SGcafe Anime, Manga, Cosplay, Vocaloid News For Otaku Jul 2012 Issue

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A monthly roundup of SGcafe.com News covering anime, manga, cosplay, vocaloid, dollfie, hatsune miku, otaku, akb48, jpop

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture COSMO Y outh P a r ade inte r view: T ai w anese cospla y e r , Nene k o Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/cosmo-youth-parade-interview- taiwanese-cosplayer-neneko/ By Mello on July 1st, 2012 Monster Hunter 4 o f ficial l y d a ted on Nintendo 3DS, Spring 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/monster-hunter-4-officially-dated- on-nintendo-3ds-spring-2013/ By Kyoka on July 1st, 2012 Hunting season opens next year on Nintendo 3DS, Capcom’s Summer Jam event in Odaiba has unveiled a new trailer for its flagship portable game we’ve come to love, Monster Hunter 4. COSMO Youth Parade ‘s Parade Ambassador, Taiwanese teen cosplayer Neneko , was in town to grace the event. This teen star has participated in numerous cosplay competitions and even appearing on a Taiwansese variety show on television. We managed to grab an interview with her to find out more about her and hear what she has to say about cosplaying. This interview was done in Mandarin and translated for your reading pleasure. 1. What type of characters do you look for when choosing a character to cosplay? I tend to cosplay “blur” or sensual characters. Like Yui from K-ON for example, but I do cosplay other types of characters as well, not just those two. 2. Do you have a pet peeve about cosplaying? I dislike people who will cause harm to others, other than that I feel that cosplayers should have to freedom to have fun while cosplaying, provided it does not intrude into other people’s personal space. 3. We have noticed that quite a number of your photos are of you cosplaying alone. Do you prefer to cosplay alone or with others? There are benefits from doing it both ways. When I cosplay in a group, it usually organize it myself and the group Shown at the event’s Monster Hunter Special stage, the trailer has a date listed in the end of it, Spring 2013. Of course each new entry to the Monster Hunter series comes with new monsters, levels, and new hunting maneuvers for players to handle whatever’s coming. From what the trailer reveals, familiar monsters like Rathalos, Rathian and Tigrex are still present, plus at least 2 new monsters for now, an agile strange wombat like-monster, and one thats a mystery, only seen in a large silhouette form at the end. And yes the hunter’s pet Felynes are back! With news of Monster Hunter 4′s release on the horizon, to top it off the recent announcement of Nintendo’s upcoming bigger screen sized 3DS LL, (or 3DS XL in America) this year, it looks like the portable world of Monster Hunter has just got larger. Source: 4Gamer 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone will consist of around 10 people. Cosplaying together with friends is not bad too because we can interact with each other and it is quite fun to do so, so I quite like cosplaying with friends. However, unlike other cosplayers from other countries, most cosplayers in Taiwan prefer to cosplay alone instead of in a team. 7. Do you feel that a lot of money has to be spent to make a good costume? To me it is not necessary, cosplay is being creative, so it is part of using one’s creativity and skill to to save money to get the costume made. You don’t need to spend a fortune on it. If you can do it and save money, you can use that money to make your next cosplay costume, I think that is pretty good. 8. You mentioned that you like to play games, what kind of games do you like to play? Umm, how do I put this. Games that boys like to play. (laughs) But recently I like to play Queen’s Blade & Queen’s Gate. K-On! x Zo f f Coll a bo r a tion Details Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/k-on-x-zoff-collaboration-details/ By Mycstea on July 1st, 2012 Images and details of K-On! and Zoff’s merchandise collaboration has finally surfaced! 4. How were you introduced to cosplay? It’s through my drawings, I like to draw manga characters. I think it is faster for me to express myself through my drawings rather than by talking. 5. In cosplay, it takes alot of effort to create a very good cosplay, worthy to compete in competitions, do u agree? Actually, no. I just want to do a good cosplay for others to see. For example, with Arhi from League of Legends, I discussed with the photographer what shots we want to achieve. The tails were all done digitally as they were supposed to be much bigger than the character’s body. Fans of moeblob anime K-On! have been showered with images of the actual products to be released in September, with pre-order purchases beginning July 20th 2012. Previously reported on SGCafe , details are much clearer now with regards to release dates and prices. As reported earlier, there are 6 spectacle frame variants, 1 each for every character. Each frame will be fitted with a non-degree lenses (without UV protection). An option is also given to fit the frames with glasses fit to the owner’s own lens degrees for a price of additional 3150yen. 1 mini “megane charm” of tea cups and glasses for each variant will also be given, along with metallic parts of each motif to include the representation of each character (their instruments). A spectacle cleaning cloth with printed illustration will also be included in a specially designed spectacle box with K-On! logo. Each set will be available for pre-order on July 20th 2012 noon at 5250 yen (with tax), while a limited 200 special sets of all 6 glasses will be available for a very limited time and exclusivity. The set will also contain 1 box to specially encase all 6 glasses. These special sets will only be sold on TBSishop online. Readers can have a look at the available designs below! 6. What other hobbies do you have besides cosplaying? Recently, I really like sewing my own cosplay costumes. I used to commission others to sew my costumes, but now I feel a sense of satisfaction sewing them on my own. 2

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Narinari , Yaraon Little Buste r s! Anime Gets R elease P eriod? Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/little-busters-anime-gets-release- period/ By Mycstea on July 1st, 2012 Leaked for a few moments on the internet, Tomoe Tamiyasu’s blog updates on Little Busters! TV anime. 3

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By shia on July 1st, 2012 As previously reported , news of Little Busters! anime has been scarce. However, the blog of Tomoe Tamiyasu updated today stating that Little Busters! anime will be on air this “Autumn”. Tomoe Tamiyasu became famous for performing both the role of heroine and protagonist in Key’s “Little Busters!”, and will once again be performing as its heroine in the “Little Busters!” anime scheduled to air this Fall in Japan. 民民民民民民Key民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民 民 民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民 Digicraft has announced that they will be making a total of 4 Idolm@ster 2 themed notebooks and netbooks for a limited time. The key features that they will have are : 1. Full cover skin featuring the girls from Idolm@ster 2. The above text was available on her blog ( link here ) before promptly being taken down. Currently it states that Tomoe Tamiyasu became famous for performing both the role of heroine and protagonist in Key’s “Little Busters!”, and will once again be performing as its heroine in the “Little Busters!” anime scheduled to air in Japan. 2. System voice of Kotori Otonashi (3 different versions: within office, outside office and delusional) A slip up such as this has caused a great deal of disturbance in the Key fanbase as fans begin to clamour for more news. The English text was supposedly to introduce and welcome new fans of “Tammy”, who is visiting Anime Expo this weekend. Hopefully, this announcement proves to be true, to stem the huge curiosity and demand for more LB news. 3. Idolm@ster wallpapers Source: Yaraon , Otanews 4. Special carrying case. Idolm@ster 2 original not e book/netbook announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/06/idolmster-2-original- notebooknetbook-announced/ The models will be priced from 79,800 Yen to 160,000 Yen. 4

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone so that you may earn duplicates of cards you’ve already got, for levelling or other gameplay purposes. During each loop there will also be a separate leaderboards ranking, and the top scorers in each story loop will receive special in-game prizes. Source : Digi-Tsuhan , PCwatch Suzumi y a Ha r uhi gets a social game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/06/suzumiya-haruhi-gets-a-social- game/ By KarbyP on July 1st, 2012 Just about every major video games or anime franchise in Japan has got its own social game these days. The latest to hop on the bandwagon? Noizi Ito’s The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi light novel and anime series. Nexon Co. – you know, the guys who published Maple Story and a bunch of other leading online games – announced this week that they are launching Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei (涼涼涼涼涼涼涼涼, The Reincarnation of Suzumiya Haruhi ) on social network service (SNS) and Web gaming platform Gree. Normally when we say “launch”, we really mean that a company has announced a product but it won’t be available to consumers until such-and-such release date. In Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei’ s case, however, the game is actually live right now , pretty much moments after Nexon Japan made the announcement yesterday. Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei , like most other such social titles in Japan, is a card battle game where you earn various character cards by progressing through a story mission mode. When you reach a certain point in the story mode, a “loop” will occur – not unlike the infamous Endless Eight story chapter in The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi – allowing you to re-visit events you’ve already experienced in the game 5

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 12 through 14, staff commentary on episode 10 and – curiously enough – illustrations for four characters from the “Mankenbu” (Manga Studies Club) cosplaying as Vocaloids Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Len, Kagamine Rin, and Megurine Luka. It’s not mentioned specifically which episode these characters will appear in, but since today’s update covers content that will appear in the anime series from episodes 11 to 14, it won’t be long before the mankenbu guys appear on-screen. The Hyouka anime series (涼涼, which literally means “frozen treat”), produced by Kyoto Animation and directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto, is based on a mystery novel by Honobu Yonezawa about four high school students who belong to the Classic Literature Club (kotenbu) in their school. The anime series began airing in Japan from January 26 of this year, and will feature a total of 21 episodes, 10 of which have already aired. To play Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei , you will need a Gree account (which requires an email address from a Japanese telco) and either an Android smartphone running 2.2 and above, or an iPhone on iOS4 or above. If you meet the requirements, point your smartphone’s Web browser over to http://pf.gree.jp/56653 to start playing; the link will not work on a regular PC Internet browser. Source: 4Gamer “H a tsune Miku” to a ppear in an upcoming episode of Ky oto Anim a tio n ’ s H y ouka? Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/06/hatsune-miku-to-appear-in-an- upcoming-episode-of-kyoto-animations-hyouka/ By KarbyP on July 1st, 2012 Eh? Hatsune Miku’s going to be featured in Kyoto Animation’s Hyouka TV anime series? As Konata Izumi from Lucky Star (another KyoAni production) would say, “ dondake ?!” The official website for Hyouka was updated earlier today. Source: Yaraon Go over to the site and you’ll find, among other things, a new piece of artwork (right), synopses for episodes 6

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Muv-Luv a r tist fi r ed o v er t r acing incidents Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/06/muv-luv-artist-fired-over-tracing- incidents/ By Xharky on July 1st, 2012 Artist Sou Miyata was officially dismissed from his position at animation production company Ixtl on the 10th of June. Ixtl’s press release states that the artist will not have any further involvement with the company, and does not give a specific reason for dismissal. Ixtl, a new animation start up, is in charge of producing the upcoming anime “Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse”. In this case, the artist has used Polyphonica’s crimson- haired character Corticarte as the trace subject. Her adult form was traced over and used for the Muv-Luv dakimakura on the left. In this case however, there are slightly more discrepancies between the two, and generally most people wouldn’t notice it. The poses used are completely identical, however the shadows are not exact. Some may argue that instead of this being a direct trace, it may have been a quick sketch duplicate of Corticarte being used as the base of the Muv-Luv character. More detailed comparisons are present below: Several Japanese blogs have reported that promotional artwork and dakimakura covers by this artist have been found to be exact traces from other series. Note the near-identical poses, completely matching models, and the shadow application on both the Infinite Stratos character and Muv-Luv’s. Not only is the body shape outline an obvious trace in the case of the Muv-Luv character, the shadows used are exactly the same, with only tiny changes and color swaps. Not just satisfied with tracing for promotional material, the artist apparently has also done the same thing for art that is to be used for a dakimakura. 7

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Here’s a new trailer for Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena from Atlus, courtesy of Famitsu.com who’s been given exclusive rights to air it first, being the Japanese videogames media powerhouse they are and all. This second trailer offers quick summaries of what each character in the game is fighting for, in a story set two months after the epilogue in Persona 4. Yu Narukami returns to visit his friends in Inaba, Yukiko makes a new friend through her new hobby (making bentos), Naoto Shirogane plays undercover cop, infiltrating into the Kirijo Group (from Persona 3), and Kuma tries his best to protect Labrys – a new character introduced in Arena – who’s been trapped in Midnight Channel. Simultaneously, three characters from Persona 3 - Mitsuru Kirijo, Akihito Sanada, and Aigis – have entered the world of the Midnight Channel, and are searching for the truth in their own way. The trailer also shows off cutscenes from the game. snippets of various animated Sources: Yaraon , ANN , SeventhStyle 2nd PV t r ailer f or P e r sona T he Ultim a te in Ma y onaka A r ena o f f e r s a g limpse of 4: all c ha r acter-specific sto r y episodes Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/06/2nd-pv-trailer-for-persona-4-the- ultimate-in-mayonaka-arena-offers-a-glimpse-of-all-character-specific- story-episodes/ By KarbyP on July 1st, 2012 8

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena comes out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Japan July 26 . An English version, Persona 4 Arena, is due August 7 in the West. Read more Persona stories here on SGCafe! 9

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July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Famitsu Little Buste r s! Anime M a gazine Leaks Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/06/little-busters-anime-magazine-leaks/ By Mycstea on July 1st, 2012 As eager fans await more news of Little Busters! anime, take a peak at leaked photographs of the anime redesign magazine images! As the previously released trailer from Visual Art’s Key official website declared the imminent existence of Little Busters! anime on the 1st of April, fans were skeptical about it’s authenticity due to the date of the trailer’s release. However, after multiple magazine confirmations, the news of Little Busters! TV anime adaptation is indeed true. SGCafe has not ran an article about the anime, thus this article serves as an information article about the anime as well. So far, the only information available is that it is currently in the works, by famed animation studio J.C. STAFF, directed by Yoshiki Yamakawa (Kill Me Baby), screenplay and composition by Michiru Shimada (One Piece), production by Kohei Kawase (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) and animation composition & character redesign will be handled by Haruko Iizuka (Inu x Boku. Also, news of the voice cast have also surfaced. The following are confirmed reprising their role in the anime version: • • Natsume Rin (涼 涼)涼 Tomoe Tamiyasu (涼涼涼涼涼涼涼) Natsume Kyousuke (涼 涼涼)涼 Hikaru Midorikawa (涼涼 涼) Inohara Masato (涼涼涼 涼涼)涼 Nobutoshi Kanna (涼涼 涼涼) Miyazawa Kengo (涼涼 涼涼)涼 Yuusei Oda (涼涼涼涼, Same person as 涼涼涼, just using a different actor name) Kamikita Komari (涼涼 涼涼)涼 Natsumi Yanase (涼涼涼涼涼 涼) Saigusa Haruka (涼涼 涼涼涼)涼 Keiko Suzuki (涼涼涼涼涼涼) Rin sure does look amazingly cute in those images doesn’t she? Source: Yaraon • • • • • Noumi Kudryavka (涼涼 涼涼涼涼涼涼)涼 Naomi Wakabayashi (涼涼 涼涼 , the same voice actor as the original Kud, Suzuta Miyako, using her THE iDOLM@STER seiyuu name) Kurugaya Yuiko (涼涼涼涼涼): Ryouko Tanaka (涼涼 涼涼) Nishizono Mio (涼涼 涼涼): Shiho Kawaragi (涼涼涼 涼涼, same person as 涼涼涼涼涼 and 涼涼涼涼… both used as Mio’s voice actress names from before) • • The roles of Sasami Sasasegawa and protagonist however, would not be reprised again by seiyuu Tomoe Tamiyasu. There has been no news of the participation of the character Saya, from most sources, although her back was seen shortly in the trailer movie above. The Opening and Ending theme has been confirmed to be 涼Little Busters!涼 and 涼AliceMagic!涼 respectively by singer Rita. Today, a series of photographs were leaked on to the internet, with preview images of character redesigns by J.C. Staff. Click on the gallery below to view. 10

