of-producers-and-multiplayer-support-revealed/
it was announced today. The End of the Dream / Rouge is                 By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012
a double-A-side single release that will come as a 2CD set,
each containing one song.
Usually, a CD single release comes with an A-side song (a
main, titular track that’s played on radio stations) along
with a B-side song (a bonus track that doesn’t go under the
limelight). Album releases feature mostly A-side songs.
A double-A-side release means that the artiste in question
– Luna Sea, in this case – felt that both tracks included in
the release are good enough to stand on its own, and would
under normal conditions, be released as separate singles.               The official website for Megpoid the Music# has finally
Thus both The End of the Dream and Rouge will come in                   opened today. Still no details on the PSP rhythm-action
separate CDs for this release.                                          title’s gameplay, but at least we’ve got a partial list of
                                                                        participating creators (Vocaloid song producers, illustrators,
                                                                        and dancers), and confirmation on multiplayer.
                                                                        Over on the game introduction page, it’s said that Megpoid
                                                                        the Music# can be enjoyed in two different play styles:
                                                                        single-player (「「), and wireless co-operative play (「「「「「「

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There will also be some sort of “communication”
functionality where you’ll be able to interact with Vocaloid
Gumi, most likely in the “Gumi Room” mode that was
previously confirmed in Famitsu’s reveal last week.
Here’s the list of creators unveiled on the website:
Vocaloid producers
「「「「「「「「「 a.k.a 「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「P「「「「「「「「
「「「「「「「「P × Silent Symphonia「「「P「「「「「「「「「「「「「「
Knight「OSTER       project「PIROPARU「samfree「YM「10「

                                                               Megpoid the Music# for the PSP is slated to be released in
                                                               Japan Spring 2013. The game will be sold in both regular
Oh, there’s a fresh batch of screenshots too… well, partial-
                                                               (6,090 yen including tax) and limited editions (9,429 yen).
screenshots, that is. The image dimensions do not match
that of the PSP.                                               Source: Megpoid the Music「 Official Site

                                                               Singapore: Pre-orders for
                                                               Assassin’s Creed III PS3 and
                                                               PS Vita bundles start today
                                                               By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012

                                                               The new PlayStation 3 500GB super slim model (Charcoal
                                                               Black*), standalone, will retail in Singapore on October 23.
                                                               But if you’re looking to pick up a copy of Assassin’s Creed III
                                                               with your spanking new console,

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Sony and Ubisoft have teamed up to offer a handy all-in-one
Retailing at a recommendeded retail price of S$439,
the Assassin’s Creed® III (Eng ver.) PlayStation®3 Bundle
Pack is only $30 more than the PS3 500GB super slim
model standalone, but comes with a bunch of special
AC3 premiums on top of the console and a copy of the
game: you’re also getting a limited-edition Assassin’s Creed
III jacket, a PS3-exclusive DLC pack, and an “Uplay” leaflet
that details what actions you need to perform in the game
to earn points and rewards under the Ubisoft cross-platform
trophies/achievements programme.
The bundle will go on sale November 2, and pre-orders can
be made at selected stores from now to October 30. A regular
copy of Assassin’s Creed III (PS3) will also retail for S$78.90
on the same date.

                                                                  *Only the Charcoal Black version of the new PS3 500GB
                                                                  super slim model will be available on October 23. A
                                                                  Classic White model is expected to hit stores in Singapore
                                                                  November 22. Apart from 500GB models (S$399), there
                                                                  will also be a version of the new PS3s super slim with
                                                                  250GB of storage (S$369), available in both colours at their
                                                                  respective launch dates.

                                                                  Assassin’s Creed® III Liberation
                                                                  PlayStation®Vita Special Bundle

                                                                  November 2 also marks the release of Assassin’s Creed III
                                                                  Liberation for the PS Vita, and a bundle for that will be
                                                                  available as well, to be sold for the suggested retail price of S
                                                                  $399. In the bundle you’ll get a PS Vita Wi-Fi model (Crystal
                                                                  Black), a copy of Liberation, a “Mysteries of the Bayou” DLC
                                                                  pack, and an AC3 Liberation protection film.

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Like the PS3 bundle, pre-orders for the PS Vita pack start
today. Until October 30.
Assassin’s Creed fans who own both AC3 (PS3) and AC3
Liberation (Vita) will also be able to access the following
exclusive cross-play content:

   • Exclusive New York mission to play as Connor;
   • Connor’s Tomhawk
   • French Agile Multiplayer Character
   • Ammunition Pouches Upgrade

                                                              Loads of gunpla updates at
                                                              52nd All Japan Model Hobby
                                                              Show 2012
                                                              By sentinel011 on October 19th, 2012

                                                              Winter 2012/2013 will be a great period for all gunpla
                                                              kit builders and appreciators, as Bandai updates their
                                                              upcoming line-up at the 52nd All Japan Model Hobby Show
                                                              2012. We focus on the top 3 upcoming kit releases for its
                                                              Winter 2012/2013 release.
                                                              HG Gundam Delta Kai (December 2012 release) | 2600 yen ;
                                                              2790 yen after tax

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                                                               The new Mobile Suit as seen in Gundam Unicorn Episode
                                                               4 as piloted by Angelo Sauper. The kit bears great details
                                                               and proportions as shown in the anime, but we can’t help at
                                                               wondering about its hefty price tag. At 2940 yen, it is about
                                                               the cost of a small MG kit. We hope that the size and details
                                                               are comparable to the HG Kshatriya.
                                                               MG Tallgeese EW ver. (January 2012 release) 3990 yen after

This MSV kit based off the mass produced Delta Plus is
sure an eye-catcher for any Gundam kit builder. The kit will
complete the set of the existing release of Delta and Delta
Plus HG kits on sale.
HG Rozen Zulu (December 2012 release) 2940 yen after tax

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The Endless Waltz Master Grade series ends with a Tallgeese
release, slated for a January 2013 launch. The decent price
tag of almost 4000 yen is affordable, and we hope that it is
customizable to the Tallgeese 1 and 2 variants, considering
that the photo featured the base model with a Tallgeese 1
beam rifle.
More releases from the Unicorn series, as well as RG Zeta
Gundam and Gundam AGE series, are featured in the gallery

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                     Source: Moeyo | hobbysearch

                     Madoka Magica the movie’s
                     key visual for Singapore
                     has the Merlion in the
                     By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012

                     When it was first announced that the pair of Puella
                     Magi Madoka Magica movies would be screened in
                     eight countries (18 cities total) outside of Japan, the films’
                     official website said that a different key visual artwork would
                     be provided for each city.
                     To make every piece stand out, these key visual artwork
                     pieces were said to each contain something instantly
                     recognisable from the country it’s talior-made for. For
                     Singapore, that naturally meant the Merlion at Marina Bay.
                     Here’s what that movie’s key visual artwork for Singapore
                     looks like:

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The Merlion isn’t the only point of interest in the image
above. See that AFA2012 logo in the upper-right-hand
corner? You know what that can only means, right? The
pair of Madoka Magica movies were said to be screened in
each of the eight countries sometime between October and
Anime Festival Asia 2012 in Singapore takes place in
November. Concrete details for the movie screenings in
Singapore – such as the exact day and time – have yet to be
revealed, but should come very soon.
In the meantime, here’s a look at the movies’ key visual
image for USA, as well as the original one that was used for

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                                                                         Whatever it is, it probably has something to do with:
                                                                           1. Virtua Fighter – Akira Yuki yells “You’re ten years too
                                                                              early [to challenge me]“,
                                                                           2. A mysterious second game that has Japanese voiced
                                                                              dialogue (Shenmue?),
                                                                           3. Sonic the Hedgehog (sound of rings dropping),
                                                                           4. Virtua Striker (that’s the only Sega soccer game I can
                                                                              think of), and
                                                                           5. Virtua-On (I could be wrong, but that “Get Ready”
                                                                              sounds like it came from Sega’s mecha fighter… or it
                                                                              could be from Fighting Vipers).

                                                                         Another classics compilation perhaps? I’m thinking “2×5”
                                                                         refers to five games that are all the second titles in their
                                                                         respective series.
                                                                         Or the number “2″ could refer to “AM2“, who has worked
                                                                         on all five video game franchises above, if the Sonic sound
                                                                         clip is referring to Sonic the Fighters, which according to
                                                                         Eurogamer may be coming to XBLA.

                                                                         Senran Kagura Shinovi
                                                                         Versus: 5 new characters
                                                                         unmasked in this week’s
                                                                         Famitsu [Updated]
                                                                         By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012

Which of the three do you like best?

What could Sega possibly be
teasing at in this mysterious
“#2×5###” video?
at-in-this-mysterious-%E3%80%8C2x5%E3%80%8D%EF%BC%9F%EF                  Update [9.33AM]: now with magazine scans.
%BC%9F-video/                                                            Bigger versions here: 1, 2, 3
By KarbyP on October 19th, 2012

Sega has released a mysterious teaser video, entitled
“「2×5「「「” , on YouTube today. The video, which plays back
sound effects from five past Sega games somewhere in the
middle, ends with the cryptic message: “See you tomorrow!”
What do you think it is?

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                                                                  CV: Hiromi Hirata

                                                                  21 years old and a former member of the Hanzo Academy
                                                                  before Homura (lead character, voiced by Eri Kitamura).
                                                                  Although Miyabi once lost her memories and abilities after
                                                                  an accident in a past mission, she’s recovered them due to an
                                                                  incident. Now, she fights to restore the Viper clan’s former
                                                                  Imu (「「)

Source: 1, 2, 3
Original post: When NFSW ninja game-turned-anime series
Senran Kagura comes to the PlayStation Vita in February
next year, it’ll introduce ten new characters. Details on five
of them were unveiled in this week’s issue of Famitsu.
Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus -Shoujotachi no Shoumei-
(「「「「「 SHINOVI VERSUS -「「「「「「-) is a hack-and-
slash action title for the Vita that features twenty playable
characters (ten of which are new), the series’ trademark…
“bounce” physics, and local Wi-Fi multiplayer (ad-hoc) for
up to four. The game is scheduled for a February 28, 2013
Images on these five characters have not been posted on the
Net at this point, so we’ll have to go with the next best thing
for now: silhouettes from the developer’s official blog.
                                                                  CV: Chiwa Saitou
All five are members of the Viper Academy (「「「「「「「),
the antagonists in the series who oppose the heroines from        21 years old. Was caught in the same accident as Miyabi, and
Hanzo Academy (「「「「「「).                                           spent a year recovering in the hospital with her. Imu now
Miyabi (「「)                                                       aids Miyabi in her plan for the Viper clan’s restoration.
                                                                  Murasaki (「)

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                                                           16 years old, Ryouna’s twin sister. In the Famitsu feature,
                                                           there’s apparently a screenshot of her… clothes being torn
                                                           apart. Fortunately, some kind of adhesive tape is holding her
                                                           assets together (unfortunately?).

                                                           We’ll update this post again later when we find more
                                                           concrete information or images. For now, here are some
                                                           previous magazine scans from Kotaku’s gallery that should
                                                           give you a good idea of the art style in Shinovi Versus.

CV: Sayuri Yahagi

16 years old. A shinobi student who often plays truant.
Ryoubi (「「)

CV: Youko Hikasa

16 years old, and Ryouna’s twin sister. Prior to being
transferred to the Viper Academy, Ryoubi wasn’t quite so
Ryouna (「「)


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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku
  and Japanese Pop Culture

By walz on October 24th, 2012
                                                                     Square Enix also unveiled info on another release Final
                                                                     Fantasy X GREE, a card based RPG game that will feature
                                                                     characters from the Final Fantasy Franchise. And lastly
                                                                     Circle of Mana and Chocobo’s Chocotto Farm were also
                                                                     announced, but no further info was given.

Square Enix in collaboration with social game maker GREE
announced a new addition to The World Ends With You. The
World Ends With You: Live Remix is set for a winter release
on smartphones. Sadly though no gameplay details have yet
to be announced aside from the game making use of touch
screen features of smartphones and will feature some songs
from the original game.

                                                                     For Honorable Reasons…
                                                                     SGCafe’s Dishonored Review

October 24th, 2012                                                                                                 Published by: VR-Zone

By Neubronner Eugene on October 24th, 2012                                hearts (and thus their personalities) – as long as you’re
                                                                          within the confines of a blue spherical space he conjures.
                                                                          At the Osaka leg of Eiichiro, you can experience for yourself
                                                                          what that’s like.
                                                                          A life-sized figure of Trafalgar Law will be exhibited
                                                                          in a special “Punk Hazard Arc” experience corner, not
                                                                          featured at the One Piece Exhibition’s original run in Tokyo,
                                                                          and through the use of cutting-edge imaging technologies
                                                                          projected onto the figure, the corner will attempt to simulate
                                                                          what it might be like to witness Law’s Ope Ope no Mi (Op-
                                                                          op Fruit) ability in action.
                                                                          Outside of the Osaka-exclusive Punk Hazard Arc corner, all
What do you do with a pissed off personal bodyguard to a                  of the exhibits from the One Piece Exhibition’s Tokyo leg,
murdered Empress?                                                         held from March to June of this year, will be displayed as
A) Kill everyone he knows                                                 well. Most of these exhibit installations were themed after
B) Throw him in a jail cell for public execution to pin the               the Fishman Island Arc that was covered in the manga series’
blame on                                                                  volumes 61 to 66.
                                                                          Here are images of four of the installations from the
C) Tell the man everything a day before he dies so he can                 Tokyo run. From left to right: ”Comics Gallery”, “Bouken
break out and wreck vengeance                                             (Adventure) Panorama Theatre”, “Nightmare of Impel
                                                                          Down”, and “The Place Where ‘One Piece’ was Born”.
D) Give him supernatural powers
If your answer was all of the above, congratulations! You’re
wrong. Well, mostly wrong. Dishonored, the newest title
from Bethesda, is really all about… rats. Giant, plague-
bearing, rats. That will gnaw your face off, strip your body
of its flesh in moments, and then hunger for more. So much
So much so that our review is here, for you to scream along
with us at just how good that feeling of rats biting into your
flesh feels.

Osaka leg of Eiichiro Oda’s
One Piece Exhibition to
introduce Punk Hazard Arc /
Trafalgar Law experience
By KarbyP on October 24th, 2012

                                                                          The Punk Hazard Arc, on the other hand, takes place
                                                                          from volumes 66 to the currently on-going chapter in
                                                                          Japan. Outside of the Trafalgar Law installation, concept art
                                                                          or original sketches for the Punk Hazard Arc will also be
                                                                          displayed at the Osaka exhibition.
                                                                          Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece Exhibition in Osaka will be held
                                                                          at the Osaka Tempou Special Installation Gallery [大大大大
                                                                          大大大大大大大大大大大大大大大大] (mapfan, Google Maps) from 24
Trafalgar Law is the user of the Ope Ope no Mi, which allows              November 2012 to 17 February 2013. The exhibition is seven
him to dismember people from a distance without harming                   days a week, from 10AM to 8PM daily.
them, lift or displace objects of any size and switch peoples’

October 24th, 2012                                                                                                Published by: VR-Zone

From now till October 31, fans can visit and the exhibition’s        enemy is going to win with a self-pick “Tsumo”? Block it
official website to vote for one of 35 shortlisted pieces of         completely with your special skills!
illustration taken from the One Piece manga series. Prints of        You can check out the beta here, and be assured we’ll be
the winning illustration will be sold at the Osaka exhibition.       covering a review soon enough.
                                                                     Oh, and that’s my winning piece.

Source: Yahoo! Japan News

RON! I just won me…
TsundeRIE and friends?                                               Puella Magi Madoka Magica
friends/                                                             Movie screening details;
                                                                     earlybird package goes on
By Neubronner Eugene on October 24th, 2012

                                                                     sale October 24
                                                                     By KarbyP on October 24th, 2012

Asiasoft sent us word that there’s been a quiet launch for
their newest Free2Play game, Mahjong Hime. They failed to            Parts 1 and 2 of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie
mention exactly who was voicing the anime-styled, moemoe             will be screened at 9.30AM on Saturday and Sunday,
blobs who’ll be your opponents.                                      respectively, during the Anime Festival Asia 2012 weekend
Imagine our shock when we spotted that Queen of Tsundere,            in Singapore (November 9 to 11).
Rie Kugimiya was voicing! Alongside her are only slightly            There appears to be only one screening for each part of the
less well-known stars Shiho Kawaragi (Maki from Black                movie, so don’t wait to get your tickets if you’re planning
Lagoon, Mana Kuzunoha in Tenjou Tenge) and Chiaki                    to catch the Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie! Advance
Takahashi (The most impressive lineup of cameo’s we’ve               ticket sales will begin this Wednesday, October 24 at 12PM
ever seen, such as Haineko from Bleach)                              from the AFA Shop in *SCAPE or online via EventCliQue.
What’s more, while the game was originally from Japan,               A ticket to each day’s screening costs $28, and that price
Asiasoft managed to coddle/coerce/bribe/blackmail the                includes premiums like a Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie
devs into creating an additional new mode – Singapore style!         Promo Autographed Shiki (Replica) and an information
Fans of Taiwan-style or even Japan-rule mahjongs fret not,           booklet for the part you’re watching.
those are also available. Playing well nets you medals to
unlock further characters, voiceovers and pictures of your           If you plan on catching both parts, a $45 “earlybird special”
favorite anime ladies.                                               2-Day Screening Package is also available that will – on top
                                                                     of entry to both screenings – come with the Autographed
These character cards can be used while playing, adding              Shiki (Replica), information booklets for both parts, as well
a new dimension to your favorite mahjong style. Think an

October 24th, 2012                                                                                                  Published by: VR-Zone

as an A2-sized poster (of the Singapore main visual). But this       faced, after 2010′s to be continued 10少少少少少少少少少少少少少少少
deal is only available from October 24 to November 1, 11AM.          少少少少少少? (10 years later, what will these maidens think of
                                                                     themselves?) and 2012′s Show must go on 少少少少少少少少少少少少
From November 1 onwards, the earlybird deal will be
                                                                     少少少少 (Despite their pain, the maidens see a dream).
replaced with a $52 2-day Screening Package that won’t
come with an A2-sized poster.                                        In particular, No flower without rain is said to focus mainly
                                                                     on two headline-grabbing AKB48 topics: former ace Atsuko
All ticket packages do not include entry to AFA2012. For
                                                                     Maeda’s graduation, and the members’ thoughts on finally
more info, check out the info chart below (bigger here):
                                                                     having made it to Tokyo Dome (AKB48 held their first
                                                                     concert there on August 2012, for the first time in its 5-year
                                                                     Other topics covered will also include the members’ fierce
                                                                     battle for the group’s center position now that Maeda has
                                                                     left, AKB48′s rule against romantic relationships (although
                                                                     it’s not specified, this probably refers to Rino Sashihara’s
                                                                     former boyfriend scandal and subsequent transfer to HKT48
                                                                     as a punishment), as well as a look at the differing qualities
                                                                     of various members.
                                                                     Advance ticket sales for the movie-slash-documentary
                                                                     begins late November at various theatres and the AKB48
                                                                     Shop in Japan.
                                                                     Source: Natalie
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie is a condensed re-
telling of the 2011 hit TV anime series, split into two
parts: “Beginning” and “Eternal”. The pair of movies will            Tales of Xillia 2 x PUTUMAYO
be followed by a third one sometime next year, “Rebellion“,
which will feature an original script.
A teaser for Rebellion that includes a brief scene of Ultimate       collaboration/
Madoka fighting alongside Homura will be shown at the end            By IceTea on October 24th, 2012
of Part 2: Eternal, after the credits.
AFA : Anime Festival Asia 2012

3rd AKB48 documentary
– “No flower without rain”
– to hit theatres in Japan
February 2013                                                        Similar to the launch of Tales of Xillia in 2011 in Japan,
Source:   Putumayo is collaborating with Tales of Xillia 2 once again,
without-rain-to-hit-theatres-in-japan-february-2013/                 featuring outfits inspired from all the main characters in the
By KarbyP on October 24th, 2012                                      game.
                                                                     Their recently revealed line-up includes all the game’s
                                                                     playable characters, including Elle, for a a total of 10 fashion
                                                                     styles created based on them. There will also be a pair of
                                                                     socks inspired by Tipo.