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Civiliz a tion V : Gods & Kings Re view Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/civilization-v-gods-kings-review/ By sentinel011 on July 3rd, 2012 When it comes to Turn-based Strategy PC games, any gamer will instinctively think of the Civilization series. Does this latest DLC hold up on its own, apart from the parent Civilization V game? We find out more. 07th Expansion has announced a new visual novel; game just a few months ago and now they have finally revealed their release date! Rose Guns Day’s pre-order for the game starts 7th July and the game is set to be released on the 11th August for 1780 yen (approx. SGD$30). If you pre-ordered the game, it also comes with a bonus which includes a 32-pages book containing the character designs! Not only that, a new PV is set to come out soon. So check out their website for more information and details! Watch their first PV here! 07th Expansion is famous for their Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi: When They Cry) and Umineko no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) games series. Not only that, several novels and other games for different consoles were put out for these two titles since they were successful, with follow ups of other games, with Umineko being the third title in the When They Cry series, preceded by Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai , and followed by Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru . With 27 new units, 9 new civilizations, 21 new buildings and 3 additional scenarios, Civilization VL: Gods & Kings also has a reworked religion and espionage system. Gods and Kings add 9 new playable civilizations and repackaged one from a earlier DLC release. Our full review talks more on its many scenarios and units available. All in all, the game receives 7 out of 10, and Civilization V: Gods & Kings is a much needed expansion that reworks some of the missing elements that was not in Civilization V, its new scenarios add more variety to its already high replay value. It’s a good to have for any Civilization V player and new players alike. T o a r u Majutsu no Ind e x M o vie d a ted Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/to-aru-majutsu-no-index-movie- dated/ 07th Expansio n ’ s new game: R ose Guns Day r elease d a te confi r med Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/07th-expansions-new-game-rose- guns-day-release-date-confirmed/ By mijumijuchu on July 3rd, 2012 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Whether there will be an announcement for sequels to the Index and Railgun series after the movie is still open to speculation. For overseas fans, it will be a long wait till the BD/DVD releases. (Source: Otaku News ) By koppepan on July 3rd, 2012 New P r oject X Zone PV t r ailer is o v er 10 minutes long, sh o w cases ev e r y c ha r acter announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/new-project-x-zone-pv-trailer-is-10- minutes-long-showcases-every-character-announced/ By KarbyP on July 3rd, 2012 The To Aru Majutsu no Index film is set for premiere on the 23rd of February, 2013, in 29 theaters in Japan. The movie will be based on an original story by Kamachi Kazuma, and there will be new characters, content, and new story details in the film. In our Project X Zone news blast last week we told you that the developers were putting the finishing touches to a brand new trailer for the game. Well, it looks like they’re done. On Sunday, Namco Bandai Games released this humongous 10-minute-long trailer that showcases every single character that’s been announced so far. So if you thought the previous trailer was epic , wait till you get a load of this. On top of characters and their special move animations, the trailer also details a unit edit mode, and tells you how to get five characters fighting on the screen simultaneously. This part is a little complicated, so let’s take it step by step. Basically, characters in Project X Zone either fight in pairs (pair unit) or alone (solo unit). However, in the unit edit mode, you can add a solo unit to a pair, resulting in a three- man unit. In such three-man teams, during combat you will take control of the pair unit. At any point, however, you can hit the L trigger to summon your solo unit character to come in for an assist. But that’s not all; solo units are not the only characters who can support you in combat. A pair unit can assist you in combat as well, but the conditions for this to happen are different – the pair unit must be adjacent to the unit you’re controlling on the field. This will open up the option to call in a “Support Attack” by hitting the R trigger. During combat you can call in your solo unit and support attack unit to come in simultaneously, resulting in five characters ganging up on the enemy. Project X Zone for the 3DS is slated for an October 11 release in Japan. List of theaters in Japan showing the film: 2

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone An English version of the game has yet to be announced. Phantasy Star Online 2 b e gins se r vice in J a pan this W ednesday; p r emium pa c k a ge to come in September Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/phantasy-star-online-2-begins- service-in-japan-this-wednesday-premium-package-to-come-in- september/ By KarbyP on July 3rd, 2012 Although the game’s service will begin only on Wednesday, to avoid server congestion players are recommended to download and install the PSO2 client software prior to the actual launch. Sega recommends doing so between 2AM and 4PM Japan time. To download the PSO2 game client, go to this page here . The client is roughly 3GB big. If you’re currently enrolled in the open beta for PSO2 (which is still ongoing, until July 3 11AM JST), you will not need to re-download the game client again. The open beta version will be updated prior to the start of service. Like we previously reported , PSO2 is free-to-play and supported through paid premium items (go to our previous story for exact pricing details ). Players who’d like to start the game with a stash of virtual money (called “Arkz Cash” in PSO2) can begin purchasing credits from July 3 at 3PM Japan time. Other than on the PC, Phantasy Star Online 2 is also expected to launch on the PlayStation Vita and smartphones at a later date. Source: 4Gamer Phantasy Star Online 2 has a final release date! The free-to-play PC title will officially begin service in Japan this Wednesday, July 4, at 2PM JST (GMT+0900 hours). In addition, Sega will offer a premium package for the game through retailers in Japan beginning September 13 for 6,279 yen. The premium package will include an installation DVD, plus codes for a number of premium items: five sets of original weapons, 30-Day Premium Set, 1000 FUN points ticket, Mag evolution device, colour change item, Scape Doll x5, boost-type item set, etc. Sega has also shared a new trailer for the game today: S e ga to hold H a tsune Miku li v e conce r ts in Hong K ong, T ai w an Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/sega-to-hold-hatsune-miku-live- concerts-in-hong-kong-taiwan/ By KarbyP on July 3rd, 2012 Hatsune Miku fans in Hong Kong and Taiwan are in for a treat; Sega announced today that the Vocaloid star will be going on tour in those locations next. The tour – entitled Hatsune Miku Hong Kong & Taiwan First Concert “Mikupa” in English – will be held in October of this year, as part of the virtual idol’s 5th anniversary celebrations. This is the first time Sega has held a Hatsune Miku concert – which has numerous projectors focusing light on a mostly- transparent glass screen to make the virtual idol pop out like a 3D hologram (refer to the embedded video below) – in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Although thus far, fans over there have been able to catch Miku no Hi: Dai Kanshasai (March 2012) and July 2011′s Sapporo Mikupa concerts “live” through proxy viewing sessions held in cinemas. 3

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Apart from Japan, Sega has also held Hatsune Miku concerts in Los Angeles, USA (July 2011′s Mikunopolis ) and here in Singapore (November 2011′s Mikupa ). The Hong Kong & Taiwan tour will be Miku’s third overseas performance. <<< 14:00<15:00<<<<<< <<< 19:00<20:00<<<<<< <<<<<<< A<<680HK$<B<<480HK$<C<<280HK$ <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <A<B<<<<<<<<<<<<C<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<< HKTICKETING ( WWW.HKTICKETING.COM < <<<<<<<<<<< 2012<07<12<(<) 10:00 <<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<TRiKS <<<<< BBH/JELLYFISH <<<<< Crypton Future Media, Inc. <<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<“<<<<” <<<< 2012<10<6<<<< <<< Taipeishow<<<<<<<<( www.taipeishow.com.tw/ ) <<<<<<<< <<< 13:00/14:00<<<<<< http:// <<< 18:00/19:00<<<<<< <<<<<<< A<<2900TW$<B<<2200TW$<C<<1500TW$ <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Each location will see two shows held on a single day. The Hong Kong performances will be held at the KITEC Star Hall on October 2 (Tuesday), at 3PM and 8PM local time respectively, while the Taiwan concerts will take place October 6 (Saturday) at the Taipeishow exhibition centre, at 2PM and 7PM Taipei time. Concert ticket pre-sales for either location will begin July 12 (Thursday) at 9AM Singapore / Hong Kong / Taiwan time (GMT+0800 hours). Tickets can be purchased online through the following links: Hong Kong Mikupa – http://www.hkticketing.com/ Taiwan Mikupa – http://www.ticket.com.tw/ Note: As a bonus, all show-goers who pre-purchase tickets before July 31, 23:59PM will be entitled to a Hatsune Miku Hong Kong & Taiwan First Concert “Mikupa” original clear file (A4 size), to be distributed on the day of the concert. From the press release: <<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<< ( http://www.ticket.com.tw/ ) <<<<<<<<<<< 2012<07<12<(<) 10:00 <<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<< <<<< <<<<< <<<<<<<<<< “<<<<” <<<<<<<<<<<<<A4<<<< <2012<07<31<(<) 23:59 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<< BBH/JELLYFISH <<<<< Crypton Future Media, Inc. Source: 4Gamer <<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< “<<<<” Conce r t Re view: ONE OK R OCK Sing a po r e Sta r t W alking T he W o r ld T our 2012 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/concert-review-one-ok-rock- singapore-start-walking-the-world-tour-2012/ By bj0rN on July 3rd, 2012 On 30th June 2012, the air of anticipation was tight for the whole afternoon before the start of the concert at SCAPE* Warehouse. People were queuing for almost half a day ahead <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< “MIKUPA<” < < <<Hatsune Miku Hong Kong & Taiwan First concert “MIKUPA<” <<<<<< <<<< << <<<<<<<<<< “<<<<” <<<< 2012<10<2<<<< <<<KITEC Star Hall ( http://www.kitec.com.hk/ ) <<<<<<<< 4

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone prior to the start of the concert and even the rain didn’t prove to be much of an obstacle for them. The area was robust with fans of various ages and ethnicity. Drummer Tomoya was great throughout the concert with his performance while Guitarist Toru impresses everyone with his powerful rush of chords with Ryota doing a great job on the bass. Taka’s stage presence was great as he interacts with the fans. Unlike other concerts where I’ve been to where fans will keep to their spirit with colourful light sticks that sway to the rhythm of the songs, the fans here would keep their arms raised high and pump their fist into the air and jump along. It’s nice to get fans to partake and sing along with the performance for “Answer is Near”. Fans were singing in harmony for this song as they called for encore later on during the concert. “Wherever you are” brought tears to my eyes as I stood there and listened to the nice guitar play by Toru while Taka sang, putting in a lot of feelings into it. © Amuse / J-LIVE ASIA The fans turned out in full force to see their favourite band, not only from Singapore but from Taipei and even Korea, many of whom had flown over just to see the band on its World Tour or followed them from their previous location. Fans were singing out to show their love and appreciation for One OK Rock’s visit while they interact with each other. Fans of the Japanese rock band queued to get their hands on One OK Rock’s live goods such as T-shirts, towels, iPhone cases and stickers. One Ok Rock is a Japanese rock band formed in 2005, comprising of Taka (vocalist), Toru (guitarist), Ryota (bassist), and Tomoya (drummer). The name of the band means “One o’clock”, which is the time the band used to start for the regular jamming sessions. They try to stylise the name by changing “o’clock” to “o’krock”, which was then separated to become “OK Rock”. © Amuse / J-LIVE ASIA The peak of the performance was probably during “NO SCARED” as the fans starting lifting off the ground higher and higher. It finally came to an end with “Kenzen Kankaku Dreamer” but the fans wanted more and chanted for an encore. Their calls got reciprocated when One OK Rock came back on for another two more encore songs, ” Jibun Rock” and “Naihi Shinsho”. One OK Rock, without a doubt rocked their audience at SCAPE* Warehouse. Many fans went home with ringing in their ears, yet with gleeful smiles, knowing that the band promised to be back in the future. © Amuse / J-LIVE ASIA Minutes after seven, Singapore fans of One OK Rock finally got their chance to meet and rock together with their favourite Japanese rock band at the SCAPE* Warehouse. The lights dimmed out to cue the fans to be ready and they were treated to an impressive performance on stage. Like the other fans, it was my first time attending the concert and to be honest, I have not heard a single song of theirs prior to attending it. My initial impression was that they are very unique group, with strong American alternate rock influences. Bands such as Jimmy Eat World and BACK- ON was one of the groups I could relate to with strong comparisons. 5

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By sentinel011 on July 3rd, 2012 Starting this Summer, SGCafe will be featuring 10 anime titles that will attract anime fans! If you are undecided as to which anime to watch this upcoming season, you may wish to consult SGCafe’s seasonal anime recommendations! Before we begin, we must highlight that all anime titles featured here does not constitute anime that fans must watch. It is a list of recommended anime that we at SGCafe feel will of interest to most anime fans. Not all of the titles featured will be on streaming sites like Niconico or Crunchyroll either. Title: Rinne no Lagrange Season 2( 輪輪輪輪輪輪輪輪輪 season 2) Studio: Xebec Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi Voice cast: Ishihara Kaori (Kanna from Ano Natsu de Matteru) Seto Asami (Chihaya Ayase from Chihayafuru) Kayano Ai (Honma Meiko from Ano Hana) Why Recommend? The second season of this typical shounen anime overrun by girls, subtle drama and pretty cool mecha fight scenes, this light hearted anime also has obvious hints of serious drama splattered all over the first season, and we are expecting the second season to wrap things up, as well as clear up the mystery of the ‘Blossoming of Rinne’. Watch this if you like: Mecha, spiffy fight scenes, cute girls with drama —– SGCa f e R ecommends: 10 anime of Summer 2012 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/sgcafe-recommends-10-anime-of- summer-2012/ Title: TARI TARI Studio: P.A Works Genre: Drama, Slice-of-Life Voice cast: Takagaki Ayahi (Grace Feldt from Gundam 00) Seto Asami (Chihaya Ayase from Chihayafuru) 6

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Hayami Saori (Aragaki Ayase from OreImo) Why Recommend? The producer, character designer and composer of Spring 2011 anime Hanasaku Iroha return for TARI TARI, and the premise of the lives of three high school girls each have their own goals and troubles. While a slice-of-life anime can be rather dreary in plot on occasions, P.A Works might be able to produce something that will differentiate itself from its HanaIro. That said, P.A Works has been consistent in their animation quality. Watch this if you like: Great art, cute girls, slice-of-life —- Title : Moyashimon Returns Studio: Shirogumi, Telecom Animation Genre:Comedy, Slice-of-Life Voice cast:Sakaguchi Daisuke (Fukube Satoshi from Hyouka) Nishimura Tomomichi (Richard Mardukas from Full Metal Panic!) Ohara Sayaka (Irisviel von Einzbern from Fate/ Zero) Touma Yumi (Urd from Ah! My Goddess) Why Recommend? One cannot say no to the cute talking microbes, so much so that a sequel was eventually made. Interesting aspects about microbiology, fermentation and cultivation continues with the veteran voice cast. Despite the setting being in university, various antics and stupidity amongst the characters pop up frequently. We bet Biology students from Secondary, Polytechnic and University students will find this both interesting and amusing to watch. Watch this if you like: Cute mascots, comedy, craziness —- Title : Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Studio: Satelight, lxtl Genre:Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Voice cast: Nakahara Mai Clannad) Nabatame Hitomi OreImo) (Furukawa (Makishima Nagisa from Saori from Ono Daisuke (Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji) Why Recommend?The previous game-to-anime adaptation from âge was popular emotional train wreck drama Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, and it was popular enough to be aired on local television channels in Singapore. But this time, the adaptation is from the game’s spinoff light novel. Plot-wise, one can expect the first half of the anime to be a generic Sci-Fi anime of humans defending Earth from aliens with gigantic robots, but when it comes to âge, the plot is never that simple. Satelight has proved that they can animate decent mecha fight scenes with the recent Aquarion3 EVOL, but can they stay true to the plot and pacing of the light novel? Nevertheless, if all things go smoothly, this anime might just be this season’s blockbuster hit, like Muv-Luv Alternative did in the visual novel category. Watch this if you like: Mecha, busty girls in skin tight suits, engaging plot —- Title : Natsuyuki Rendezvous Studio: Dogakobo Genre: Drama, Slice-of-Life Voice cast: Nakamura Yuuichi (Oreki Houtarou from Hyouka) Oohara Sayaka (Irisviel von Einzbern from Fate/Zero) Fukuyama Jun (Panda from Shirokuma Cafe) Why Recommend? Noitamina’s other offering this season is Natsuyuki Rendezvous, a josei manga by Kawachi Haruka, animated by studio Dogakobo (Yuruyuri, 11eyes). It features a stellar voice cast of familiar names, and has a quirky plot befitting of the noitaminA programme block. The story involves a young man who falls in love with the owner of the floral shop he 7