A new documentary that examines the recent ups and downs
of popular Japanese idol group AKB48 has been announced
to be in the works, scheduled to hit theatres in Japan 1
February 2013.
Documentary of AKB48 No flower without rain 少少少少少少少少
少少少少少少 (After the tears, what do these maidens see?), is the
third such feature-length documentary to offer a back-stage
glimpse at the obstacles and achievements the idol group has

October 24th, 2012                                            Published by: VR-Zone

                     The clothes will be available for sale as sets at Shinjuku
                     Marui One Department Store from November 1~14,
                     although Elle’s beret (~SGD130), Leia’s cap (~SGD130),
                     Elise’s headdress and Tipo’s socks can be purchased
                     separately. Reservations over the counter will also be opened
                     starting on October 22. Online sales through the Putumayo
October 24th, 2012                                                                                                        Published by: VR-Zone

website will start on November 16 and all other Putumayo                   By KarbyP on October 24th, 2012
outlets will carry stock only in December.
Source: [Putumayo x Tales of Xillia 2]

“A Certain Scientific Railgun”
TV anime is getting a 2nd
By KarbyP on October 24th, 2012
                                                                           A new trailer for the film A Certain Magical Index: The
                                                                           Miracle of Endymion was shown at the Dengeki 20th
                                                                           Anniversary Festival today, and somebody managed to get it
                                                                           all down on digicam.
                                                                           It may be shaky-cam footage you’re looking at, but it’s still
                                                                           pretty watchable and the audio quality is great; I could hear
                                                                           every single line of dialogue clearly.
                                                                           Most of the lines you hear in the trailer has to do with the
                                                                           movie’s main conflict: for some unexplained reason, a Level
                                                                           0 girl named Arisa Nago (who Index and Kamijou meets
                                                                           at the outset of the movie) appears to be targeted by Stiyl
                                                                           Magnus and his team of magicians. When all she ever wanted
‘The announcements just keep coming out of Dengeki’s 20th
                                                                           was to sing and perform for everyone like an idol.
Anniversary Festival over at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba
this weekend. The latest? A Certain Scientific Railgun has                 If you missed the previous trailer for the movie (shown at
gotten the green light for a second TV anime season.                       Summer’s Comic Market back in August), check it out over
                                                                           here in our previous story along with the movie’s synopsis.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for October 27, when the
latest issue of Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh (大大大大大大大大                      A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion (大大大
大大) goes on sale for the actual juicy details on Railgun’s                 大大大大大大大大大大大 大大大大大大大大大大大) hits theatres in Japan 23
second season. For now, all that’s revealed so far is that the             February 2013.
title of Railgun’s second season will be Toaru Kagaku no
Railgun S or A Certain Scientific Railgun S (大大大大大大大大大大
S).                                                                        Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster-
In this spin-off series to A Certain Magical Index,                        spin-off anime is puchi-sized,
Railgun tells the story of Mikoto Misaka, an Electromaster of
the highest level (Level 5) nicknamed Railgun for her ability
                                                                           begins 1 January 2013
to flick a coin and fire it like a shot from the electromagnetic
weapon, as she goes about her daily life with her group
                                                                           By KarbyP on October 24th, 2012
of best friends – Level 4 Teleporter Kuroko Shirai, Level 1
“Thermal Hand” Kazari Uiharu, and Level 0 Windmaster
Ruiko Saten.
The first season of Railgun went on air in Japan between
October 2009 and March 2010, and was followed by an OVA
release in October 2010.
Source: Dengeki Online, mantan-web

This new Toaru Majutsu no
Index: Endymion no Kiseki
trailer conjures vibes of                                                  More details on the anime adaptation of Akane’sPuchimas!
Macross F [Shaky-Cam                                                       -Petit Idolm@ster- 4-panel manga strips were revealed
Footage]                                                                   earlier today at the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival. For
                                                                           starters, the series was described as a “puchi anime” with
Source:         each episode being roughly two minutes in length.
footage/                                                                   The upside of the super-short length, however, is that new
                                                                           episodes will be served daily from Mondays to Fridays
                                                                           (repeats on Saturdays and Sundays), and that all of it will be

October 24th, 2012                                                                                   Published by: VR-Zone

streamed on Animate TV and Nico Nico Douga. The series
premieres 1 January 2013.                                        Haruka Amami & Harukasan 大大大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大大
No word yet on whether the puchi anime series will be aired      ●大大大大2013大2大6大
on TV in Japan or not, but chances are the series will be net-   Ami/Mami Futami & Koami/Komami 大大大大大大大大大大大大大大
only (until they come out on DVD/Blu-ray, of course).            大大CV大大大大大大

                                                                 Ritsuko Akitzuki & Chicchan 大大大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大
                                                                 Azusa Miura & Miurasan 大大大大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大大大

                                                                 Makoto Kikuchi & Makochi 大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大
                                                                 Iori Minase & Io 大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大

                                                                 Hibiki Ganaha & Chibiki 大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大
                                                                 Miki Hoshii & Afuu 大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大大

                                                                 Yukiho Hagiwara & Yukipo 大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大
                                                                 Read more Idolm@ster stories here on SGCafe!

Details on the series’ production staff were also unveiled       Source: Dengeki Online
for the first time at the event. Gathering Co. (Kakko-
Kawaii Sengen!, Tono to Issho, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku) will
handle the animation work, with Tono to Issho (watch it on
Crunchyroll here) and Kakko-Kawaii Sengen!’s Mankyuu
serving as director and 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku‘s Tamado
Sao taking up character design duties.
Outside of the Net anime series, fans can also look forward
to a throng of single CD releases (12 in total) featuring the
different Idolm@ster and Puchimas characters. Each CD
will feature a pair of characters – Takane & Takanya, for
instance – and these will gradually roll out beginning from
9 January 2013.
Each CD, priced at 1,260 yen including tax, contains the solo
versions of the Net anime series’ opening and ending themes
(the ending theme will change every month; at least three
EDs have been produced), as well as an original track(s)
tailored for the character in question.
Herre’s the full CD release schedule:
Takane Shijou & Takanya 大大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大

Chihaya Kisaragi & Chihya 大大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大
Yayoi Takatsuki & Yayo 大大大大大大大大大CV大大大大大大大

October 26th, 2012                                                                                          Published by: VR-Zone

SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
                                                                   At the land party there will be two activities. One is called
  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku               the “Free Play”, and it is designed for humans to try out
  and Japanese Pop Culture                                         the game by completing a simple tutorial and two in-game
                                                                   missions. Successfully complete the missions and you’ll win
                                                                   a free XCOM-themed T-shirt.
Singapore – Win T-shirts and                                       The other is a mini-competition where you will take on
$20 shopping vouchers at the                                       a fellow human participant in a one-to-one XCOM versus
                                                                   match. The human who emerges victorious will win a $20
XCOM: Enemy Unknown LAN                                            shopping voucher to buy earthly objects with.
party tomorrow                                                     If you have played XCOM then you are fantastic human who
Source:   stays tuned to good news and have great taste in your taste-
shopping-vouchers-at-the-xcom-enemy-unknown-lan-party-tomorrow/    tasting organ. You should come down and show us your
By KarbyP on October 26th, 2012                                    XCOM tactics so we can learn and adapt to them.
                                                                   If you don’t know what XCOM is, relax earth human, for it is
                                                                   only a video game. It will not harm you, so come down and
                                                                   try it because I have heard through my shapely human ears
                                                                   that it is a good video game (our full review of it here).
                                                                   Need tips on what to do in the game? We have kindly shared
                                                                   all the human tactics we know over here in this feature.
                                                                   Here is a piece of image which my humanly ears have been
                                                                   told is called a flyer. But that makes no sense whatsoever
                                                                   because it cannot fly like my flying saucer… that I throw into
                                                                   the sky to play catch with the earthly creature known as a

2K Games is holding an XCOM: Enemy Unknown LAN                     XCOM: Enemy Unknown is available now for the PC, Xbox
party this weekend, and guess what, fellow earth humans?           360, and PlayStation 3.
You’re all invited. So come on down and do whatever it is
fellow earth humans do at a land partywhich I know involves
lots of ground, sand, and maybe some gravel.
The land or LAN party will be held tomorrow. October 27
(Saturday) from 3 to 7PM at the Alienware Arena Cybercafe
(formerly known as JCube Cybercafe), located within Dhoby
Ghaut MRT Station.
I have highlighted the all the key information in darker
black tone by pressing on the weird giant “B” button so your
human eyes and its sub-eye-part-thing-called-the-iris can
better take in the information (don’t you humans… I mean…
don’t we wish that our eyes were just entirely black so your
eyesight is not so restricted?).

October 26th, 2012                                                                                                Published by: VR-Zone

                                                                   No? Still don’t agree? You really want to see what I mean by
                                                                   Sure, help yourself then [very NFSW]. That link will take you
                                                                   to the trailer for the upcoming PlayStation Vita entry in the
                                                                   series, Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, which actually looks
                                                                   like a pretty fun game.
                                                                   If this is the first time you’re hearing about Senran
                                                                   Kagura, the series is about two factions of modern-
                                                                   day ninjas – our heroines are students in the state-
                                                                   recognised Hanzo Academy for young shinobis (国国国国国国),
                                                                   and their adversaries are from the Viper Academy private
                                                                   institution (国国国国国国国) – carrying out missions for clients
                                                                   that inadvertently clash at some point.
                                                                   There’s more to the plot than just that, of course. The story
                                                                   in the Senran Kagura TV anime series will follow that in
                                                                   the 3DS games, and lead into Shinovi Versus, a sequel that
                                                                   features ten new characters never before seen in the 3DS
                                                                   games (and anime series). Five of them have been revealed
                                                                   so far (pictured below).

Senran Kagura TV anime’s
2nd promotional video
shows you the meaning
of “saucy” (after it’s been
through the censors)
                                                                   Senran Kagura the TV anime is slated for a January 2013
                                                                   broadcast date. Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus comes to the
By KarbyP on October 26th, 2012
                                                                   PlayStation Vita February 28, 2013.
                                                                   Source: 4Gamer

                                                                   Nintendo 3DS LL Lizardon /
                                                                   Charizard limited edition
                                                                   to arrive just in time for
                                                                   Christmas (in Japan)
NFSW ninja hack-and-slash action game Senran Kagura has            limited-edition-to-arrive-just-in-time-for-christmas-in-japan/
lots of over-the-top saucy scenes. When the franchise finally
makes its transition from TV game to TV anime next year,
the saucy scenes will stay, but “over-the-top” goes out the
window, as censors need to ensure that the programme is at
least decent enough to go on TV (even though it’ll be airing
in the middle of the night).
That, in my opinion, may actually be a good thing.
Just watch the trailer below, and see if you don’t agree.

October 26th, 2012                                                                                              Published by: VR-Zone

By KarbyP on October 26th, 2012

Only in Japan (for now): Nintendo today announced a
new limited-edition 3DS LL model that’s designed after a
Charizard motif (or “Lizardon”, as they call him over there).
The Charizard/Lizardon limited-edition 3DS LL is
enveloped in a coat of black paint, like with the regular
edition “black” model that Nintendo recently announced,
as well as streaks of gold that trace out the outline of the
majestic Pokemon creature in style.
As with a regular 3DS LL unit in Japan, the Charizard/
Lizardon limited-edition will be sold for 18,900 yen
including tax (but excluding a power adaptor; you can use         Source: Pocket Monsters Official Site
your existing 3DS or DSi chargers, or just get it separately).
All Pokemon Center retail stores in Japan will begin to take
pre-orders for the Lizardon/Charizard limited-edition 3DS
                                                                  Vocaloid MAYU to be
LL from November 3 to 26. Unlike the previous pre-order           released on December 5
campaign that Nintendo did for the Pikachu Yellow edition
Nintendo 3DS LL, however, the Charizard edition will not be       along with 2 compilation CDs
sold on a first-come, first-served basis.                         Source:
Nintendo sure has learned their lesson – although the pre-        By walz on October 26th, 2012
order campaign for the Pikachu unit was three-weeks-long,
all of the available allotment sold out within hours on the
first day.
Instead, all Pokemon fans who apply to the pre-order
campaign will have a real shot at landing one of these units,
through a raffle lottery system.
To apply, you’ll have to fill up a form that Nintendo says will
be uploaded to the official website on November 2, and mail
in your entry to them. Alternatively, you can also head down
to any branch of the Pokemon Center retail chain in Japan
and fill in the form there.
Winners of the pre-order raffle will be notified on December      EXIT TUNES’ first original Vocaloid MAYU will be making
7, and the actual units themselves will be delivered to those     her debut release on December 5.
lucky, lucky folks sometime between 15 Decmber 2012 and
14 January 2013.                                                  Introduced back in May 2012 at the live event “EXIT TUNES
                                                                  ACADEMY”, the yandere and gothic-lolita-styled Vocaloid
Although currently the Charizard limited-edition in Japan         package will bundle a copy of Vocaloid3 software installed
only. But given that the Pikachu Yellow edition 3DS XL is         with Mayu’s voice library with 2 compilation CDs featuring
making its way to Europe this year, chances are we can            30 different artistes according to Mayu’s website.
expect to see the Charizard edition “HM02 Fly” outside of
Japan at some point in the future.

October 26th, 2012                                                                                         Published by: VR-Zone

                                                            K-ON x Glico: 3000 people to
                                                            receive original K-ON! goods
                                                            By Kirandra on October 26th, 2012

                                                            While a K-ON! and Glico collaboration might sound a little
                                                            silly, the results are anything but.
                                                            Called Houkago Icetime Campaign, it will reward buyers of
                                                            Glico’s Ice no Mi products – basically small flavoured ice
                                                            candies – with the chance to win exclusive K-ON! products
                                                            designed by the members of Houkago Teatime (HTT), the
                                                            band the anime characters belong to.

VOCALOID3 MAYU will also come in with limited edition
cell phone straps and mouse pad featuring 6 different
designs. Amazon is now accepting Pre-orders and the whole
package is priced at 11,500 yen

                                                            Over 3000 lucky people will receive the goods in this
                                                            campaign, which takes place in 2 rounds – a Christmas
                                                            Presents one in December, and another Valentine Presents
                                                            one next February. In the first round, 10 people will receive
                                                            a BIG Pick Set containing picks featuring the HTT members
                                                            and signed by their seiyuus, and in the second, 10 more will
                                                            receive a GOLD Disc Set with the HTT members drawn in its
                                                            center and also signed by their seiyuus.
                                                            In each round, another 1500 people will win an 3000 yen
                                                            Amazon gift card with an original drawing of the HTT
                                                            members on it. You can see the two sets below.

                                                            Unfortunately, taking part requires a Japanese address, so
                                                            K-ON! fans in Singapore will find it hard to participate.
                                                            Source: mantan-web, Glico
EXIT TUNES also released a promotional video to introduce
their new vocaloid as well as some tracks that will be
included in the 2 CD’s.
                                                            Nyaruko x OreShura special
Source:                                                     collaboration videos,, japantoday, RocketNews24             uploaded onto Nico Nico

October 26th, 2012                                                                                                    Published by: VR-Zone

By Kirandra on October 26th, 2012

Popular anime Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, scheduled to get
a second season, and not-quite-as-popular anime Ore no
Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (OreShura for
short) which is scheduled to air in January 2013, have joined
forces to upload two special collaboration videos featuring
seiyuus from both animes on Nico Nico Douga.
Released via the official Nyaruko Twitter as a message
from Nyaruko herself to the offical OreShura Twitter, one
video features Nyaruko (CV: Asumi Kana) introducing the
OreShura cast during the “Uu国-! Nya-!!” section of Taiyou
Iwaku Moeyo Chaos, the opening theme of the Nyaruko
This is a response to a video uploaded the previous day, in
which one of the heroines of OreShura, Natsukawa Masuzu
(CV: Tamura Yukari), sings the song Konton yo, mou ichido!
- which roughly translates to Chaos, Once Again! – to
celebrate Nyaruko’s 2nd season.
The videos were originally uploaded here and here on Nico
Nico Douga, however it seems that non-Japan users are
unable to watch them.
Source: Yahoo!

Tales of Hearts R – a remake                                           Tales of Hearts isn’t the first Nintendo DS Tales of title to
of the original DS JRPG title –                                        receive the PS Vita remake treatment. Earlier this year in
                                                                       February, Namco Bandai Games released Tales of Innocence
comes to the PlayStation Vita                                          R, a remake of the DS’s TOI with overhauled graphics, a new
Spring 2013                                                            opening theme, and numerous other improvements.
Source:   Source: Twitpic
By KarbyP on October 26th, 2012
                                                                       Sonic All-Stars Racing
                                                                       Transformed speeds
                                                                       to stores in Singapore
                                                                       November 16
                                                                       By KarbyP on October 26th, 2012

A remake of the Namco Bandai Games’ Nintendo DS JRPG
Tales of Hearts is making its way to the PlayStation Vita,
next week’s issue of V-Jump has revealed. Entitled “Tales
of Hearts R“, the game adds Calcedny Arcome to the list of
playable characters, and features reworked visuals and an
improved battle system, among other things.
The game is also said to be “fully-voiced” for the main
storyline, although side-events that focus on conversations            Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS3, PS Vita, X360)
between your party members, a trademark in Tales games,                will reach game stores in Singapore Novembe 16, which is
will not be voiced as per usual.                                       the same day as the title’s European release date, and two
                                                                       days before the North American release.
                                                                       Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed is the sequel to 2010′s
                                                                       Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, a game that in my opinion
                                                                       truly gave Nintendo’s Mario Kart series a run for its money
                                                                       (few mascot-based arcade-style racers ever do).