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone works at, only to meet the spirit of her dead husband in her apartment. to the show. Director Fujita Youichi has also previously worked on other shounen series such as Gintama and Kekkaishi, so fans of shounen anime can look forward to this. The opening song will be sung by Pico (a popular utaite from Nico Nico Douga). Watch this if you like: Comedy —- Watch this if you like: —- Romance, josei, supernatural Title : Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate Studio: AIC Build Genre: Harem, Romance Voice cast: Nakamura Yuuichi (Oreki Houtarou Hyouka) Imai Asami (Makise Kurisu from STEINS;GATE) from Title : Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. Studio: feel Genre: Comedy, Romance Voice cast:Endo Aya (Sasako in Shirokuma Cafe) Shimono Hiro (Kasugano Haruka in Yosuga no Sora) Ishihara Kaori (Kyono Madoka in Rinne no Lagrange) Why Recommend?From the studio who brought us Papa no iu koto wo kikinasai!, Mayo Chiki and Yosuga no Sora, comes an adaptation of the light novel series, Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. Fans can expect love-comedy and fanservice from this title, as the premise is about the main character, Kaga Ryousuke losing his sex drive to an elite death god (Lisara Restall). Watch this if you like: Comedy —- Nakamura Eriko (Amami Haruka from IDOLM@STER) Why Recommend?Love, Election and Chocolate is an anime adaptation of the visual novel of the same name by sprite. Known for its beautiful backgrounds and CG, it will be interesting to see how the original character designs will be reflected in the animated version. The voice cast is also something to look forward to. The plot is set around the student council elections, in which the main character Oojima Yuuki participates in, and finds out about issues surrounding the school in the process. Watch this if you like: Harems, school-life stories —- Title : Binbougami ga! Studio: Sunrise Genre: Shounen, Comedy. Voice cast:Hanazawa Kana Bakemonogatari) Title : Sword Art Online Studio: A-1 Pictures Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi Voice cast:Tomatsu Haruka (Nagi in Kannagi) Itou Kanae (Saten Ruiko in Railgun) Taketatsu Ayana (Nakano Azusa from K-On!) Why Recommend?Fans of Accel World will probably want to catch Sword Art Online, as they share the same author, Kawahara Reki. A-1 Pictures (Tsuritama, The IDOLM@STER) will be creating this adaptation, and the music will be by acclaimed composer Kajiura Yuki. (Sengoku Nadeko from Inoue Kikuko (Belldandy in Aa! Megami-sama) Uchiyama Yumi (Nagi from A-channel) Why Recommend?Sunrise’s offering for the upcoming season is an adaptation of Sukeno Yoshiaki’s manga which ran in Jump SQ. The main character is voiced by popular seiyuu Hanazawa Kana, and the voice cast is a definite draw 8

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Watch this if you like: Science Fiction —- For the Fate/Zero Next Encounter, social game, the full set of teaser images of the master/servant pair has been revealed just recently. Here are the “suggested pairings” from their official site : Title : Kokoro Connect Studio: Silver Link Genre: School Life, Supernatural Voice cast: Mizushima Takahiro (Takamatsu Beats!) Aki Toyosaki (Hirasawa Yui from K-On!) from Angel Sawashiro Miyuki (Kanbaru Suruga from Bakemonogatari) Hisako Kanemoto (Ika Musume from Shinryaku! Ika Musume) Takuma Terashima (Apollo from Sousei no Aquarion) Why Recommend?School life will never be the same again for the five friends who mysteriously switch bodies with each other. The best thing is, it happens only between people of the opposite gender. As the five of them slowly realize that this phenomenon not only happened to them, but everyone else in their school. Kokoro Connect has released a pre-season teaser of their first episode, that surprisingly feels like a supernatural- ish K-On! with guys. Nevertheless, the anime will prove entertaining with many hilarious situations from the five main characters who find themselves in numerous awkward situations. Watch this if you like: K-On, Supernatural, Comedy —- Kotomine Kirei/Saber Tell us what are your anime picks for Summer 2012! Social Games: F a te/Ze r o and Guilty C r o wn Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/social-games-fatezero-and-guilty- crown/ By mijumijuchu on July 3rd, 2012 According to Crunchyroll, the Conteride game brand, a group of three companies consisting of Strategy & Partners , Waver Velvet/Lancer DIGITURBO , and Good Smile Company has revealed the character visuals for their up-coming social games based in two popular anime series Fate/Zero and Guilty Crown . Both games are scheduled to launch on feature phones and smartphones including Android and iOS in July this year. Conteride is a new game company dedicated to character contents business such as online games based on anime and manga. 9

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Kayneth Archibald/Berserker and lastly, Matou Kariya/Caster Tousaka Tokiomi/Rider As for Guilty Crown’s social game, not much is known about it yet. But there is an official website , so please do check it out for more updates and information! Here are some images up for on their official site though: Emiya Kiritsugu/Archer Tsutsugami Gai Yuzuriha Inori and… Uryuu Ryuunosuke/Assassin Ouma Shu (Source: Crunchyroll , Fate/Zero Next Encounter official site , Guilty Crown official site ) 10

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July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 c h Inte r net N o v el Gets Anime Ad a pt a tion: Ma o yu Mao Y uusha Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/new-anime-title-announced-maoyu- mao-yuusha/ By mijumijuchu on July 3rd, 2012 According to Famitsu.com , light novel “ Maoyu Mao Yuusha ” was announced to get a TV anime adaptation. Maoyu was originally created as an impromptu play-style novel by Touno Mamare and posted on 2channel BBS in 2009. Touno Mamare, ( his site ) the author of Maoyu Mao Yuusha, is an internet novelist who writes and posts mainly on the 2channel news vip board. He is known to references popular games such as Dragon Quest, anime in his stories. Not only that the cast from the theater reading will most likely be re-use anime. Notable names of the casts are: Kamiya Hiroshi, Fukuyama Jun, Sawashiro Miyuki, Koshimizu Ami and Tomatsu Haruka. There are also several manga adaptations that has been published. (Source: My Anime List ) 11

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July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture With additional reporting by KarbyP. M a gi: Anime Ad a pt a tion Announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/magi-anime-adaptation-announced/ By mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012 F an-made Idolm@ster Dea r l y Sta r s “anime OP” might as w ell be the genuine a r ti c le Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/fan-made-idolmster-dearly-stars- opening-scene-quality/ By shia on July 4th, 2012 The official website for World Hobby Fair 2012 , has recently published the cover of Weekly Shounen Sunday magazine, revealing the TV anime adaptation of Ohtaka Shinobu’s fantasy-adventure manga series, Magi- Labyrinth of Magic. Ohtaka, the creator of Sumomomo Momomo , has serialized A video of a fan-made Idolm@ster Dearly Stars anime video has been making its way around Nicovideo and Youtube. The vid-maker, who goes by “Com”, says that he (or possibly she) did it to commemorate the 7th Anniversary Live and the release of all 9 Blu-ray/DVD volumes. In fact, work on this short video begun right after he finished marathon-ing through the entire anime series in one shot. Watching simply wasn’t enough. Com-san said that this was the first Idolm@ster video he’s ever worked on, and that most of the animation frames were traced directly from the Idolm@ster anime series rather than drawn from scratch, so it didn’t take as much work as you might have thought. But that’s just Com being modest. Kotaku Japan’s Takeshi Kamio notes that even if one were to create cells from the Idolm@ster anime series, trace them out, change the characters, and align everything to the music, that’s really way too much work for the average fan; it’s something that only a true Im@s fan could endeavour. Com is indeed a true blue Im@s fan – the type referred to amongst the community as a DD (“Daredemo Daisuki” or “Likes Every Character”). In the description for his video on Nico Nico Douga, Com says that he hopes to see a season two for the Idolm@ster anime series, and that hopefully it will feature not only the 765Pro stars, but also the gals (well, two girls and a guy ) from Dearly Star’s 876Pro. Magi in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shounen Sunday magazine since 2009 and the 13the volume is published last month. A short synopsis of the story: This story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1000 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check! The video and the website confirmed that this 90th anniversary project from Shogakukan will premiere on 7th October 2012 and run every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on MBS, TBS and their network of affiliates. A short PV has also been released and you can watch it here: Source : Kotaku Japan (Source: Moetron , Anime News Network ) Read more Idolm@ster stories here on SGCafe! 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Family Mart X Miku Blog , Vocaloid Blog F ami l y Ma r t coll a bo r a tes with Miku f or Miku themed steamed buns Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/family-mart-collaborates-with-miku- for-miku-themed-steamed-buns/ By shia on July 4th, 2012 Anime Rev olution to Host V oice Actor Nak a ta J ouji Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/anime-revolution-to-host-voice- actor-nakata-jouji/ By mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012 The organizers of Anime Revolution announced on June 22 that voice actor(seiyuu) Nakata Jouji will be attending the August 17th to 19th convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. Family mart is currently on its way to put out their first food project collaboration with Hatsune Miku. Uncensored pictures after the jump. Nakata’s many casting credits include anime Hellsing’s Alucard, Fate/Stay Night and the most recent anime, Fate/Zero’s Kotomine Kirei, and Corporal Giroro in Keroro Gunso (or also known as Sgt. Keroro). Nakata-san will be reprising his role as Pope Innocentius in the upcoming Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II. He will also be starring in one of the upcoming anime/game series as Dr. Crodo in Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter , which starts this October. This will be Mr. Nakata’s first appearance at a Canadian convention, and he is very excited to join Anime Revolution. Anime Revolution will be held at the Vancouver Convention Center on the 17th to 19th August. (Source: Anime News Network ) They will be using steamed collaboration project. meat buns as their first Ha ya te no Gotoku new season announced f or this f all Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hayate-no-gotoku-new-season- announced-for-this-fall/ By shia on July 4th, 2012 Miku + NikuMan = Mikuman ミミ+ミミミ=ミミミミ (Yes, a very bad pun/pan(ミミ|bread).) The price and date of sale has not been announced as of press time. According to Sunday Magazine’s webpage, a new season of the parody butler anime Hayate no Gotoku is under production and will be airing this fall. 2

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July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone plasmacluster ion generator for air purification and a voice recognition function. The collaboration model vacuum will also use Haro’s voice to respond to users. Hata Sensei has clarified that the anime will not be the 3rd season of his popular anime but it would be a completely new anime after some confusion that it would be the 3rd season. The Gundam Front Tokyo opened on the seventh floor of the of Diver City Tokyo Plaza on Tokyo’s Odaiba island next to the newly rebuilt 1/1-scale Gundam statue in April. The complex’s features include a collection of plastic models from throughout the franchise’s history and a hemispherical dome theater. The Gundam Front Tokyo shop also offers a variety of exclusive souvenirs and promotional items. (Source: Anime News Network ) S w o r d A r t Online Cute Figu r es! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/sword-art-online-cute-figures/ By mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012 Hayate no Gotoku is a light hearted love comedy about a very unlucky boy who starts a job as a butler who has worked since childhood as his parents are totally irresponsible. His parents decides to sell his organs off to the Yakuza for money after leaving behind a massive debt on him. While escaping away from the yakuza, he meets Nagi Sanzenin, the sole heir of the wealthy Sanzenin estate, and she ends up falling for him due to a series of misunderstandings. After he rescue Nagi from some kidnappers , she hires him as a a butler. The manga is done by Kenjiro Hata and has been running in Weekly Shounen Sunday since October 2004. Source : Shounen Sunday OHP , Kenjiro-Hata’s Sunday backstage blog Sha r p to Ma k e Gundam Ha r o R obot V acuums Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/sharp-to-make-gundam-haro-robot- vacuums/ By mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012 Ever fancy yourself a Haro to help you? Now fret no more! Japanese electronics maker Sharp, together with the Gundam Front Tokyo entertainmentcomplex are Seems that the new summer anime “Sword Art Online” is all ready to release cute figures! The anime is not out yet but the production company, Ascii Media Works has started to showcase the little petite nendo sized “niitengo” figures. Sword Art Online is definitely one of the most anticipated anime this season, from the same author of Accel World ! So if you’re a fan of Accel World, you’ll definitely enjoy this series as well. To start things off, Ascii Media Works are releasing a figure of the main hero, Kirito in his SAO gear, complete with a very minor spoiler if you haven’t read the books or manga collaborating together to produce Haro robot vacuums. The robot character Haro, appears frequently in many Gundam anime and video games, and not only that, it has become a mascot character for the Gundam franchise as well as Sunrise anime studio. The latest edition in the Cocorobo line of robotic vacuum cleaners will be available in green “Haro type” and red “Haro (Char ver.) type” versions. Each unit features a 3

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July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone yet! Accompanying our hero, we have not one, not two but THREE different versions of the main heroine, Asuna. The three different versions of Asuna are: • • • Asuna in her guild combat uniform, Asuna in her casual “at home” wear And Asuna handcuffed as Titania during the second major story arc. Here are some images of the figures: 4

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July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone But it appears that, in spite of what may have seemed like a mega reveal, Capcom had actually been holding out on us. They were saving the best scraps of information for respected video games media powerhouse, Famitsu magazine. The new issue of Famitsu, which officially goes on sale in Japan tomorrow, July 5, puts the spotlight on Monster Hunter 4 (as you can see in the cover image on the right) and doles out everything you didn’t hear about over the weekend in massive scoop. Although the magazine would only go on sale tomorrow, certain folks in Japan were able to grab their hands on an early copy, and were kind enough to share with the rest of the world a few morsels of info from Famitsu’s mega-scoop. Here’s a summary of what they’ve revealed so far: From Tomopop , we can guess that the anime will most • • Local Wi-Fi players 1-4. Online play is not mentioned. Development for Monster Hunter 4 was done alongside MH3G. Ground terrain will feature different levels of elevation or altitude. You’ll be able to use take advantage of these altitude differences to sneak up on a monster, or perform jump attacks by going up to higher ground and descending in one fell swoop. Monsters will also be aware of these new altitude differences on the ground terrain, and use them for tactical advantage. There won’t be any underwater monster hunting this time around. When certain conditions are met you will be able to climb onto a monster and cling on them (like in Dragon’s Dogma). A new weapon type that’s secret for now. Felynes will be able do something new, and – as with Monster Hunter 3G – you will be able to bring up to two of them on solo quests. Camerawork: free-camera (whatever that means… every single Monster Hunter game I’ve played has had a free-camera, after all). You will no longer begin quests from a fixed position – the base camp – on the map; instead, you’ll be shipped out to the location by means of a caravan (which should mean that the starting point for quests will be different each time). New armour designs. probably cover up to at least the second story arc, so look forward to the anime if you are a fan the books/manga! (Source: Tomopop ) • Monster Hunter 4 will int r oduce sma r ter monste r s, jump a tta c ks, and a new w e a pon type [Upd a ted x2] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/monster-hunter-4-will-introduce- smarter-monsters-jump-attacks-and-a-new-weapon-type-famitsu/ By KarbyP on July 4th, 2012 Update : now with pictures/scans, appended below. Update 2: even more scans. Original story: This past weekend Capcom showed off a new promotional trailer and shared new details – the first • • • • • in a long while – for 3DS mega-hit-in-the-making Monster Hunter 4 at Capcom Summer Jam in Odaiba. • • • 5

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July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone • Look forward to a story that’ll feature the most number of Non-Playable Characters in the series yet. The caravan’s boss-man ( bigger ) New armour designs ( bigger ) New monster: “Kechawacha” (ミミミミミミ) ( bigger ) Your starting armour and companion Felyne ( bigger ) Caravan and NPC designs ( bigger ) 6

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July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone yet? Including the nigh-impossible The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku on Break the Limit mode ? Hope you did, ‘cos Sega’s prepping a sequel to the game. Today Sega announced via Twitter that a Miku Flick 02 is under development. An official website for the game went live as well – interestingly, there’s a Japanese site, and one for an English international version (the URL to which we found in the description for Miku Flick in the iTunes store). The difference? Not much (for now) – the English site goes “iPhone Rhythm Action Game” where it says “iPhoneミミミミ ミミミミミミミミミ” in the Japanese one. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the original Miku Flick , Sega is also dropping the price in the US and Japan iTunes app store from US$13.99/1,300 yen to US $10.99/900 yen. The price drop doesn’t apply to regions like Singapore, however, primarily because over here we were already getting a deal to begin with: Miku Flick has been sold for S $13.98 (about US$10.99 or 900 yen) since day-one. No release date has been announced for Miku Flick 02 , but it shouldn’t be too long before the game-app comes out – the announcement-to-release time period for the original was just a couple of weeks. What songs would you most like to see in Miku Flick 02 ? Project Diva F songs , perhaps? S e ga: Miku F li c k 2 is in the w o r ks – and y es, it will see an inte r n a tional (En g lish) r elease Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/sega-miku-flick-2-is-in-the-works- and-yes-it-will-see-an-international-english-release/ By KarbyP on July 4th, 2012 Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe ! Source: Kotaku Japan K-ON!: 7 in c h V inyl “Donuts” B O X Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/k-on-7-inch-vinyl-donuts-box/ It’s been four months since the release of Miku Flick on iOS . Did you clear all the 13 songs in the game on all difficulties 7

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July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012 Popular moeblob anime K-ON! is going to be releasing their character songs on vinyl! The K-ON! 7inch Vinyl “Donuts” BOX, is only available through order on Canime for the site’s first year anniversary. Not only that these records are also available exclusively at the Canime Summer Festival . There are currently no plans to sell these vinyls in other shops, so if you’re a hardcore fan, these vinyls are vintage! There will be seven records that are set to be released: • • • Ever-popular Cagayake!GIRLS, Don’t say lazy, as well as Yui, Mio, Ritsu, Mugi and Azusa character songs. These records are on 7″ analog records and comes with a box. Pricing seems really pricey, selling at 10000 yen (approx. SGD$158). 8

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July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture H a tsune Miku P r oject Diva A r cade V e r .B spotted in Sing a po r e Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hatsune-miku-project-diva-arcade- ver-b-spotted-in-singapore/ By KarbyP on July 6th, 2012 If you checked out the comments in our post yesterday about Project Diva Arcade Ver.B then you already know this: arcades here in Singapore have it! SGCafe reader ShinRa sent us an email and some pictures of the updated cabinet at Serangoon NEX: I saw them update to Version B in Singapore after watching Spiderman at Serangoon NEX. And boy, its a huge improvement on the update!! New loading BGM, new loading screens and all !! And yes, ID card works! I just wanted to play the game after the movie (Played Version A for hours before the movie) where I saw the tech guy update it. And when I went closer to take a look, it says VERSION B!!! So I just stood there, all excited like a child waiting for candy. And that 30 minute wait was so worth it! ShinRa also mentions that the Divanet page has been updated to accomodate the new features like snapshot downloading (costs 30VP per shot) and Twitter integration: Snapshot shop (画画画画画画) Pictures: Twitter integration 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Read more stories about Project Diva (arcade and consoles) here on SGCafe! Fuku y ama Y oshiki un a ble to join J am P r oject in L a tin American Conce r t T our Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/fukuyama-yoshiki-unable-to-join- jam-project-in-latin-american-concert-tour/ By koppepan on July 6th, 2012 ID Card info page Kageyama Hironobu has posted on his facebook that Jam Project member Fukuyama Yoshiki will be unable to join the band for their Latin America tour. Fukuyama Yoshiki has recently recovered from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, and has been discharged from the hospital. His condition is better now, but will not be able to sing until September under doctor’s orders. JAM Project formerly had six members since 2003, but after 2008 member Rica Matsumoto left for an indefinite hiatus to ‘focus on her solo work’, the group has been performing all over the world with 5 members. They have a strong fanbase in South America, and have performed numerous times in Brazil and neighbouring countries. JAM Project has performed in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia X in November 2010, and Yoshiki Fukuyama has performed in Singapore twice, once also as a solo artiste in AFA09 and another as part of his solo tour. Source: Kageyama Hironobu Facebook Page H y ouka to get new ending sequence Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hyouka-to-get-new-ending- sequence/ By koppepan on July 6th, 2012 So what are you waiting for? Run out now to your nearest arcade (that has Project Diva Arcade), join the line of players queueing up for Miku, and start accumulating those VPs! If you use the snapshot feature, share your pictures of Hatsune Miku with the rest of us over here in the Project Diva Arcade thread on SGCafe forums ! Or just head over there and talk about your impressions with Ver.B, find folks to register as your rival in the game. Thanks for sharing, ShinRa-P! Kudos also to Liu Woon Yung for letting us know that Virtualand Bugis also has Project Diva Arcade Ver.B. Oreki Houtarou as Arsène Lupin 2

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July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Yaraon! New character designs for the next ending sequence of Kyoto Animation-produced Hyouka have been released! This time, we get mystery fiction themed clothes for the members of the Classics Club. Li v e-Action Sengoku Basa r a T r ailer ai r ed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/live-action-sengoku-basara-trailer- aired/ By mijumijuchu on July 6th, 2012 Chitanda Eru as Sherlock Holmes The official website for Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party- , the first live-action television show based on CAPCOM’s historical action game franchise, Sengoku Basara , began streaming a trailer on Wednesday. The video shows the ending theme song “ Hakuro ” sung by singer/actor GACKT . Watch the video here: Fukube Satoshi as Moriarty Hayashi Kento (Arakawa Under the Bridge) and Takeda Kohei (Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e or HanaKimi, Ikemen Paradise, Kamen Rider Kiva) are the lead cast as Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura, respectively. In addition to providing the ending theme, singer/actor GACKT stars as Oda Nobunaga as well. The series will premiere on 12th July on MBS and will run every Thursday night as 1.25 am (12.25 am, Singapore time) respectively. Ibara Mayaka as Hercule Poirot (Source: ANN ) Tiger & Bunny M o vie ’ s Fi r st F oot a ge Ai r ed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/tiger-bunny-movies-first-footage- aired/ These designs were released with an announcement of the titles for the new opening and ending themes. The new opening theme will be titled 画画画画画画画画, or Mikansei Stride (Incomplete Stride), and the ending theme will be 画 画画画画画画画画画画, Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery (The Mystery Surrounding You). The ending theme single will be released on the 22nd of August. 3

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July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone only that, following up is a PS3 game called “ JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle ” was also announced. You can watch the game trailer here: By mijumijuchu on July 6th, 2012 The last half of the manga’s part 3 already inspired an original anime video project in 1993, followed by an adaptation of the first half in 2000. In addition, the manga’s part 1 inspired the film JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood. The PS3 game is to be developed by CyberConnect2. Not only that, the official website for the game has been opened, so please do check it out it out if you’re a fan of the series! The Mainichi Shimbun paper’s Mantan Website reports that the fighting game will be confirmed with a to be announced price. (Source: ANN ) H y ouka ‘Episode 11.5′ Anime Ad St r eamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hyouka-episode-11-5-anime-ad- streamed/ Fans of Tiger and Bunny, get ready to be excited! The first footage of the movie, “ Tiger & Bunny- The Beginning- ” has been aired on Thursday morning on the morning television program, Mezamashi Terebi. The footage includes part of the “Linear Blue o Kikinagara” , the new theme song that will be performed by Unison Square Garden , the rock band behind the anime’s first theme song. You can catch the video footage here: By mijumijuchu on July 6th, 2012 The full trailer will run in theaters starting this Saturday. The film itself will be premiered in Japan, on the 22nd September . In the second part of the segment, Kawanishi Yu, a publicist for the movie, said that the action and battle scenes appeal to the male audiences, while for the female audiences, the relationship between the main leads, Kotetsu and Barnaby will develop more, compared to what was absent from the 25 episode long series anime. A producer, Ozaki Masayuki, at the anime studio, Sunrise revealed during the Tiger & Bunny panel at Anime Expo (USA) on Saturday that a new NEXT character will be appearing in the first movie! The new NEXT character has been designed by Katsura Masakazu, the character designer. (Source: ANN ) The official website for Hyouka anime series has begun streaming a commercial for the anime’s “Episode 11.5″ on Thursday. Like the anime, the ad features the theme song “Yasashisa no Riyuu by Chouchou. You can watch the video here: J o J o ’ s Biza r r e Ad v entu r es to get anime and PS3 game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/jojos-bizarre-adventures-to-get- anime-and-ps3-game/ By mijumijuchu on July 6th, 2012 Rejoice JoJo fans! An anime adaptation of Araki Hirohiko’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga has finally been green-lit for an October airing! The announcement of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: The Animation was made during the Thursday press conference for the upcoming “Araki Hirohiko Jojo Exhibition”. Not Yonezawa Honobu’s original Hyouka novel follows an energy-saving boy named Houtarou (Seiyuu: Nakamura Yuichi) who was ordered by his elder sister to join the classic literature club (kotenbu). In the all-new episode, “Motsu Beki Mono wa”. Chitanda (Satou Sataomi), Mayaka ( Kayano Ai) and Satoshi (Sakaguchi Daisuke) run around the public swimming pool. 4

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July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone As the episode number implies, the story’s setting is between episode 11 and 12. The director, Takemoto Yasuhiro, based his script for this episode on a plot by Yonezawa (the author). Ota Rika, story boarded and directed this episode with animation director Horiguchi Yukiko. The episode will be aired on the official Kotenbu UStream stream on Sunday at midnight (11 pm for GMT Singapore time). Kadokawa Shoten will include the same episode on an original Blu-ray Disc that will be bundled with the limited edition of Task Ohna’s third Hyouka manga volume in the coming 13th January 2013 . (Source: ANN ) Ma r v el vs C a pcom Origins – a compil a tion of t w o games coming to XBLA and PSN Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/marvel-vs-capcom-origins-a- compilation-of-two-games-coming-to-xbla-and-psn/ By KarbyP on July 6th, 2012 – I have to admit it’s a little on the pricy side, but the upside to it is there you’re essentially getting two games for the price of one. More important, since Capcom didn’t announce any new fighting games at E3… what’s a Street Fighter fan to spend his money on, other than this? It’s turning out to be a really odd year for Capcom fighting game fans. Today’s Marvel vs Capcom Origins release announcement also begs one more question: does this mean that at some point we might see X-Men vs Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter (the two games that were released between Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs Capcom ) on XBLA and PSN? If all of these games can be republished now that Capcom has a new licensing agreement with Marvel, that is. Why did Capcom pair MvC specifically with MSH? You have to think that another double pack, with X-Men VS and MSH VS, are coming at some point. It’s the only plausible explanation. HD versions of Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs Capcom (One) are headed to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network in one package! Hit the jump to find out how find if it’ll feature GGPO and what other online features are in stall. Both games will support 8-player lobbies, with GGPO- enhanced netcode and spectator mode, dynamic challenges, and replay saving. In other words, Marvel vs Capcom Origins is getting the Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition . Hopefully Marvel vs Capcom will include some sort of trial challenge based off of Justin Wong’s competitive career; if I recall correctly, Justin said in an interview that his first ever tournament was for Marvel vs Capcom – and that led him to get into the rest of the Street Fighters. Marvel vs Capcom Origins will be released in September. The Xbox Live Arcade version will be sold for 1,200 Microsoft Points, while the PlayStation Network version will cost US$14.99/€14.99/£11.99/AUD23.95. New t r ailer f or H a tsune Miku P r oject Diva A r cade V e r .B sh o ws o f f E x cellent T rials, a d ditional modules Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/new-trailer-for-hatsune-miku- project-diva-arcade-ver-b-shows-off-excellent-trials-additional-modules/ 5

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July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on July 6th, 2012 Ver.B of Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade went into service in Japanese arcades today. To commemorate the occasion, Sega released a new trailer for Ver.B that shows off all the shiny new things players can do in the game now. This trailer is different from the “advertise” video previously shown. We’ve already wrote about all the new features in Ver.B in great detail in a previous post . The only feature that we didn’t already mention is that there are now Excellent Trials, which allow you to wager even more VP (a digital currency used within the game to unlock content like additional modules/ skins). Clear an Excellent Trial for a song, and you may earn as much as 30VP - 画画画画画画画画画画画画画画 Version B 画 Silence (Megurine Luka, 250VP) designed by meola 画画画画画 画Project DIVA Arcade画 Four new modules (character skins) are also available with Ver.B, as follows: Shiny (Hatsune Miku, 250VP) designed by 宇宇宇宇 (Uki Atsuya) Strange Dark (Kagamine Len, 250VP) designed by 宇 Sumire (Kaito, 250VP) designed by 宇 (Yuu) 6

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July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Although we’re not sure if Ver.B has already or will make its way here to Singapore (or to any other region outside of Japan, for that matter), we’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed. If you’ve seen Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B in operation anywhere outside of Japan, please let us know via the comments below. M a ple Sto r y J a pan to r ecei v e “Sengoku Jidai” upd a te b e ginning this month Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/maple-story-japan-to-receive- sengoku-jidai-update-beginning-this-month/ 7

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July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on July 6th, 2012 Nexon announced today that Maple Story players in Japan will be getting original content in the form of a Sengoku Jidai (Sengoku era) update later this month. They’ve also released a trailer that shows fans what they can expect from the new update. As with the Maple Story: Legends update (which is what Maple Story SEA players are getting right now), the Sengoku Jidai content is split into three parts, starting with July 11′s Akatsuki patch, which will add a Japan-exclusive map to the game as well as a “Sengoku Daigassen” (画画画画画) system, which sounds like you’ll be able to do large-scale country- versus-county battles. July 25 will see a Shippuu no Yaiba (画画画画, The Huricane Blade) patch that adds a new “Hayate” character class. Finally, on August 11 the Shiyou no Okina (画画画画) patch will add the “Kanan” character class, and a “Ranmaru Enseitai” (画画画画画画画 or Ranmaru Expedition Force) gameplay system. Maple StoryJapan players will be able to create custom Hayate and Kanan characters until the end of October. Although the Sengoku Jidai update is Japan-only for now, given that the Sengoku-based games and media are pretty popular outside of Japan, Nexon might decide to roll it out to the game in other regions. We’ll just have to wait and see. 画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画 | 画画画画画画画画画画画 Source: 4Gamer 8