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The tracks were varied and spread across many of Sega’s
franchises – Sonic’s the main star here, but Super Monkey
Ball, Jet Set Radio, and even Samba de Amigo all shared the
limelight – and the game just had a speedy feel to it, with a
fantastic power-drift mechanic that rewarded skilful play.
And now for the sequel, Transformed is stepping up the All-
Stars Racing game with gates that you can drive through
to turn your race car into an aircraft or sea-based vehicle
(leading to shortcuts), and the addition of several other
classic Sega franchises: Nights and Reala from Nights into
Dreams, Vyse from Skies of Arcadia, Gillus Thunderhead
from Golden Axe, Shinobi’s Joe Musashi. Ralph from
upcoming Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph (which Sonic and
Dr Eggman appears in) is also here.

                                                                Hatsune Miku-style “Ita
                                                                Yakisoba” green-lit for
                                                                general sales at Akihabara-
                                                                based izakaya (but only in
                                                                By KarbyP on October 26th, 2012

Sure, vehicle transformations aren’t something we haven’t
seen before. Many other kart racers have had that. In fact,
in Mario Kart 7 (3DS), taking the race to the skies and into
oceans was something Nintendo really focused on.
Mario and Sonic have been fierce rivals since as far back
as any gamer (even those who don’t game regularly) can
remember. While it remains to be seen if Sonic All-Stars
Racing Transformed can finally overthrow Mario’s iron-
fisted dominance over the arcade-style kart racer genre, this
game does have one advantage over Mario Kart 7: since Sega
is a third-party games publisher now, Sonic All-Stars Racing    Akihabara-based izakaya Little BSD has confirmed today
Transform is a multi-platform title.                            that it will sell a Hatsune Miku-style “Ita Yakisoba” – which
                                                                first made headlines on the Web two weeks ago when it was
Which is a big deal if you and your pals are looking for a      sold at a “Moe 1 Grand Prix” event – at its store for the month
new kart racer to take on each other at. Regardless if your     of November.
preferred platform is Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation
Vita, or PC (note that the PC version will launch at a later    The Ita Yakisoba – “Ita” being the word in Japanese for
date), Sega’s got all your bases covered.                       “pain” (国) and a slang word that’s short for “painfully
                                                                embarassing” - would not be the first food item created based
So pick a platform, round-up some friends, drop by your         on the image of popular Vocaloid virtual singer Hatsune
favourite games retailer to make a pre-order, and get ready     Miku. Back in August, convenience store chain Family Mart
to put that pedal to the metal come November 16.                made a whole bunch of them.
We’ll beat you to the checkered flag online.                    But unlike those fine creations from Family Mart (the
                                                                production of some of which were supervised by Good
                                                                Smile Cafe), LittleBSD’s Hatsune Miku-style Ita Yakisoba
                                                                stirred a commotion unlike any other: the noodles were
                                                                dyed to a vivid-green hue, which many netizens found to be
                                                                unappetising and shockingly bad.
                                                                Nevertheless, the “Negi Shio Ita Yakisoba” (国国国国国国国国,
                                                                Painful Yakisoba with Leeks and Salt), priced at 700 yen at

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the event, was pretty well-received and completely sold out
in two hours.

                                                                   NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZORS
                                                                   EDGE SIMULTANEOUS
                                                                   RELEASE WITH WII U
                                                                   By walz on October 26th, 2012

Kuu-tan (国国国国), the manager of Koakuma no Utage Little
BSD (that’s the izakaya’s full name), speaking to J-Cast
News explained that the dish was conceived because they
wanted to create something that could only exist given the
sensibilities of Akihabara.
“In other words, we wanted to create a dish that would
stimulate one’s appetite in a way completely opposite to the
usual manner: by using a vivid colour and basing it on the         Earlier this month SGcafe had an opportunity to demo the
image of a certain ‘musical android’,” Kuu-tan said.               gameplay of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge, to follow up
                                                                   on some updates on the news for the game, Players can
“Many of our male patrons told us that they found the dish         expect a lot from this game not only from our good old Ryu
to be a little too unappetising for their tastes. However, there   Hanabusa but also with the added benefit of having to play
were also many female patrons who were just happy to snap          Ayane with her own set of moves as well as added screentime
it up.”                                                            and story.
Although the Ita Yakisoba was originally planned to be a
one-off item conceived only for the special event, due to the
overwhelming response to the dish, Little BSD was said to be
considering selling the dish at their store. But that was two
weeks ago.
Today, the izakaya has confirmed that they will indeed carry
the item at their izakaya, available only for the month of
If you happen to be in Akihabara in November and would
like to go down to try the dish, here’s a simple map
that Koakuma no Utage Little BSD has provided (Google
Maps here):
                                                                   With Nintendo’s upcoming new hardware console successor
                                                                   to the Wii, this updated version of the Game will feature
                                                                   intuitive touchscreen controls to control weapon change,
                                                                    Ninpo usage and more. Also, AI battles will be more intense
                                                                   since enemies with their improve AI will not wait any longer
                                                                   for you to take them out and veteran players/fans of the
                                                                   series can expect more challenge.

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North American release dates for both the Wii U and the
Game will be this coming November 18, whilst Japan will be
having the simultaneous release on December 8 (talk about
a great present for the Holiday season)




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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
                                                                         Fans looking to learn more about the project and perhaps
  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku                     make a donation can do so at the official Kickstarter page
  and Japanese Pop Culture                                               here!

“Kick-Heart” Kickstarter goal                                            Demon Gaze, a next-gen
reached, prompts addition of                                             Dungeon RPG for the the
new goals                                                                PlayStation Vita [1st trailer
                                                                         and screens]
By Rika on October 29th, 2012
Earlier this month, we shared a report on director Masaaki               By KarbyP on October 29th, 2012
Yuasa’s endeavour to utilize crowd-source funding site
Kickstarter as a means to collect donations for work on a new
feature entitled “Kick-Heart”.

                                                                         Kadokawa Games today announced that it will publish
                                                                         Demon Gaze, a new dungeon RPG for the PlayStation Vita
                                                                         from Students of Rounddeveloper Experience, slated for
                                                                         release sometime in January 2013.
                                                                         Here’s a first trailer:
                                                                         Set in the cursed land of Mislid, Demon Gaze tells the story
                                                                         of Oz, an amnesiac young man who possesses a spirit eye that
                                                                         allows him to capture “Demons” – mysterious half-machine
                                                                         life forms that humans do battle with – the way Ash Ketchum
                                                                         does with Pokemon.
                                                                         Oz now earns his keep as a Demon bounty hunter, and stays
                                                                         at the Tatsuki-tei or Dragon Princess Pavilion, run by its
                                                                         young owner Fran Pendor.
The fund has thus far surpassed its initial $150,000 goal
amount, and with just a couple more days to go ’til the
donation pool closes, new goals have been added!

   • 175k = Spanish Subtitles, +2 minutes (Total: 12
   • 200k = English Dub, with help from Richard Epcar, the
     voice of Batou in the English dub of the Ghost in the
     Shell Films/Series. LA Premiere Screening and Party
     sponsored by Titmouse Animation Studios (date to be
   • 225k = 3-5 minute animated Oorutaichi music video
     directed by Masaaki Yuasa
   • 400k = +30 minutes of extended animation (total
     length 40 minutes)
   • 1 Million = Kick-heart Feature Film

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As you make repeat trips to the labyrinth in Mislid to
hunt and return with treasures from, the Dragon Princess
Pavilion will serve as your base of operations in the game.
It’s where you store your loot, recruit party members, and
strengthen the members’ weapons and abilities.
Although Fran won’t be joining you as a party member, the
game’s first screenshots appear to be hinting at certain event
cutscenes where you might be able to interact with her from
within the Dragon Princess Pavilion (NFSW).
Outside of Fran and Oz, you’ll be able to customise the race
and occupation for all your party members. You’ll need to
strategise ahead if you plan on surviving the labyrinth –
Demon Gaze is said to be an orthodox “next-gen” dungeon
RPG, after all.

                                                                  And that sense of character design extends to even the boss
                                                                  Demons you fight with, two of which have been revealed so
                                                                  far: Mars and Comet.
                                                                  Mars is a war fanatic who loves nothing more than to test her
                                                                  strength and beat up bounty hunters all day and night.
                                                                  Comet, on the other hand, is a witch-type who rides on a
                                                                  mechanical broomstick and conjures magical spells out of a
                                                                  book that she carries with her.

Although you won’t be able to select a race or occupation for
Oz, you will however be able to pick a voice for him, to better
fit your image of the kind of protagonist you want to play.
Judging from these screenshots, it’s clear that character
designs – even though your party members are custom-
generated – are a very vital part of Demon Gaze’s appeal.

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                                                                There is a catch to using Demons as your allies, however:
                                                                from time to time they will go into berserk mode and attack
                                                                both foes and allies indiscriminately. Fortunately, players
                                                                will be able to decrease the likelihood of Demons going
                                                                berserk by raising their loyalty gauge.
                                                                But if you ask me, it’s a lot more fun to see your summoned
                                                                Demons kick into berserk mode. For instance, this is how
                                                                Mars and Comet look like when they’ve gone berserk:

When you defeat these Demons and bring their souls back
to the Dragon Princess Pavilion, you will be able to summon
them into battle as allies for future trips to the labyrinth.
Each summoned Demon possesses its own loyalty gauge,
which grows the more you use them in combat.

                                                                Source: 4Gamer

                                                                Talk to four “Tales of”
                                                                characters over the phone in
                                                                new campaign launched by
                                                                Tales Channel Plus portal
                                                                By KarbyP on October 29th, 2012

                                                                The best part? If you talk to your favourite “Tales of”
                                                                character enough times, he or she will actually call you back.

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                                                                  Different conversation topics are available each time you call
                                                                  – in fact, the site warns that there may be content that you
                                                                  will only be able to hear once, so if you missed it due to a bad
                                                                  cellphone connection, you’re out of luck.
                                                                  New to this version of Voice World is a “Combi Do” (コココ
                                                                  コ) or “Friendliness Factor” which tracks how close you are
                                                                  to a specific character as you call him or her over time. Once
                                                                  the Friendliness Factor reaches a certain level, and other
                                                                  conditions are met, these Tales of characters will actually call
                                                                  you back to chat.
Tales Channel Plus, Namco Bandai Games’s portal site
for their “Tales of” series of JRPGs, today launched a
promotional campaign that would let fans converse over the
phone with four characters from the games.
Which four characters? They are: Yuri Lowell from Tales of
Vesperia, Leon Magnus from Tales of Destiny, Asbel Lhant
from Tales of Graces, and Elle Mel Mata the heroine from
Tales of Xillia 2(which launches in Japan this Thursday,
November 1). Do note that the service availability for each
character is different.

                                                                  The service has already gone live in Japan, launching today
                                                                  with Tales of Vesperia’s Yuri Lowell. If you’re eligible to use
                                                                  the service, go over to this Tales Channel Plus page to either
                                                                  login or sign up for a new account.
                                                                  Alternatively, if you’re somehow not convinced that this is
                                                                  something that you might want to spend five minutes of
                                                                  your life to register for, Tales Channel Plus has also set-up a
                                                                  trial service line that you can call to see how Voice World is
                                                                  like, without having to register (but remember, Friendliness
                                                                  Factor only kicks in after you’ve signed up and registered
                                                                  your phone number.)
                                                                  Here’s Yuri Lowell’s calling card.

The service is powered by Voice World, which is the same
technology that enabled Idolm@ster fans to talk to their
favourite Im@s starlet if they bought some deliciously-
packaged waffer biscuits.
                                                                  Source: 4Gamer, Tales Channel Plus
This time, however, no purchases will be required. To use
the free service (you only pay your mobile service provider
for the amount of talktime used, typically charged at 30          ATELIER TOTORI PLUS FOR
yen per minute), all you have to do is sign up at the Tales
Channel Plus portal site, register a valid Japanese mobile        THE PLAYSTATION VITA
phone number, and call the service number listed on the site.     GETS MORE COSTUMES AND
When you call the number listed, a pre-recorded message in
a specific character’s voice is played back to you. The service   TOUCH FUNCTIONS
then waits for you to reply to the pre-recorded message,
interprets what you just said through voice recognition,
and plays back a corresponding pre-recorded response, thus
simulating conversation.

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By walz on October 29th, 2012                                      •
Atelier Totori Plus by GUTS will soon be released on
November 29, 2012.
The 2nd story from the Atelier series PS Vita release will
see new costumes, added touch functionality from the vita
and familiar elements reminiscent to the PS3 release (see the
full review of SG Cafe here). Downloadable content for the
vita will also include Othrogalaxen from Atelier Rorona as a
post-game dungeon.

Totori’s Costume that can be used
on events, battles and on the field                                •


                                                                With the use of the right analog stick the players can now
   •                                                            zoom in and out on the field map as well as fast forward
                                                                through the text from the events in-game.

                                                                Camera Zoom operation


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   •                                                                 •


The Vita edition will still have similar elements such as
increasing your adventurer rank through questing and
earning points to discover new locations. The battles are still
turn based and the game will still be time-limited

In-game Screenshots



                                                                  Atelier Totori Plus Game Trailer
                                                                  (C) GUST CO.,. LTD. 2012 All rights reserved
                                                                  screen コ are under development.

                                                                  Organize your schedule with
                                                                  this Kyubey notebook, and
                                                                  become a magical girl

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By Kirandra on October 29th, 2012

Ever wanted to become a magical girl too? Soon you can,
with this notebook that will be released on November 11.
Officially called the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Kyubey
Notebook 2013, it can do more than just organize your

The organizer features a quote from the characters
themselves each day, as well as a quote from Kyubey for each
Drawings of the characters in the organizer are, of course,
present. But what separates this from any other notebook          Source: mantan-web
is the New Magical Girl Personal Data Memo page, a page
where you can fill in your particulars and details – or rather,
the details of your magical girl self.                            Sword Art Online: Infinity
Full colour pages with character profiles and episode
summaries are included too. The notebook also comes with
                                                                  Moment limited edition
stickers of the characters and Kyuubey’s signature line:          to feature Asuna dating
“Make a contract with me, and become a magical girl!”
Should you wish to contract with this notebook, it will set       limited-edition-to-feature-asuna-dating-experience/
you back 1,260 yen.                                               By walz on October 29th, 2012

                                                                  NAMCO BANDAI Games’s Sword Art Online: Infinity
                                                                  Moment will see a release date in japan this spring. Details
                                                                  regarding the Limited Edition set of the game have been

                                                                     • An exclusive limited edition box
                                                                     • Infinity Moment Special Content DVD1
                                                                     • Infinity Moment Special Content DVD2
                                                                     • A soundtrack CD
                                                                     • Special booklet with Illustrations by Abec
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   • Custome PSP theme                                              •

The special content in the bundle will feature a “game
special movie” that will connect with the Aincrad story arc
as supplementary material.
The edition will also feature a “Together with Asuna Aincrad
Date Edition” chapter where you will be able to be Kirito and
ask Asuna out. In this special the 3D models will be different
from the models used in the actual game itself.



                                                                 1st SAO gameplay trailer
                                                                 2nd SAO gameplay trailer
                                                                 The game will be released on March 14, 2013 with the regular
                                                                 version priced at 6,280 yen and the limited edition at 9,980
                                                                 yen. Check out the site for the game here.
                                                                 No announcements have been made for release outside

                                                                 Image © Reki Kawahara/ ASCII Media Works/SAO
                                                                 © 2012 NBGI

                                                                 1st trailer for Nagi no Asu
                                                                 Kara – studio P.A. Works and
                                                                 Dengeki Daioh magazine’s
                                                                 collaborative project –

                                                                 By KarbyP on October 29th, 2012

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At Dengeki’s 20th Anniversary Festival last weekend, a                 By KarbyP on October 29th, 2012
promotional video was shown for Nagi no Asu Kara, the
highly-anticipated TV anime series that studio P.A. Works
has been working on in conjunction with Dengeki Daioh
Unfortunately, the stage event for Nagi no Asu Kara was not
streamed live on the Net that day, so the only way you could
have caught the promo video was if you were at the event
show. Until today, that is:
Nagi no Asu Kara stars Kana Hanazawa (Steins;Gate‘s
Mayuri Shiina) as the voice of Manaka Mukaido, the middle-
school girl you see running around and swimming in the
ocean in the trailer above.                                            Every Tales of RPG has had a lead hero and heroine, and
The anime series also co-stars Natsuki Hanae (Tari Tari‘s              Tales of Xillia 2 is no exception.
Atsuhiro “Wien” Maeda) as male lead and Manaka’s                       There is, however, something different about TOX2′s main
childhood friend Hikari Sakishima.                                     heroine, eight-year-old Elle Mel Mata: unlike all female
                                                                       leads who’ve come before her, Elle doesn’t fight. She’s not
                                                                       a playable character. (Correction: most of the female leads
                                                                       that have come before Elle; SGCafe reader Linz pointed out
                                                                       that Tales of Rebirth’s Claire could not fight either.)
                                                                       So why did the game’s developer make her – an NPC – the
                                                                       It’s quite simple really, as the following launch trailer for
                                                                       the game will show: Elle is easily the most charming and
                                                                       relatable character amongst the entire cast.
                                                                       Elle has to be endearing. By design. After all, Tales of Xillia
                                                                       2‘s tagline reads ”Are you prepared to destroy the world
                                                                       for the sake of a girl?” The entire game’s concept rides on
Not much is known about the plot in Nagi no Asu Kara at                whether or not the Tales team can make Elle a character that
the moment, but the text narration in the promo video is               you’ll grow to care enough about to have to contemplate such
hinting at slice-of-life youth romance, and – near the end             a hard choice.
of the video – some fantasy elements as the narration ends             And if this trailer below is any indication, I’d say the TOX2
off by calling Nagi no Asu Kara an “otogibanashi” (fairytale)          stands a really good chance of pulling it off.
in kanji writing, with its meaning changed to “fantasy” via
furigana spelling above it.                                            Apart from showing us Elle’s whimsical side, this launch
                                                                       trailer also gives us an idea of what main hero Ludger is like
                                                                       as a silent protagonist – did you notice that throughout the
                                                                       entire trailer, our hero did not appear to be reciting any lines
                                                                       of dialogue whatsoever?

Nagi no Asu Kara is expected to go on air on Japanese TV
sometime in 2013.
Source: Jamguru                                                        On your first playthrough, Ludger will not have any spoken
                                                                       lines of dialogue, as the development team felt that it would
Tales of Xillia 2′s launch                                             shatter the illusion that you are him, something that’s never
                                                                       been done before in the series.
trailer reminds us again why                                           The Tales team has taken the silent-protagonist approach
8-year-old Elle is the game’s                                          specially for Tales of Xillia 2 to heighten the sense that this is
                                                                       your adventure, the outcome of which determined by your
heroine                                                                choices: throughout the game there will be many decision
Source:   points where you will have to pick between two different
reminds-us-again-why-8-year-old-elle-is-the-games-heroine/             courses of actions that may affect the story drastically
                                                                       moving forth.