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore dungeons and undertake quests,” added Satoshi Sakai, Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer at SEGA of Japan. Over ten years have passed since the release of the boundary-breaking Dreamcast hit, Phantasy Star Online, and SEGA is poised to continue the Phantasy Star series’ multiplayer legacy on PCs worldwide with Phantasy Star Online 2. In the Year 238, the New Era of Light, players will join a new band of Arcs in the fight against mysterious D-Arkers, embarking on another epic adventure of infinite possibilities! Phantasy Star Online 2’s features include: Phantasy Star Online 2 – W este r n R elease Confi r med Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/phantasy-star-online-2-western- release-confirmed/ By Xharky on July 9th, 2012 Sega has officially announced that the online multiplayer sequel to their hit series Phantasy Star Online, Phantasy Star Online 2, will be receiving a western release in North America and Europe in early 2013. The official information and teaser site will be located at www.pso2.com , and there will be a teaser trailer on YouTube (Here) . The Japanese • Deep sci-fi fantasy universe filled with lush landscapes, extraordinary creatures, and epic adventures Revolutionary real-time combat and third-person action with devastating combos and counters to master Flexible, class-based leveling system that lets players define their own play-style with distinctive melee, ranged, and magic weapon types Randomized dungeon maps and unexpected mid- quest encounters that ensure each quest is different for each player Deep character creation system with a nearly limitless number of potential appearances Three degrees of humanity to experience across three unique races: the versatile Humans, spiritually- powered Newmen, and artificial CAST version of their PR Site can be found here , and trailer here Their official press release follows: • • • • • . SEGA ANNOUNCES THE WESTERN For more information about Phantasy Star Online 2, visit the official site at www.pso2.com . RELEASE OF PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 SEGA’s Epic Free-to-Play Multiplayer Action RPG Coming to North America and Europe in Early 2013 SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 9th, 2012 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd today announced that free-to-play multiplayer action RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 will be coming to North America and Europe in 2013. For a first look at this new entry in the legendary Phantasy Star series, check out the official Phantasy Star Online 2 teaser site at www.pso2.com . For more news, follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA ( http:// twitter.com/phantasystar ) or “like” us on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/sega.pso2 ). About SEGA® of America, Inc. SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment. SEGA® of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com . “Phantasy Star Online was a revolutionary game when it was released, and we want to make sure that its successor in the series is every bit as ambitious,” said Chris Olson, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “We look forward to introducing Phantasy Star Online 2’s unique, easy-to-access multiplayer action to the rest of the world next year!” “The number one thing we want to provide players in Phantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every time they log in. Just as great table-top RPG experiences About SEGA® Europe Ltd. SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan- based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA’s global website site is located at www.sega.com . Players who enjoyed the first online game will definitely find Phantasy Star Online 2 to be just as interesting, carrying on the tradition of real-time combat and gear customization. Screenshots from the Japanese Alpha/Beta versions: Source: PSOWorld , PSO2 JP TYPE-MOON FES- 10th Anni v e r sa r y r epo r t Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/type-moon-fes-10th-anniversary- report/ By mijumijuchu on July 9th, 2012 On the 7th and 8th July, another event was being held in Pacifico Yokohama Kokuritsu Dai hall. TYPE-MOON FES was attended by over 12000 people over the course of the two days. 2

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By mijumijuchu on July 9th, 2012 Just recently held on the 7th and 8th July, the Nishioshin Tanabata event in Akihabara to celebrate what else– Tanabata! Tanabata-七七, meaning “Evening of the seventh” is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The event is often celebrated by hanging tanzaku and decorations on bamboos. Not only that, since Tanabata varies from different regions, they do include some of the most common activities such as: Tanabata decoration competitions, decorated parades, Miss Tanabata contest, stalls that provide carnival games and definitely stalls that sell lots of yummy food! What are tanzaku, you ask? Well they are basically: Small strips of papers that people write their wishes on them and hang them up on bamboo together with other decorations. The bamboo with the tanzaku and decorations are then set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day. The tanzaku here, are mostly drawn by Watanabe Is this the final battle?! TYPE-MOON is popular with series such as Mahou Tsukai no Youru, Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero and other popular games/anime brand. The event started off by introducing what TYPE-MOON FES was about then they moved on to having a talkshow segment. Then there were performances that include the Fate/Zero opening and ending and acts such as LiSA, Aoi Eir, Kalafina and Haruna Runa. It was also the first time for the four artists to perform in the same event together. The event was also streamed (Source: lisani.jp ) live throughout Japan. Akio the character designer as well as the animator of Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari! You can check them out below! Nishioshin T an a b a ta E v ent a t Akih a ba r a Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/nishioshin-tanabata-event-at- akihabara/ 3

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone (Source: Wikipedia , Akibablog ) St r olls with Miku n o w a c lose r eality Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/strolls-with-miku-now-a-close- reality/ By shia on July 9th, 2012 Using a mixture of technologies such as augmented reality with Kinect fusion and a few others, a nicovideo user has succeeded in using augmented reality without markers to do a tech demo of getting Miku to do strolls in the park with him. The video shows how the user takes Miku on a walk in the park and usage of gestures to interact with Miku in his house. The user uses a Asus Xtion(Kinect like device) and a pair of Wrap920 VR video glasses for the full immersion effect. Will home-brew programmers take one more step into making 2D characters a reality? Share with us your views. Featured art from : Psycho( Pixiv ) 4

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source : Esuteru , Original Nicovideo link By Mycstea on July 9th, 2012 Announced yesterday July 7th, the animation for popular visual novel franchise Da Capo, D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ is getting a TV anime next year, along with other exciting projects for the franchise! Released early this year, D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ is the latest of the long series of visual novel Da Capo from game company Circus. In their D.C. ~Da Capo~ 10 Year Project announced yesterday, there will be numerous projects revolving the new D.C. III content. D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ is a visual novel released in late April 2012, following the protagonist Kiyotaka Yoshino and his friends in the Journalism Club of Kazami Academy in the island of Hatsunejima. It is an indirect sequel of D.C. II ~ Da Capo ~ as the plot swerves in a completely new direction, even though the main theme of magic and school romance is continued over. So far, 3 of these projects have been made, namely: TYPE-MOON F es. Announcements Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/type-moon-fes-announcements/ By Mycstea on July 9th, 2012 Having past the first day of the event, a great deal of information has been announced about new and upcoming projects for TYPE-MOON! As previously reported , TYPE-MOON is celebrating their tenth anniversary this year with a big event at on the 7th and 8th of July at Pacifico’s National Convention Hall of Yokohama. The event, TYPE-MOON Fes. is a special event by the game maker to celebrate and give appreciation to it’s fans for the past ten years. With a host of special guests, content, music and merchandise, the event is definitely a treasure trove of new information as well as reminiscence of their past work. As expected, TYPE-MOON has also taken the chance to release and also confirm news for it’s products, and they are listed below: • • • D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ TV Animation D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ USB version D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ Project Touched • Fate/Realta Nua to be ported to PSVita, with animated sequence animated by ufotable. (Previously reported here ) Fate/Extra Sound Drama to be produced and will begin in 2012 Winter Corals of the Moon, 七七七七 in Japanese, will be produced into manga, with the illustration by Sasaki Shounen. The Garden of Sinners: Recalled Out of Summer, or 七 七七七 七七七七 in Japanese, is slated to be animated Fate/Apocrypha in the works, with new content coming Winter 2012 New Fire Girl in the works, penned by Hoshizora Meteor (七七七七七), TYPE-MOON staff and author of Room of the April Witch (Published by Seikaisha). Tsukihime remake confirmed, with PV released in the event with big changes to visual design of Ciel. UPDATE: Fate/ kaleid liner PRISM七ILYA scheduled for TV anime production (2013), animated by Silver Link. Directed by Shin Ounuma D . C . III ~ Da C a po ~ TV Anim a tion • • • • • Few information with regards to this project has been announced so far, except that it has begun production and will be broadcast in January 2013. Fans may visit the official website for the TV anime here . D . C . III ~ Da C a po ~ USB V e r sion • • So far, these news have been only reported on tweets and have yet to be put on the official websites of TYPE-MOON itself. Fans better look out, because a barrage of battles are coming. Source: Otaku.com D . C . III ~ Da C a po ~ Anime Announces W ith a Host of Other P r ojects Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/d-c-iii-da-capo-anime-announces- with-a-host-of-other-projects/ Bring the magic of Da Capo wherever you are! D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ will be available in USB flash drives from 5

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone September 28th 2012. This new version is version 1.3, a further upgraded and so far latest version of the game. It comes with added Ultimate Battles, and new story branches! The game would not require installation and will allow players to play from the USB drive on the go. No price announcements have been released so far however, so fans would need to sit tight for pre-orders. Fans may visit the specially made website here . By KarbyP on July 9th, 2012 D . C . III ~ Da C a po ~ P r oject T ou c hed The biggest fighting games tournament in the world is well underway! And you can catch all of the action right from within the comforts of your very own bedroom. Hit the jump to find the link to the live-streams, and a full schedule of all the festivities. Important announcement: Before we move on, we’d like to ask all readers who’ve registered for the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament to please check once again that they’re registered for the right game(s). When our story was first posted, the registration link for Street Fighter IV in particular was wrong, but it’s been fixed now so please double-check to avoid disappointment. We apologise for the inconvenience. Also, gamers who’ve registered for the Street Fighter III tournament should note that the date for the qualifiers has been changed from July 26 (Thursday) to July 28 (Saturday). Other then the TV animation, Circus invites it’s fans to share with them which part of D.C. III touched them the most, thus compiling them into CMs to be possibly broadcasted. Local fans may also submit their entries in the special site Circus set up here . Overview Each day’s EVO streams will typically start from 11PM Singapore time (GMT+0800), for Friday and Saturday nights (pool stages for the various games) and last all the way till early afternoon the following day. Day 1 streams started last night, and will last till at least 1PM Singapore time today. Day 2 streams – for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat 9, and King of Fighters XIII – begin tonight at 11PM and will go on till past 3PM Sunday. Grand finals for all tournament games will begin Monday 1AM. If you miss the action for any of the livestreams, no worries, everything’s DVR-ed for you in the video archives of the respective stream pages. As few information is currently available, we can only guess what Circus has in store for it’s fans. Circus has a special website dedicated to this 10 year project, so interested fans please visit it here . Source: D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ Official Website E V O 2012 li v est r eams: St r eet Fighter IV and SoulCalibur V c r aziness, P e r sona 4 A r ena (En g lish v oices), and mo r e Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/evo-2012-livestreams-street-fighter- iv-and-soulcalibur-v-craziness-persona-4-arena-english-voices-and- more/ Stream links Go to this page here if you’d like to see the three main EVO streams laid out nicely in a single page like so: 6

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Note: you can change the stream layout via the menus at the top of the stream. If you miss any of the action on the livestream you can always check out the video archives for the recorded footage. • • • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Ver.2012 King of Fighters XIII and SoulCalibur V Panels and interviews Alternatively, go to this page on Shoryuken.com if you just want to see a full list of streams and results for Day 1. Apart from the three main EVO streams (Gameplay 1, Gameplay 2, Interviews and Panels), the link above also lists livestreams for the following side tournaments/evetns: Source: Shoryuken.com • • Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown ( video archives ) Tiger & Bunny the M o vie will f e a tu r e a new c ha r acter – R obin; p r e view t r ailer & k ey visual “unlo c k ed” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/tiger-preview-trailer-key-visual- unlocked/ By KarbyP on July 9th, 2012 Atlus games (BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend, US version of Persona 4 Arena with full English voices) ( video archives ) • Street Fighter II ( video archives ) Full EVO 2012 stream schedules Times in PDT or GMT-0700 hours; add 15 hours (or change AM to PM/PM to AM and add 3 hours) for Singapore time. 7

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Twitter R umou r : visual n o v el F a te/ stay night[ R ealta Nua] may be headed to the PS V ita Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/rumour-visual-novel-fatestay- nightrealta-nua-may-be-headed-to-the-ps-vita/ By KarbyP on July 9th, 2012 The new character, Robin, will be played by veteran voice actor Kappei Yamaguchi (Saotome Ranma in Ranma 1/2, L in Death Note), the official website for the first Tiger & Bunny movie revealed via an update to its main cast listing. Robin is likely the new NEXT character that Masayuki Ozaki talked about during at a Tiger & Bunny panel session last week during Los Angeles’s Anime Expo 2012. At the panel he also mentioned that Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- will depict events that were never shown in the original anime series – specifically those prior to episodes one and three – and that two-thirds of the movie comprises original animation. Also, now that it’s officially July 7, Saturday, a preview trailer ( the one we told you about earlier today ) and the key visual File this under “rumour mill” for now, but according to a netizen who scored his copy of this month’s New Type magazine (August 2012 issue) early, Type-Moon’s Fate/ StayNight [Realta Nua] visual novel – an all-ages port of the original Fate/Stay Night PC title to the PS2 in 2007 – will see a PS Vita version later this year. for Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- have been unlocked on the website – you can view it at its homepage here . As much as we’d love to embed it here for your viewing pleasure, the trailer is not exactly on YouTube yet. Meanwhile, here’s the key visual for the movie: The new version will feature animated cutscenes produced by Ufotable, and is slated for a November 29, 2012 release, to be sold for the price of 6,300 yen, or so the netizen claims. Gamers who pre-order will also receive a download code for a “Tobidase! Trouble Hanafuda Travel Journel 2 (working title)” (七七七七七七七七七七七七七七 2七七七), an updated version of the pre-order bonus for the original PS2 Realta Nua. The likelihood of this being real? Quite. As earlier this year, Type-Moon released the three episodes contained within Fate/stay night [Realta Nua] – different paths for Saber, Rin, and Sakura – on the PC through digital distribution. Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- is the first of two movies that will re-tell the well-loved story in the original Sunrise anime series about a futuristic city – based on New York City – where superheroes are sponsored by major companies to fight crime and perform various heroic acts while being shot on camera in a reality game show that has the highest ratings in the world. The heroes compete for points, and a King of Heroes is crowned at the end of each season. 七七七 TIGER & BUNNY -The Beginning- 8

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone I feel s much passion for cosplaying and am glad to be able to animate 2D characters into life. It is my own personal cosplay and I am delighted with the effort that I put into it because it is my cosplay. 2. Why do you want to come to Cosfest 2012? I had always felt a lot of energy and enthusiasm from many cosplayers in Singapore and I wished to experience it myself. I wished to meet everybody some day and would love that we enjoy cosplay together. 3. What do you look forward to in Cosfest 2012? I wish for an exciting time, and nice, faithful encounters! I would also like to see the exciting performances on the stage! Read more stories about Type-Moon works here on SGCafe! Source: Hachima Cosplay An Inte r view : R eika Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/cosplay-an-interview-reika/ By sakurazaki on July 9th, 2012 4. Do you have anything you wish to say to the cosplayers here in Singapore? I feel that the current cosplay scene in present Japan is somewhat pressuring and I have high expectations about the cosplay scene in Singapore. I feel that everyone in Singapore enjoys cosplay and I would also like to enjoy it myself! I look forward to meeting everyone in Singapore! I hope to see you tomorrow! 七七(reika) Cosfest is just around the corner, Yes! Literally around the corner! And this year Cosfest is bound to be one of the most exciting Cosplay Events of 2012 with amazing Asia Cosplay Meet performances, more spectacular singing voices and special guests! This year’s Cosfest will be graced by one of the most amazing cosplayers from Japan, Reika! She is a passionate cosplayer and we enjoyed finding more about her feelings towards cosplay and her appearance in this years Cosfest! 1. What do you like about cosplaying? It’s a little hard for me to put into words but my heart is set ablaze with love for anime and manga 9