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On a second playthrough of the game, however, Ludger will            By Neubronner Eugene on October 29th, 2012
have voiced lines and speak his mind on all matters big and
Tales of Xillia 2 for the PlayStation 3 comes out in Japan
November 1.
Source: Famitsu

Tanabe Miku of AKB48
promotes Mazinger Z in
By Kirandra on October 29th, 2012

                                                                     Fans of Harajuku gals, Shibuya-kei 109 chicks or the sweet
                                                                     sweet styles of da ladies from Akiba are in for a treat it
                                                                     seems. Anime Festival Asia has secured the rights to Marble,
                                                                     the Tokyo Street Fashion collection fashion show that mixes
                                                                     theatrical performances with street fashion for a show to
                                                                     wow consumers.
                                                                     It won’t just be fashion on show though, as pop fashion idols
                                                                     such as Hikari Shiina, Aki Poyo and more (you may have
                                                                     seen them in mags like Egg) will be strutting their stuff on
                                                                     November 11 during the afternoon show.
                                                                     Rounding it off are performances from the lovely Love La
                                                                     Doll (who will release their new album Honey Bee just in
                                                                     time for the event) Kikkie and dance troupe Ginyu Force.
                                                                     Now, this isn’t your run of the mill fashion walk mind you.
                                                                     While it’s only been around since last year, these guys have
                                                                     been headlined by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu herself, and the line-
                                                                     ups coming down to Singapore are showing some serious
Anime Mazinger Z turns 40 this year, and on the 26th, an             street cred in the fashion business as well.
event was held to celebrate its Blu-Ray release.
                                                                     If you’re looking to catch up on the latest fashions in the
Called Ankoku Daishogun Night, the event had AKB48                   flesh, be warned: The base ticket is $28, although it nets
member Miku Tanabe cosplaying as the series’ heroine                 you a limited edition PRISILA partial wig. The VIP seats
Sayaka Yumi. A self-proclaimed otaku who enjoys                      are a whopping $88, and in addition to the wig you’ll also
cosplaying, Tanabe said that she was extremely excited, as           nab some presumably brilliant fake eyelashes that’ll make
she had order-made her costume and done up her hair                  you look just like a Shibuya lass as well as a quick photo op
specially for this event. Upon seeing the giant statue of            session with the idols. If that sounds like heaven to you, don’t
Mazinger Z on display, Tanabe was extremely moved.                   wait, as tickets are limited and the goodie bags are on a first-
“Yumi Sayaka really is a symbolic heroine,” said Tanabe, who         come-first-served basis.
has been a fan ever watching the series with her father, also        Source: AFA
a fan. “She’s strong, a little vain, and has plenty of hopes and
dreams,” Tanabe answered excitely when asked what kind of
person Sayaka was.
Source: mantan-web

Losing our Marbles: Japan
street fashion showing up at
AFA ’12

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  A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku                     Tales of Xillia 2: Fight Tales
  and Japanese Pop Culture
                                                                         of Destiny’s Stahn Aileron
                                                                         and Phantasia’s Cress Albane
Hatsune Miku Project Diva F                                              in arena mode
for the PlayStation 3 set to be                                          Source:

released Spring 2013, adds 6                                             destinys-stahn-aileron-and-phantasias-cress-albane-in-arena-mode/
                                                                         By KarbyP on October 31st, 2012
new songs
By KarbyP on October 31st, 2012

                                                                         Like with the first Tales of Xillia, Xillia 2 will feature
As opposed to a lowercase “f” used for the title of the
                                                                         an arena mode where you can take on various high-level
PlayStation Vita rhythm-action title, the PS3 version of the
                                                                         challenges under certain limitations. What’s interesting this
game is referred to with a capital “F” – Hatsune Miku Project
                                                                         time around is that you can actually battle past “Tales of”
Diva F.
Six new songs, as well as an unspecified number of
                                                                         Two of these characters have been revealed in the leaked
additional modules and customisation items, will be added
                                                                         magazine scan (of this week’s Jump magazine) below. On the
to the PlayStation 3 version of Project Diva F.
                                                                         left is Tales of Phantasia’s Cress Albane, and on the right,
There will also be a new mode introduced, although details               Tales of Destiny’s Destiny’s Stahn Aileron.
on that are still top-secret for now.
The PS3 version of Project Diva F will be compatible with the
Vita version’s system data and edit song data.
Certain features in the Vita version like the scratch mechanic
and AR functionality will not make it into the PS3′s Project
Diva F for obvious reasons. But Sega is at least keeping the
star-shaped notes in Project Diva f for Project Diva F.
A different form of control mechanic will be used to play
those star-shaped notes.
We’ll update this story later with images of this week’s
Project Diva F details if we find any.
Hatsune Miku Project Diva F for the PlayStation 3 is now
slated for a Spring 2013 release, moved up from its previous
“sometime in 2013″ date.

                                                                         We don’t know if there will be more at this point,
                                                                         although Destiny’s Rutee Katrea has been confirmed as an
                                                                         NPC in the game.
                                                                         In other related Tales of Xillia 2 news, this week’s issue of
                                                                         Weekly Famitsu is introducing two more “resonance” super
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moves: Bassaizan Ayami (祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓)and
Matter Destruction (祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓). More details on these
moves later.
Tales of Xillia 2 for the PlayStation 3 is slated for a
November 1 release in Japan.
Source: Twitpic

“Call of Duty: Black Ops
Declassified” PlayStation Vita
bundles land in Singapore
November 14
By KarbyP on October 31st, 2012

                                                                         First announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)
                                                                         in June this year, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is
                                                                         a brand new instalment of Activision’s award-winning
                                                                         CoD: Black Ops franchise that is set, story-wise, sometime
                                                                         between Black Ops 1 and Black Ops 2 (to be released on
                                                                         PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 November 13).
                                                                         On top of a classic CoD single-player campaign, Black
                                                                         Ops Declassified also has 4-on-4 multiplayer modes –
                                                                         complete with Care Packages, Create-a-Class, Killstreaks,
                                                                         Perks, and even Prestiging – that can be played online
                                                                         through Wi-Fi, as well as intuitive controls thanks to the
                                                                         Vita’s dual analog sticks and touchscreen controls: a melee
                                                                         is performed by swiping at the touchscreen. Lob a grenade
                                                                         in the precise location you want it to land at by pressing on
                                                                         the touchscreen.
                                                                         Players will also be able to hold their breath while aiming
                                                                         with a sniper rifle by using the Vita’s rear touchpad.
Stores here in Singapore will take pre-orders for these bad              Like the bundles, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is
boys between November 2 and 12.                                          available in stores November 14.
Two versions of the PlayStation®Vita Call of Duty®:
Black Ops Declassified Special Edition bundle pack will be
available, depending on if you’d like to pick up a 3G/Wi-Fi
model, or a Wi-Fi only unit.
Both bundles will include a special edition of the PS Vita
portable console that has the Call of Duty: Black Ops
Declassified logo printed neatly on its rear touchpad, as well
as a copy of the game.
For gamers looking to pick up a 3G/Wi-Fi model, Sony is
sweetening the deal by throwing in a bonus 4GB memory
card in the package for free. The 3G/Wi-Fi bundle (pictured
above) will retail in Singapore for S$519.
On the other hand, the Wi-Fi only bundle will not include a
memory card (sold separately), and will be sold for S$439.
Here’s what the Wi-Fi only package looks like:

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                                                                      Dragon Quest IX for the Nintendo DS – they let you visit
                                                                      special dungeons filled with exclusive booty that you will find
                                                                      nowhere else in the game.

Dragon Quest VII remake                                               Source: Twitpic

sails to the 3DS February                                             Hatsune Miku Project Diva f
2013                                                                  DLC pack adds Akita Neru,
the-3ds-february-2013/                                                Yowane Haku, and Kasane
                                                                      Teto modules on November 6
By KarbyP on October 31st, 2012

                                                                      By KarbyP on October 31st, 2012

Square Enix is working on a remake of Dragon Quest VII,
originally released on the PlayStation in Japan in 2000, for
the Nintendo 3DS, a leaked magazine scan has revealed.
The Dragon Quest VII remake (Dragon Warrior VII in the
US) will be released sometime in February 2013, and is said
to capitalise on the 3DS’s strengths. One feature mentioned
in particular was Street Pass functionality.
At some point in Dragon Quest VII you will receive a key              Hatsune Miku Project Diva f players looking to spend some
item called a “special lithograph” (祓祓祓祓祓祓祓) that you can             quality time with the Vocaloid modules Akita Neru, Yowane
then send a copy of to other players – and receive theirs –           Haku, and Kasane Teto will finally be able to do so next
via Street Pass.                                                      Tuesday, November 6, when Sega makes available on the
What can you do with these lithographs once you’ve amassed            PlayStation Store a DLC pack for the game.
them? I’m not sure, to be honest (the text in the magazine            The DLC pack, which costs 600 yen on the Japanese
scan was a little too small for me to make out all the concrete       PlayStation Store, will grant access to all three characters,
details) so I’m guessing this is a feature that’s similar to          useable in the Rhythm Game, Diva Room, and Edit modes.

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You select these characters from the EXTRA Vocaloid
module slot.