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July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone For more information check out the following sites Reika : http://worldcosplay.net/member/87/ Cosfest Asia Page : https://www.facebook.com/ COSFESTASIA 10

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Nanoha the M o vie 2nd A ’ s ads in Shinjuku and I k e buku r o Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/nanoha-the-movie-2nd-as-ads-in- shinjuku-and-ikebukuro/ By koppepan on July 11th, 2012 With the Nanoha A’s movie, large-scale ads have been installed around Shinjuku. the train stations in Ikebukuro and Hayate: Nanoha: Signum: Fate: Vita: 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Shamal: Zafira: Inside the Yamanote trains: Reinforce: 2

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By mijumijuchu on July 11th, 2012 A ad truck has also been spotted in Akihabara! Good Smile Company is releasing a Spiderman Nendoroid! The Marvel superhero is set to release this November 2012 and will be priced at 3,800 yen(approx. SGD $60) Our spidey-friend here comes with spider web parts and has a special surface texture. He comes with a base as well and looks pretty Amazing (pun intended) together with it. This is a must-get for any Marvel or Spiderman fan as our hero here looks really cute as a nendo size super hero; and he’ll definitely save the world no matter what size he is. Here are some images of how the Nendoroid looks like: Source: ううううううう GSC: Spide r man Nendo r oid Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/gsc-spiderman-nendoroid/ 3

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone To celebrate their reopening, they will be running a twice a day mini-live of Hatsune Miku featuring new models and songs from her upcoming game Project Diva -f-. The event will be on their “DigiReal Live stage” where they promise to make it an unforgettable event that augments reality with digital information. There will also be an experience corner where visitors will be able to play the upcoming Project Diva -f- for the PS Vita. The event will be at Tokyo Joypolis from the 14th of July 2012 and ends on the 2nd of September 2012. There will be 2 shows a day. The 1st at 1509 Hrs and the 2nd at 1900Hrs. Source : Otanews , Event OHP H a tsune Miku Summer F estival Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hatsune-miku-summer-festival/ ( Source: Good Smile Company ) T o k y o J o ypolis r eopens 14th J u l y with Miku a tt r action in coll a bo r a tion with P r oject Diva -f- Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/tokyo-joypolis-reopens-14th-july- with-miku-attraction-in-collaboration-with-project-diva-f/ By shia on July 11th, 2012 SEGA will be reopening Tokyo Joypolis , an amusement facility which they plan to provide integration between digital contents and the real world. 4

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By mijumijuchu on July 11th, 2012 The DVD-ROM catalog There is an announcement about Hatsune Miku’s Caravan Presents: Natsumatsuri 2012 HATSUNE MIKU SUMMER FESTIVAL. It will be held at Yokohama Sea Paradise. and they will be having a promotion at Animate Ikebukuro as well. Not much information out yet but you can check out their website for more updates to come! We will also bring you more information once they release more updates! (Source: Oreteki ) Comi k et 82 C a talogue and shop bonuses r oundup Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/comiket-82-catalogue-and-shop- bonuses-roundup/ By koppepan on July 11th, 2012 Comiket 82 will be taking place in Tokyo Big Sight this year on August 10th ~12th. The catalog will be on sale July 14th, and the DVD-ROM edition will be released July 21st. The cover for the C82 catalog is by Kishida Mel-sensei. Toranoana is giving out of the catalogue. clear file cases for every purchase 5

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone An alternative bonus for girls by Takarai Rihito, for both catalog and DVD-ROM versions The book catalog bonus file will come with Hagure Yuuki’s (WIREFRAME) illustration. Melon-books is giving away a free clear box with a Sonicomi illustration by Nitro+ artist Tsuji Santa The DVD-ROM version is by Ishikei (Nise MIDI Doronokai) K-Books is giving away printed autograph boards (shikishi) by Twinkle, Naru Nanao and Chikotamu. 6

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Mandarake’s bonus is an Ando Shuki mousepad, or a Touhou arrange CD by Yuuhei Satelight. Source: Akiba blog P e r sona4U: P r e-O r der Bonuses Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/persona4u-pre-order-bonuses/ By mijumijuchu on July 11th, 2012 The Persona 4: The Ultimate Mayonaka Arena has round up a list of pre-order bonuses in one page. There are over 15 exclusive items to collect from shops all over Japan. Here is the list of which online shops and their bonuses: Softmap: Telephone Card White Canvas is giving a pencil board of Izayoi Sakuya (of Touhou Project), illustrated by Higa Yukari. e-WonderGoo: Mini Tapestry 7

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Fammys.com: Telephone Card Imagine Web shop: Tosho card Ami Ami: Stickers Medialand: Bromide Gamers: B2 Tapestry Trader: Telephone card 8

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Neowing (CDJapan): Bromide set Stellarworth: Bromide set Animate Online shop: Micro-fiber cloth enterking: Clear file chara-ani: Rubber mascot keychain Seagull: QUO card 9

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Medio: Telephone card Most of these items are store-exclusive only within Japan or Tokyo. There’s a chance for overseas buyers can purchase the NeoWing exclusive, as it is under CDJapan. (Source: Persona 4U official site ) News r ound-up: Idolmaster K uji, Madoka M a gica ’ s Mami Dakimaku r a and mo r e Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/news-round-up-idolmaster-kuji- madoka-magicas-mami-dakimakura-and-more/ By shia on July 11th, 2012 Here’s a round-up on the latest news on anime merchandise, new anime news and more! Idolm@ster I c hiban K uji pa r t 2 Asobit Net shop: Telephone card announced f or this October Ichiban Kuji will be doing it’s 2nd Idolm@ster Kuji this October, while there has been no official site link, there is a picture of the announcement on twitter here . Comg!: B5 Bromide Source: otanews 10

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Madoka M a gical ’ s Mami Ky oani announces new f all p r oject Kyoto Animation announces fall project “ううううううううう う!”(Even if (I) am Delusional,(I) would like to fall in love!). Dakimaku r a p r e-o r de r s open うううううううううう! is a love-comedy that centers around the male protagonist, Togashi Yuta who suffered delusions of youth while he was in secondary school, he tries to forget that “black history” behind him when he entered high school. Problem is , the female protagonist, Takanashi Rikka tries to bring him back into the fold by forcefully “contracting”(dating) him. うううううううううう! is expected to be out this fall 2012. The light novel is published by Kyoto animation novels and is currently in its 2nd book. ううう has no direct translation in english, and its roughly translated into delusions of youth. A good summary can be found here . Source: 0taku.com , Anime Official HP Co r pse P a r ty T he Antholo g y : Sa c hi k o ’ s R omance Simul a tions♥ Hysteric Bi r thday 2U r a ted CE R O Z f or Limited edition Amazon Japan is now accepting pre-orders for Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s Mami dakimakura. She will be your’s for an amazing price of 10,290 Yen, the expected release date for the dakimakura is 20th September 2012. Source: otanews , Amazon link D r a gon Ball New Film Ad a pt a tion Weekly Shounen Jump magazine issue 33 announces the new film adaptation of Dragonball. Official site for the movie has opened here . Corpse Party The Anthology : Sachiko’s Romance Simulationsう Hysteric Birthday 2U (Corpse Party 2U) has announced a CERO D rating for its normal edition and CERO Z for its Limited edition. The only difference between the Limited and normal edition is the addition of an OVA called “Missing Footage”. Source: AnimeNewsNetwork 11

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone CERO D equates to Ages 17 and above while a CERO Z means Adult only(18+ in Japan). We wonder what might be in the OVA that might be so disturbing… Source: Andriasang That concludes a daily roundup of news on sgcafe.com. P en y our i n vasion plans on these o f ficial Ika Musume not e books Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/pen-your-invasion-plans-on-these- official-ika-musume-notebooks/ By KarbyP on July 11th, 2012 Three configurations of the laptop are available: entry model (99,800 yen), standard model (120,000 yen) and high-spec model (160,000). All models come with a GeForce GT650M discrete graphics with 1GB memory and Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. The GT650M is paired with an Intel Pentium B960 on the entry level model, 4GB RAM and a SuperMulti Drive, while the standard and high-spec models get i3 and i7 processors (respectively), 8GB RAM, and a Blu-ray/DVD drive. All notebook models also sport a 15.6″ full-HD (1920×1080) display. Diomedea, the publishers of manga/anime series Senryaku!! Ika Musume has “inked” a deal with built-to- order PC maker Unitcom to bring you a series of notebooks themed after the well-loved comedy series. The 15.6″ notebooks (and one 10.1″ netbook model) are emblazoned with original artwork, and will come installed with three sets of Windows system voice/sound effects – “Invasion mode”, “Worker mode”, and “Freeloader mode” settings, each featuring different lines from Ika Musume voice actress Hisako Kanemoto – recorded specially for the occasion, plus a variety of wallpapers with the titular squid girl in the spotlight. Each notebook also comes stowed away in a carton case that’s plastered with Ika Musume illustrations. For fans who prefer to draft their invasion plans from a smaller, more discrete terminal, Diomedea has also prepared a 10.1″ model that features a 1024×600 display, Intel AtomN2800 (1.8GHz x2) processor, 4GB RAM and 120GB of SSD storage (on the notebook models only the high-spec model comes with it). This netebook runs Windows 7 Home Premium, and will run you 79,800 yen. All four models are available for pre-orders from now till August 31, 2012 from Digi-Tsuhan. The actual ship date for the notebooks is at the end of October. 12

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone and to meet other players from all over the globe. Shen Chan (Cervantes), managed to brawl his way through into the finals but fell short to the Japanese player, Shining Decopon (Tira). Congratulations to both players on making it far. Here’s the replay footage of the match between Shen Chan (Cervantes) and Shining Decopon (Tira). P e r sona 4 A r ena sc r eenshot hints a t in c lusion of P4′s Nana k o Dojima and P3′s Fuuka Y am a gishi Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/persona-4-arena-screenshots-hint- at-inclusion-of-p4s-nanako-dojima-and-p3s-fuuka-yamagishi/ By KarbyP on July 11th, 2012 … But probably not as playable fighters (I figure we should state that upfront so as to avoid any potential confusion). In a screenshot of Persona 4 Arena’s gallery mode that Atlus and Arc System Works released to Japanese media last week, you can see a sliver of what appears to be character portraits for Nanako Dojima (the little girl from Persona 4) and Fuuka Yamagishi (Persona 3). Here’s the screenshot in question ( bigger ): Source: PC Watch , Digi-Tsuhan Sing a po r ean Shen Chan ta k es home Second place in E V O2012 f or Soul Calibur 5 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/singaporean-shen-chan-takes-home- second-place-in-evo2012-for-soul-calibur-5/ By bj0rN on July 11th, 2012 Do you see Nanako and Fuuka? … … No? Here, take a closer look at the duo’s’ respective (mostly obscured) character portraits: Nanako Dojima (CV: Akemi Kanda) Singapore hits into the global e-gaming world again at the recent EVO 2012 with Shen Chan getting Second place in Soul Calibur 5. EVO, the world’s largest fighting game tournament, was held over last weekend at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, USA. Competitors from all over the world come to pit against each other to see who would reign as a champion. Within them were some players from Singapore, most which paid for their own trip and expenses for the rare opportunity to compete 13

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July 11th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Fuuka Yamagishi (CV: Mamiko Noto) Of course, this is all purely speculation at this point. But – I put this to you, Persona fans – can you think of any other character in the franchise to sport bangs or a forehead like that? Especially from amongst the cast of characters already announced for the game ? Common sense would dictate that both characters would not appear in the game as selectable fighters. Nanako is way too young, and Fuuka has always took on a support role even way back in Persona 3, due to her frail body. So chances are these are additional announcer voices that we’re talking about (the default voice is that of Rise Kujikawa), either included on the game disc or, more likely, available as DLC. If Nanako and Fuuka are indeed featured in the game, could other characters from Persona 3 and 4 potentially be included in P4Arena in a similar capacity? Update: Given that the screenshot shows the game’s voice & sound effects gallery mode, for all we know Nanako and Fuuka might just be non-playabale characters that show up in the course of story mode via cutscenes. There’s no guarantee if these are indeed announcer voices. We’ll just have to wait for confirmation from Atlus and Arc System Works on that front – which should be soon given that the game comes out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan on July 26, and in the US on August 7. Importers, please note that the game will be region-locked, even on the PS3. Read more about the Persona series here on SGCafe! Source: Hachima 14

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July 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Teruyuki (From Up on Poppy Hill, 20th Century Boys) as Takeda Kanryu to finish off the cast list. The live-action movie will start airing in Japan on the 25th August. (Source: natalie.mu , ANN , tokyohive ) Li v e-Action R u r ouni K enshin Special F oot a ge & P r omo T r ailer Ai r ed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/live-action-rurouni-kenshin-special- footage-promo-trailer-aired/ By mijumijuchu on July 13th, 2012 Two new video footages of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie has been streamed! The Japanese website, Cinema Today began streaming a special trailer footage of the main character, Himura Kenshin from the live-action while another website, Comic Natalie has streamed another trailer focusing on the character, Takeda Kanryu. Both of the trailers can be viewed here: N a tsuyuki R endez v ous Summer P r esent Campaign Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/natsuyuki-rendezvous-summer- present-campaign/ By koppepan on July 13th, 2012 Internet Flowers Cupit will be collaborating with noitaminA anime Natsuyuki Rendezvous in a limited-time only Flower Shop Shimao promotion. There are gift bouquets for sale, each inspired by the characters of Natsuyuki Rendezvous. Rokka-chan: Kagawa Teruyuki as Takeda Kanryu Otomo Keishi is directing this adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular Ruroni Kenshin manga with 22-year-old actor Satoh Takeru (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck, Ryomaden ) playing the main role as Himura Kenshin. The 17 year old, Takei Emi will be playing as the main heroine, Kamiya Kaoru, Aoi Yuu ( Hana and Alice, Honey and Clover ) as Takani Megumi, Aoki Munetaka ( The Last Message Umizaru, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time live-action ) plays as Sagara Sanosuke and Tanaka Taketo plays as Myojin Yahiko. Other casts include: Kikkawa Kouji ( Let’s Dance with Papa ) plays as Udo Jine, Eguchi Yousuke ( Shonan Bakusozoku, Tokyo Love Story ) plays as Hajime Saito and Kagawa Hazuki-kun: 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Shimao-kun: Source F ami l y Ma r t ’ s l a test H a tsune Miku f ood coll a bo r a tion Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/family-marts-latest-hatsune-miku- food-collaboration/ By koppepan on July 13th, 2012 Following their Miku steamed buns promotion, Family Mart has once again come up with a new collaboration for instant yakisoba. For each bouquet purchased, you stand a chance of winning something as part of their summer present campaign. Prizes include: Autographed posters (By the OPED artistes). Not much is known (aside from this update on the Famima- Miku page), but sharp fans might notice that the name of the instant yakisoba is Peyoung Dabaa, a song by ZANEEDS. The tiny ahoge that the mosaic didn’t cover is also reminiscent of CHAN×CO’s art. Peyoung Dabaa by ZANEEDS is a song about the high chance of failure when preparing instant yakisoba from Peyoung, in which one fails to hold down the lid when draining the water, and the noodles end up in the sink. This new instant yakisoba from Family Mart is thus a reference to this song. Perhaps this picture might jog your memory: An artbook. Signed scripts by all three main cast members. And seasonal flowers. 2