Although the three Vocaloid characters can be used in Diva
Room mode, Sega wants fans to understand and note that
they will not have individual rooms (all three will share an
EXTRA Room), that these characters’ animations might not
feel as varied as the mainstay Project Diva f Vocaloids, and
that the intimacy meter for these three will not increase or
decrease regardless of how much you interact with them in
the mode.
Additionally, in Rhythm Game mode, Akita Neru and
Yowane Haku will only speak in their own voices in the         Yowane Haku
results screen section after a song.
Kasane Teto, on the other hand, will not speak in Project
Diva f at all, because Teto has her own voice bank, and (I’m
guessing) Sega and Future Crypton Media were unable to
license it in time. This is as opposed to Neru and Haku who
do not have official voice banks.

Akita Neru

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                                                             Teto (“piled-up sound Teto”) started off as fan-made
                                                             derivatives of Hatsune Miku or Vocaloids in general.
                                                             However, they were eventually recognised by Crypton
                                                             Future Media (who holds the copyright for Hatsune Miku)
                                                             due to their popularity, and subsequently featured in Sega’s
                                                             Project Diva games.
                                                             Source: Sega

                                                             Try your hands at at DJ-ing
                                                             your own anime song mix at
Kasane Teto
                                                             By sentinel011 on October 31st, 2012

                                                             This year’s AFA in Singapore proves to not only have
                                                             interesting content from the organizers, there are also
                                                             interesting booths that await visitors in just 10 days time!
                                                             Try your hands in DJ-ing your favourite tunes (eventually)
                                                             once you learnt the basics over at Show Ning DJ Lab.

                                                             DJ-ing is often thought to be a vice hobby that involves
                                                             drinking tons of alcohol and the like. However, Show Ning
                                                             DJ Lab will show you how to learn the art of DJ and music
                                                             mixing like you never thought possible. The DJ instructor is
                                                             no slouch, winning several awards in DJ challenges in New
                                                             York and Japan over the past 10 years, so rest assured that
                                                             you will be taught by professionals.
                                                             The people involved have produced an exclusive anime pop
                                                             mix in preparation for AFA12! You can listen to the mix
                                                             here. Let us know if you can tell which anime songs are being
                                                             featured in the mix!
                                                             You can read more about them in their official press release
                                                               Interested participants and vendors may now have
                                                               a new lease of exposure to acquiring the skills for
                                                               meddling with the various genres of music: Show
                                                               Ning DJ Lab who would be showcasing their DJ-ing
                                                               talents live for the first time at the Anime Festival
                                                               Asia (AFA) 2012!
                                                               Show Ning DJ Lab invites both local and
                                                               international interests into widening their talents
Akita Neru (which literally means “I’m bored, going to
                                                               into the field of DJ-ing, helping to master the
sleep”), Yowane Haku (“say negative thoughts”), and Kasane
                                                               skills and understanding of the different cultures of

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  music. Be entertained and mesmerized by themes                   yakisoba noodles are themed after the ZANEEDS-produced
  ranging from various japanese animated series to                 song Pair & Young Davah:
  the familiar radio hits, something which has yet to              The new Hatsune Miku Baby Star snack (Baby Star being a
  be seen this year at the Anime Festival Asia.                    line-up of delicious munchies under The Oyatsu Company
                                                                   in Japan) is said to be similar to the Peyoung Dabaa cup
                                                                   yakisoba in taste, as the Peyoung sauce used for this product
  Led by professional and talented well-known
                                                                   comes from the same maker – Maruka Foods.
  instructors such as DJ toMU, the DMC NEW YORK
  2005 (1st Runner Up)/RedBull SOUNDCLASH                          “It’s good as a standalone snack, and also good to go
  2008 JAPAN Champion, the crew of Show Ning DJ                    alongside beer,” Family Mart added.
  Lab promises to leave their students enriched with
                                                                   We’ll have to take their word on that for now, but at the very
  the skills on not only DJ-ing, but also to understand            least it’s pretty much guaranteed that the snack will look and
  music on a wider perspective.                                    taste much more palatable than that other Hatsune Miku
  More about DJ toMU performance on YouTube                        yakisoba.
  here:                                Given that this new product is also themed after
                                                                   a ZANEEDS song, naturally Family Mart has asked
                                                                   ZANEEDS’s illustrator CHAN×CO to do the honours for the
  For those who are interested to know more about
                                                                   snack’s packaging illustration.
  the art of DJ-ing, you are encouraged and welcomed
  to checkout our Show Ning DJ Lab booth located at
  the Singapore Expo Hall on both dates 10 & 11th of
  November in conjunction with Anime Festival Asia
  Detailed information on our DJ classes would be
  provided at our booth so as to clear any doubts and
  queries anyone might have.
  Further information on our updates, affordable
  classes and course packages can be found in our link

  Like  Us    on   Facebook   today:                    http://
                                                                   Details on when and for how much the new snack will be sold
Family Mart to sell “Baby                                          in Japan have not yet been revealed. Hatsune Miku foodies
                                                                   will just have to wait a little longer to find out more.
Star Peyoung Yakisoba feat.                                        To make the wait a little more enticing, Family Mart is
Hatsune Miku” snack                                                teasing that there’s also some sort of secret to the Baby Star
Source:   Peyoung Yakisoba feat. Hatsune Miku snack – something to
peyoung-yakisoba-feat-hatsune-miku-snack/                          do with its “祓祓祓” which can mean the snack’s packaging, or
By KarbyP on October 31st, 2012                                    the plastic-bag carrier that you will take home the snack in
                                                                   – that it will detail in the near future. So stay tuned for that.
                                                                   Source: Family Mart X Hatsune Miku

                                                                   Hyperdimension Neptunia
                                                                   anime will indeed be aired on
                                                                   TV in Japan
The Family Mart chain of convenience stores in Japan today         Source:
revealed that it is collaborating with snack maker The Oyatsu      will-indeed-be-aired-on-tv-in-japan/
Company and convenience foods maker Maruka Foods on a
new Hatsune Miku-themed product.
Called the “Baby Star Peyoung Yakisoba feat. Hatsune
Miku”, this item is a crispy-noodle snack version of the
“Peyoung Dabaa” cup yakisoba noodles that the chain
previously sold. Both the new snack and the previous instant

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By KarbyP on October 31st, 2012                                            By walz on October 31st, 2012

We knew that Compile Heart’s Hyperdimension Neptunia                       Square Enix has released a trailer and screenshots for the
JRPG series would be getting an anime adaptation. But                      new character creation for its revamp of Final Fantasy XIV.
would it be a TV anime series, original video animation, or                The new shots also feature the new addition to the fray of
net anime (like Puchim@s)?                                                 classes for the game, the miqo’te. As this was just the alpha
Turns out, the series will indeed be a TV anime. Late last                 test version, other features would also be later added.
night in the wee hours of the morning, Rie Tanaka – the voice              Players who are playing the current version will still be able
of Neptune in the games – confirmed that for fans on Tokyo                 to keep their characters and carry them over to the new
MX’s broadcast of ani-world news and variety programme                     version as there will be an “All Worlds Character Data Final
AnimeTV.                                                                   Save Maintenance” on October 31.
The voice actress was invited on as a guest in the last of
five special Hyperdimension Neptunia introduction corner                      •
segments that AnimeTV ran over the course of several weeks
to promote the recently releasedKami Jigen Game Neptune


Still no concrete details on who’s making the TV anime series
or any sort of preview whatsoever, but at the very least we’re
looking at a full TV season’s worth of episodes, so that’s
something Neptune can be cheerful about.
Source: AnimeTV

A look at character creation                                                  •
in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm
Reborn (Alpha Test)

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   •                                                                    As much as I’d love to bemoan the lack of genuinely new
                                                                        content, at this point it’s just nice to see NBGI still releasing
                                                                        DLC for those who would care to pay for it, really.
                                                                        Apart from Mahou no Kakete!, DLC Catalogue 13 also adds
                                                                        a few extra costumes you can buy.
                                                                        From left to right: Halloween Tricker (祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓),
                                                                        Happiness Lupiness (祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓), Snaky Showgirl (祓祓祓祓祓
                                                                        祓祓祓祓祓祓), and Visitor From Space (祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓祓).


As for the alpha test, notification messages to those who
registered for the alpha test have been sent out and currently
the game will be limited to those who are residing in japan.
Tests for those outside japan though are expected to follow

Idolm@ster 2 DLC Catalogue
13 wants to cast a spell on
                                                                        Oh, and if you buy all the costumes, accessories, and song
                                                                        from this catalogue, Namco Bandai’s throwing in a complete
By KarbyP on October 31st, 2012
                                                                        bonus for free: Blue Bird Wings (祓祓祓祓祓祓祓), themed after
                                                                        Chihaya’s single, Aoi Tori.

Just because the latest Idolm@ster title – Idolm@ster Shiny
Festa (PSP) – is out already doesn’t mean that Namco
Bandai Games has to drop support for Idolm@ster 2 on the
PS3. On the contrary, they’re releasing Halloween-themed                If you’re part of that devoted, faithful following who’d still
costumes and song: Mahou no Kakete!                                     pay for Idolm@ster 2 DLC, you’ll be glad to know that all of
                                                                        the content as seen in the trailer above will be released on
For those of you who don’t already know, Mahou no Kakete!
                                                                        the PlayStation Store this Thursday, November 1.
was one of the ten songs originally conceived in the very
first incarnation of The Idolm@ster, even back when it was              Which happens to be the day this other Namco Bandai game
still an arcade game played with a standard-definition 4:3              is coming out. That also has costumes – both real, and digital
touchscreen panel (complete with interlaced scan lines).                ones.

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