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July 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Los Angeles Times , Halo 4 Official Site: Forward Unto Dawn Seiyuu Inoue Kiku k o to be a bus guide f or the On e gai☆Pil g rim a ge bus tour Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/seiyuu-inoue-kikuko-to-be-a-bus- guide-for-the-onegai%E2%98%86pilgrimage-bus-tour/ By koppepan on July 13th, 2012 Pilgrimages aren’t a new concept to most otaku, with recent anime being set in popular locations in Tokyo. With the coming of the 10th Anniversary of Onegai☆Teacher, there will be a bus tour of the places Onegai☆Teacher is set in, namely Omichi in the Nagano Prefecture, and Lake Kizaki. To spice things up for fans, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary, the Onegai☆Pilgrimage bus tour guide will be none other than Inoue Kikuko, voice of Kazami Mizuho of Onegai☆Teacher ! Also, there will be an event called Onegai☆Teacher & Twins 10th Anniversary -Ecclesia- which will feature Inoue Kikuko and series director Ide Yasunori on the 18th of August at Lake Kizaki. More details will be revealed soon. Source: Animate.tv Source: Famima-Miku Project Halo M o vie Coming T his F all Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/halo-movie-coming-this-fall/ By GermanSausage on July 13th, 2012 First came the game, then the novels, comic books, trading cards and animation. But hey, Microsoft isn’t going to stop. This Fall, Master Chief is going to make a return not only on the Xbox 360 but also with a live action movie. “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” will be a 5 part feature film, retelling the tale of Master Chief, a Spartan Super-Soldier and his trusty AI construct Cortana, from the beginning of the Human/Convenant war when Master Chief was a young cadet, unto a leader aboard the UNSC Infinity and finally, paving the way onto the current events of Halo 4. Daniel Cudmore will be starring as Master Chief. The film will be released on Youtube this October on a “soon- to-be-launched” Machinima channel and on Halo Way- point. P e r sona 4U Opening T r ailer St r eamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/persona-4u-opening-trailer- streamed/ By mijumijuchu on July 13th, 2012 Famitsu has began streaming the Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena fighting game has been streamed just today. 3

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July 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone You can catch the trailer here! Atlus will release the game in Japan on the 26th July on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. As for North America, the release date will be on the 7th August. The game titled Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena in Japan, is a 2D animated fighting game using the characters from the Persona RPG series. The game was originally released in Japanese arcades the previous winter. Atlus USA announced last week that the Playstation 3 version of the game will be region-locked. Atlus USA’s version of the game will work in the North and South American regions. However, the game’s online feature will not be region-locked thus allowing players from other places to play against players worldwide. The North American release will also include ”both the original Japanese voice work and an all-new English audio track, a feature easily toggled in the settings for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 system releases.” (Source: ANN , Andrisang ) being abducted by extraterrestrials, you go on the trail of the supernatural, recording interviews with individuals and collecting clues towards your next scoop, before returning to the TV studio to sort out your materials – figure out which pieces are relevant – for the night’s broadcast. Asami Seto, Miyuki Sawashiro and Tomoaki Maeno lead the voice cast in Tokushu Houdoubu . Characters from Uta no Prince-sama will also make cameo appearances in the game, as part of a cross-over promotion for Broccoli and Nippon Ichi’s recently-released PSP title, Uta no Prince-sama Debut – in which Miyuki Sawashiro and Tomoaki Maeno happen to have key voice roles, too. 1st t r ailer f or T okushu Houdoubu puts the spotlight on the supe r n a tu r al instead of Uta no Prince-sama cameos Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/1st-trailer-for-tokushu-houdoubu- puts-the-spotlight-on-the-supernatural-instead-of-uta-no-prince-sama- cameos/ By KarbyP on July 13th, 2012 We already knew that the artwork in Tokushu Houdoubu (Special Report Division, ☆☆☆☆☆), illustrated by manga artist Hiro Kiyohara (Another) , would be enchanting. But you never truly get a sense of just how captivating the visuals in a game are until you’ve seen it in motion – and that’s exactly what publisher Nippon Ichi Software has decided to address today, by releasing a first trailer for the game. The trailer also details some of the supernatural incidents that you’ll run into during the course of the game. Tokushu Houdoubu, one of Nippon Ichi Software’s several 20th anniversary projects , tells the story of a band of TV reporters and producers who investigate paranormal activities in hopes of bringing them to light on TV. As Kaede Watarai, a part-timer at the local TV station’s Special Report Division who’s said to have experienced 4

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July 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone A F A Indonesia p r ess con f e r ence Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/afa-indonesia-press-conference/ By sentinel011 on July 13th, 2012 Just moments ago, AFA announced their performing anisong guest list of the upcoming AFA Indonesia, to hold in Jakarta International Expo on September 1 & 2. Who will be in their list? Let’s find out! Ticket prices are as follows: I Love Anisong Special Offer” : - 2 Day VIP Pass: Rp 1.000.000 - 2 Day Standing Pass: Rp 600.000 - Standing Pass: Rp 350.000/day - VIP Pass: Rp 600.000/day - Exhibition: Rp 50.000/day - Exhibtion + Stage: Rp 125.000/day An estimated currency conversion would be roughly RP 1,000,000 = SGD$135 Source: 4Gamer K o k o r o Connect 1st T r ailer PSP Game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/kokoro-connect-psp-game-1st- trailer/ By mijumijuchu on July 13th, 2012 P r o g r ams Staples from AFA since 2009 and 2010 are the Moe Moe Kyun Maid cafe and Atelier Royale Butler Cafe will also be available to attendees at AFA Indonesia. Danny Choo will once again be AFA’s special host. More to be announced at a later date! Namco Bandai has begun streaming the 1st trailer for Akatsuki Tsukasa – Cosplay guest from Taiwan Kokoro Connect Yochi Random game for Playstation Portable (PSP) just this Wednesday. The trailer shows a 30-second video that features the theme song by eufonious, titled “future indication”. eufonious is also singing for their anime opening as well. You can watch the trailer here! The book cover on Anda Sadanatsu’s Kokoro Connect: Yume Random light novel revealed in March that there will be a game based on the comedy novel series was planned. Anda- san has created a scenario for the game as well. Kokoro Connect Yochi Random features five characters’ perspective called “Pentagon View Scenario” that the player can alternate between a “D.D.T” (Dyanamic Drama Transition) feature, and a point system. The game is set to be released this 18th October in Japan and comes with two versions, one the regular edition and the other a limited called “The Pentagon Box” . “The Pentagon Box” edition includes a visual memory book, an original drama CD, an original game soundtrack, book covers and an art box. The limited edition, “The Pentagon Box”, will be priced at 8,980 yen(approx. SGD$144), while the regular edition will be available for 6,280 yen (approx. SGD$100). (Source: Animeshinbun , ANN ) Tsukasa will be attending AFA ID, a first cosplay guest from Taiwan invited in to grace the event. She has cosplayed for numerous characters, male or female. Her notable cosplays are mostly of the sexy and sultry types, as well as Vocaloid and Sheryl Nome cosplays. We can expect many fanboys feeling hot and bothered from just looking at her photos alone. KANAME☆ – AFA Cosplay Ambassador 5

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July 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The band will be performing for the first time overseas at AFA Indonesia, so if you’re a fan of them, do check it out! Sea☆ A Of course, being AFA’s cosplay ambassador, KANAME☆ will be gracing the event, which we are expecting another mob of fangirls trailing after him like they did for all the AFA’s, including AFA Malaysia a month back. We respect his dedication to cosplay as a hobby, and are happy to see him coming to Southeast Asia again! This isn’t his first time in Indonesia, as he was previously invited by C;LASH, a cosplay event in Indonesia, last year. C;LASH will be cooperating with the AFA committee to heighten the cosplay segments within AFA Indonesia, so be sure to keep track of the activities they will be having! Our local girls Sea☆ A will be performing for its Southeast- Asian fans with hit songs from anime series such as CardFight! Vanguard’ s “Dream Shooter” and Toriko ‘s “Deli-Deli Delicious”. Sea☆ A is also currently recruiting more members, so do check out their official site and facebook for more information. K O T O K O The Queen of Visual Novel songs first performed in Southeast-Asia at AFA Malaysia, and this time she will be performing in AFA Indonesia! Her many other songs outside of Visual Novels include hit anime series such as Shakugan no Shana , Hayate no Gotoku , and most recently, Accel World . From our experience, her performance at AFA Malaysia was breathtaking, performing many crowd favourites like “Shooting Star”, “Being”, “Light my Fire”, “Re-sublimity” and even “-unfinished-”! Audiences will surely enjoy her electrifying performance at AFA Indonesia this year. Next up, are the Anisong guests. 7!! The band 7!! (pronounced as ‘seven oops’) is made up of four members Nanae (vocals), Michiru (guitar), Keita (bassist) and Maiko (drummer), with their origins from Okinawa. 7!! was formed back when the members were still in high school, and they have performed for over 7 years since then. Despite their first major debut in 2011, the band, under Epic Records, have released several songs used in various movies and anime series. A few of them are “Fallin Love” as a theme song for the movie “High School Debut”, “Lovers” for the anime series Naruto: Shippuden , and “Bye Bye” for Kimi to Boku . What’s interesting also is that their promotional video had famous film personalities Satomi Ishihara and Kei Tanaka as characters featured inside. I c hi r o Mizuki We all know Indonesia loves their Tokusatsu, and without a doubt fans would go crazy when Mizuki Ichiro is slated to perform in Indonesia! 6

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July 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone ”Aniki” will surely wow the crowd with his gigantic song list consisting classics such as Captain Harlock , Mazinger Z and Kamen Rider . Mizuki Ichirou has performed at AFA for the past 4 years without fail, reaching out to the young and old anime fans alike. This will be his first time performing in Indonesia, so catch “Aniki”‘s performance at AFA Indonesia! Which guests’ live performances will you be anticipating? Watch out as we update on more news and guests that will be attending this year’s AFA Indonesia! J o J o ’ s Biza r r e Ad v entu r e X C a pcom: special w e a pons in Monster Hunter 3 G , r umou r ed 2D fighter r e- r elease Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/jojos-bizarre-adventure-x-capcom- special-weapons-in-monster-hunter-3g-rumoured-2d-fighter-re-release/ By KarbyP on July 13th, 2012 Looks like NTT DoCoMo isn’t the only company that’s doing a tie-up with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. According LiSA to the following Japanese magazine scan , uploaded by an anonymous netizen, the long-running manga series is also doing a collaboration with Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3G – in the form of JoJo-themed quests and equipment. LiSA first performed in Southeast-Asia at least year’s AFA’11 in Singapore, and totally rocked the floor with her amazing vocals. She was picked to be the singing voice of Yui in the fictional band “Girls Dead Monster” in hit anime series Angel Beats! , and her popularity soared ever since. LiSA has released her first mini-album as well as her first full album, “Letters to U” and “LOVER”S”MILE” respectively. Her singles include songs for the hit anime series Fate/Zero , and her second single will be the opening theme song for this season’s anime series Sword Art Online . Catch the friendly and captivating rock singer LiSA at AFA Indonesia! Ste r eopony Capcom will distribute the two JoJo-themed DLC quests on August 10 and 17 respectively. Players who partake in either of these quests will also be able to acquire equipment exclusive to the tie-up. But to do so they’ll first have to farm for the materials required to forge the pieces in question. The first of these two equipment pieces, “The Mask of a Stand” (☆☆☆☆☆☆☆), is some sort of armour for your Felyne helper (correct me if I’m wrong, MonHun 3G players – from what I understand the ☆☆ class of equipment is Felyne-exclusive and gives your helper different traits and behaviour patterns). This piece is themed after the Harvest Many anime fans would have heard of this all-girl rock band from anime series Mobile Suit Gundam 00 , which they performed the opening theme “Namida no Muko”. Aside from that, they have also performed for Bleach and Darker than Black with the songs “Hitohira no Hanabira” and “Tsukiakari no Michishirube” respectively. Their latest single “Chisana Mahou” was featured in Letter Bee REVERSE. The girl band also sang for Eureka Seven AO ‘s ending theme, “Stand by Me”. Stereopony is no stranger to performing to an overseas audience, especially for western anime conventions such as Anime Boston, Sakura-con and SWSX2009. They have also held a live tour in USA, performing in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Ana. The girls will surely rock your pants down (well, figuritively) at AFA Indonesia! stand in Part IV: Diamond is Unbreakable . The Mask of a Stand can be forged as soon as you download the DLC quest to be distributed on August 10. A week after that, on August 17, players can begin to acquire a “Crazy D (Diamond)” hammer. This is themed after the Crazy Diamond stand, whose user Josuke Higashikata is the protagonist in Part IV. Although the Monster Hunter tie-up isn’t exactly as elegant as what the franchise is doing with DoCoMo, it’s still extremely heartening to see JoJo making the rounds to partner up with other companies – especially since it’s being adapted into an anime series , after all. Everything from now till the anime series’ airing date will only build up anticipation. 7

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July 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Still it strikes me as a little strange that Capcom would collaborate on something with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure at this point. Especially since Capcom’s development studios aren’t the ones enlisted to make Namco Bandai’s new JoJo All-Star Battle fighting game for the PS3 . Sure, Capcom made a 2D JoJo fighter in the past… but that’s all in the past now. … Or is it? Yesterday some sharp-eyed netizens spotted the following list of Xbox Live achievements for something entitled “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD” . Today’s reveal pretty much confirms that Capcom’s been hanging out with the cool boys over at Shueisha (who publishes JoJo), not that I ever doubted if the list of achievements were legit or not – leaked achievement lists were how the fighting games community found out about a Marvel vs Capcom 2 re-release, as well as Evil Ryu and Oni’s existence in SSF4 Arcade Edition, among other things. Just a matter of time before Capcom announces the JoJo re- release, we think. Source: Xbox360Achievements [via Eventhubs , Shoryuken , Crunchyroll ] 8

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July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Dis a ppea r ance of H a tsune Miku gets a n o v el ad a pt a tion Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/disappearance-of-hatsune-miku- gets-a-novel-adaptation/ By koppepan on July 16th, 2012 Asano is troubled by her human-like appearance at first, but in time, they come to understand each other’s feelings. cosMo@BousouP’s song, Miku (Hatsune Miku no The Disappearance of Hatsune Shoushitsu) is getting a novel adaptation written by cosMo@BousouP himself, with illustrations by Yuunagi ( Pixiv ). It is set for release on the 20th of July. Fans of the song can look forward to the new story and plot which will put the lyrics of the song in a new perspective, and those who don’t know the song can enjoy the story in it’s novel form. The story begins with a normal university student, Asano, who was asked to take the android, Hatsune Miku on a field test. However, Miku had a secret she hasn’t revealed…? Part of the novel can be read on Niconico Seiga. The novel will also come with shop bonuses: Amazon JP Illustration card by cosMo@BousouP Toranoana 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Clear file by Yuunagi Gamers Illustration card by Yuunagi HMV Online Book cover by Yuunagi Animate Illustration card by Yuunagi Seven Eleven Illustration card by Yuunagi Tsutaya Books Illustration card by Yuunagi WonderGOO 2

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July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The interior of the restaurant is decorated with over 1,000 One Piece figures, all from the owner’s collection. The shop also sells homemade soap and hand cream, as well as official One Piece goods and merchandises. Illustration card by Yuunagi Bunkyodo The lunch buffet features One Piece-themed food, such as Pirate Salad and Navy Curry. Dinner includes more themed food, as well as made-to-order cocktails. Upon request, the bartender (who also cosplays as One Piece chef Sanji) will make drinks based on the customers’ favorite characters. Illustration card by Yuunagi To commemorate the release of the novel, cosMo@BousouP has also released a new song, The leap from 0→∞. According to his comment on the video, the song was written with the novel’s plot in mind. Source: Akibablog One-Piece T hemed Bu f f et and Bar in Shibu y a Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/one-piece-themed-buffet-and-bar-in- shibuya/ By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012 A One-Piece themed buffet and bar has opened recently just last month in Shibuya. The restaurant, “Buffet & Food Bar 325″, serves lunch buffet during the day, and at night, it is transformed into a bar. The owner, Hiromichi Chiba, has been a fan of One Piece for seven years, and started the restaurant as a place for like-minded One Piece devotees to gather. The restaurant is open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and 6:00 pm to 12:00 am. It is open on Sundays for advance reservations only. The website for the restaurant: Buffet & Food Bar 325: http://www.bar325.com/index.html (Source: yattarjapan ) 3

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July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Science Ad v entu r e M a tsuri 2012 Summer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/science-adventure-matsuri-2012- summer/ By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012 Other goods include the Gold Oopa Ear pick at 3000 yen, a Steins;Gate apparel accessory set that includes a belt, tie pin and name card case with ten name cards from the characters of Steins;Gate. For Robotics;Notes, there will be an exclusive Exoskeleton T-shirt (Exoskeleton is a company in Robotics;Notes) for 3500 yen. 5pb has announced a summer festival event, the “Science Adventure Matsuri 2012 Summer”! The event takes place at Belle Salle, Akihabara on the 21st July (Saturday) from 9am to 6pm. The event features games made by 5pb such as Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes . A live concert will be held as well, and the guest artist line-up is a not to be missed! Acts such as Itou Kanoko, Zwei, Nao and Afilia Saga East will be performing at the live concert. There will also be gachapon machines featuring Steins;Gate phone straps and Oopas going for 300 yen each. Live concert guest line-up There will also be a talk event starting from 3pm with the new game, Robotics;Notes . It will feature the voice actors and actresses (seiyuu), Kimura Ryohei, Nanjou Yoshino and Tokui Sora . For the goods and merchandises, the event will be selling a Robotics;Notes big towel featuring Koujirou Frau of Robotics;Notes. The phone straps comes with the character’s respective world line. For the Steins;Gate fans, there will be a →(*→д→)→→Kaiba-! summer set featuring Makise Kurisu and Shiina Mayuri , and a →(*→д→)→→Kaiba! Shiina Mayuri iPhone 4/4s cover. 4

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July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone and others. Tickets are open for preorder on the official site till the 23rd of July. Official site. Countd o wn on Ryu Ga Gotoku ( Y akuza) series w e bsite: th r ee days to big announcement Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/countdown-on-ryu-ga-gotoku- yakuza-series-website-three-more-days-to-big-announcement/ By KarbyP on July 16th, 2012 The Oopa collection, with a special metal Oopa, just like in Steins;Gate! (Source: Science Adventure Matsuri Official Website ) Sega’s official website for the Ryu ga Gotoku (“Yakuza” in the West) series was updated today with a countdown graphic that says in Japanese: “Three more days to an important announcement.” Given that Sega chose to unveil this announcement-of-an- impending announcement on the Ryu ga Gotoku series homepage, as opposed to the one for Ryu ga Gotoku 5 (the title means “Like a Dragon” by the way, in case you were wondering), chances are this has nothing to do with 5, which is slated for release on the PS3 this December. Netizens in Japan have mostly hedged their bets on an HD re-release of the first two Yakuza games for a current-gen PlayStation console (Ryu ga Gotoku 1 and 2 were released for the PS2), although all of it is just speculation at this point, so your guess is as good as theirs. Other than a HD version of Ryu ga Gotoku/Yakuza 1 and 2, what else could the announcement possibly be? Another live-action movie or TV series, perhaps – the franchise saw a Takeshi Miike-directed movie in 2007. Before that, a prologue original video entitled “Ryu ga Gotoku ~Josho~ (→→→→ →→→→), also directed by Takeshi Miike, was released as a direct-to-video DVD in 2005. More recently, two TV series based on the PSP spin-off games Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinsho (Black Panther: Like a Dragon New Chapter) and Kurohyou 2: Ryo ga Gotoku Shinsho -Ashura hen- were broadcasted in Japan in 2010 and 2011 respectively. What are you hoping for the announcement to be? →→→→.com | →→→→→→→→→→→ Science Ad v entu r e Li v e 2012 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/science-adventure-live-2012/ By koppepan on July 16th, 2012 5pb/MAGES Science Adventure Team will be holding the first live for the Science ADV game series, featuring songs from Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes. The live will be held on the 7th of October, at Pacifico Yokohama (Where the TYPE-MOON Festival was recently held). The lineup includes Itou Kanako, Phantasm (FES cv. Sakakibara Yui), nao, Afilia Saga East, and Zwei. There will also be a original story performance characters, featuring: Tomonaga Akane (Seira Orgel from Chaos;Head) by the Miyano Mamoru (Okabe Rintarou from Steins;Gate) Imai Asami (Makise Kurisu from Steins;Gate) Seki Tomokazu (Hashida Itaru from Steins;Gate) Kimura Ryohei (Yashio Kaito from Robotics;Notes) Nanjou Yoshino (Senomiya Akiho from Robotics;Notes ) Ba k emonog a tari New Game Demo St r eamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/bakemonogatari-new-game-demo- streamed/ Nazuka Kaori (Koujirou Frau from Robotics;Notes ) Tokui Sora (Daitoku Junna from Robotics;Notes) Hosoya Yoshimasa (Hidaka Subaru from Robotics;Notes) 5

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July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012 Namco Bandai has recently released Bakemonogatari’s new game demo. The Official Youtube channel features the story demo for the PSP game Bakemonogatari Portable on last Friday. The demo previews the game’s recreation of the Hitagi Crab storyline from the anime adaptation and the supernatural light novel written by NisiOisin. Bandai Namco has also aired several other promotional videos and commercials for the game. Here you can watch the other videos: The game will be released in Japan on 23rd August. There are two editions, regular and limited. The regular version will be priced at 6280 yen (approx. SGD$100) while the limited will be 9980 yen (approx. SGD$159). The limited edition also comes with an exclusive box that included a back-pack inspired pouch, a special contents DVD, a voice custom CD, a custom theme and a booklet. With such talents working on this novel, an anime adaptation could be expected in the future. It will be published privately by Infinite, and will only be available for purchase at events and partner shops. The site is looking for interested shops willing to carry the novel for sale. Official site. Guilty C r o wn Lost Christmas 3 r d P r omo T r ailer Ai r ed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/guilty-crown-lost-christmas-3rd- promo-trailer-aired/ By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012 The Limited Edition bonuses (Source: ANN , Bakemonogatari Official site ) Saku r ak a gu r a n o v el by Hisa y a and Kishida Mel Naoki Nitroplus has began streaming the third promotional video the computer adventure game prequel, Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas based on the anime Guilty Crown on Sunday. Watch the trailer here! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/sakurakagura-novel-by-naoki-hisaya- and-kishida-mel/ By koppepan on July 16th, 2012 Naoki Hisaya, known for working on the story for Sola and co-planning Kanon with Key’s Maeda Jun has announced a new novel project titled Sakurakagura, with illustrations by Kishida Mel. It will be his first new project in 5 years. The video promo features the song “Planetes” , is sung by the anime’s in-story band EGOIST . The song is the theme for the Production I.G’s 12 minutes original video anime short bundled with the game’s limited edition. Summary of the game: The game is set in a decade before the anime, Guilty Crown takes place, on 25th Decemeber 2029. On that day, the “Apocalyse Virus” devastated the land in an incident known as “Lost Christmas”. Against this scenario, the game will reveal a previously untold story of the events that lead up to the anime. The cast of the game includes: Sakurai Takahiro as the hero: Scrooge, Asumi Kana as the main heroine: Carol, Takagaki Ayahi as Past and Kobayashi Yu as Present. Haganeya 6

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July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Jin (writer for Nitroplus’ popular game Demonbane ) will be writing the original scenario for the game and Chuuouhigashiguchi is the creator for the original artwork. Both are involved in the anime itself, which premiered on Fuji TV’s late-night Noitamina programming block last October. The regular version is set to release for 5,040 yen (approx. SGD$80), while the limited edition will be priced at 7140 yen (approx SGD$114). Nitroplus posted the first game trailer in January and began streaming the second one in April. There has been talks of an anime adaptation, and speculation that the game may be for the PS VITA (As spotted on the HTML source code on the page, though it has been since removed.) Source: Temple Knights Un c hained Blades EXXIV T r ailer f e a turing guest c ha r acter designe r s Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/unchained-blades-exxiv-trailer- featuring-guest-character-designers/ By Kyoka on July 16th, 2012 (Souce: ANN , Guilty Crown Official Site ) Nippon I c hi Soft w a r e ’ s Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no P a r ad o x o f ficial site open Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/nippon-ichi-softwares-kamisama-to- unmei-kakumei-no-paradox-official-site-open/ By koppepan on July 16th, 2012 Game company Nippon Ichi Software has announced a new game title in commemoration of it’s 20th anniversary, titled Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox. The official site is open now, with more details coming on the 19th of July. The game features the art of illustrator Noizi Ito, and the Disgaea team will be planning/producing the project. The opening theme and music is by Yousei Teikoku. The new teaser trailer for upcoming PSP and Nintendo 3DS rpg Unchained Blades EXXIV, a sequel to Unchained Blades Rexx (known as Unchained Blades in the west) features guest character design works, the two designers recently revealed were Yoshitaka Amano and Kia Asamiya. Yoshitaka Amano designed the game’s Dark Knight, while Kia Asamiya designed Zodiac. The trailer below list’s the game’s release date, in Japan on October 18th and info of the Premium Dvd set. The trailer’s music is provided by famed Nobuo Uematsu and the Earthbound Papas. The synopsis reveals that the story is about a high school student who suddenly becomes a god one day, and goes around fulfilling wishes with 7 angels, and develops as a person along the way. 7

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July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Andriasang Dark Knight by Yoshitaka Amano Zodiac by Kia Asamiya 8

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July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Evangelion Moon Ca k e Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/evangelion-moon-cake/ By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 Part 3 of the Evangelion Cake series features character Kaworu Nagisa, and is created in the image of the moon. Preorders open on the 19th of July, at 11am. Site here. New P r oject Diva f Modules Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/new-project-diva-f-modules/ By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 The new PSVita game, Project Diva f has released new modules for the game! This time, there are several costumes for each and everyone. The cake is a mango flavored sponge, with a white chocolate coating. The first module here is designed by popular illustrator nagimiso (Who did the character designs for the Meltdown PV). As shown above, the costume worn by Miku is called “Agitation”, while Kaito’s costume is “General” and Len’s costume is “Badboy”. It will come with a Kaworu figure (roughly 11cm in height), and a replica of the Mark.06 spear from the second movie. 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone This module is designed Ichiyou Moka ( pixiv artist ). The costumes for Miku is known as “Innocence”. For Kaito it is “Guilty” and for Luka it is “Amour” respectively. The posters themselves are B1 sizes, and when both the posters are combined together, you get a whole picture of the Fate/Zero cast and Tales of Xillia cast enjoying themselves at the festival! Lastly, we get the lovely girls in new swimsuit modules for the the song by OSTER project, Summer Idol! From the left, Miku is in a “Polka-dot Bikini”, Rin in a “Striped Bikini”, Luka in a “Resort Bikini” and Meikoin a “Long Valeo” bikini respectively. (Source: My Game News Flash blog ) Fate/Zero side But if you really, really want the posters, you can purchase them from Nico Nico Shopping . The set, called the Awaodori A w aodori in T okushima f e a tu r es F a te/Ze r o , T ales Xillia of course, come with other bonuses, such as a sticker, a card, a wristband, a fan and a hand towel. Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/awaodori-in-tokushima-features- fatezero-tales-of-xillia/ By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 If you attend the Awaodori (Awa Dance Festival) in Tokushima, there will be two posters of Fate/Zero and Tales of Xillia available. 2

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July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The windows are separate plastic parts for added realism. Tales of Xillia side (Source: Yaraon ) Radio Kaikan to coll a bo r a te with Steins;G a te f or 1/1000 scale model Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/radio-kaikan-to-collaborate-with- steinsgate-for-11000-scale-model/ By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 Radio Kaikan’s online shop, Hobby Kaikan has opened preorders for a 1/1000 scale model of the iconic Radio Kaikan, but with a Steins;Gate flavor to it. The scale model is available for preorder on Hobby Kaikan, and will ship out from the 1st of August. Site here. W akamu r aP to r elease PV c r e a tion book Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/wakamurap-to-release-pv-creation- book/ By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 WakamuraP, known for his PVs of 8#Prince songs such as Sweet Devil and Electric Love, and previously a popular producer of IDOLM@STER MADs, will be releasing a book through Shoeisha titled WakamuraP’s Video Recipes: Challenging Nicovideo and Youtube with free tools. In this book, WakamuraP will introduce some of his methods to create video effects and video editing tricks, mainly with free software like NiVE2 and AviUtl. It will come with a ‘satellite’ crash on the roof, just like in the world of Steins;Gate. 3

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July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone In commemoration of the release of this book, there will be an event called WakamuraP’s Video Recipes Extra ~The Making of Sweet Devil~, to be held on the 3rd of August, at 7pm in Akihabara Shosen Book Tower. The event is open to the first 50 people to preorder the book at Shosen. The book will come with sample effect clips and NiVE project files. The plush will measure 35 centimeters long and 33 centimeters tall. The plush also features wrinkles on its forehead and back, a curly pug tail and Apo’s trademark heart shoulder marking. You can see more sample images and videos at the official site here . Space B r othe r s gets A po dog plush Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/space-brothers-get-apo-dog-plush/ By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 Japanese hobby goods maker, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai, will be releasing an Apo pug plush inspired by the anime/manga Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai). The plush is an “almost life-size” plush and will cost 6090 yen (approx. SGD$97). The release date will be around the end of August. The anime adaptation of Koyama Chuya’s Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai) manga premiered in Japan on April 1. There is also a live-action film adaptation that was screened in theaters in Japan on 5th May. (Source: ANN , Aoshima Bunka Kyozai site ) Zettai Ka r en Child r en gets 3 r d anime season Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/zettai-karen-children-gets-3rd- anime-season/ 4

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July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 Zettai Karen Children, about a group of teenage girls who fight crime with their ESPs, will see a third anime season, Shukan Shonen Sunday (published by Shogakukan) revealed in its latest issue, which goes on sale today. The Sci-Fi comedy series takes place in a futuristic Japan where ESPers – people with special abilities – are appearing with increasing regularity. Source: Mantan-web Hunter X Hunter m o vie, subtitled “Phantom R ouge”, hits the a t r es in J a pan J anua r y 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hunter-x-hunter-movie-subtitled- phantom-rouge-hits-theatres-in-japan-january-2013/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 ESPers are appraised and ranked by levels, and enlisted by the Japanese government as a means to stop criminal activity committed through the use of special abilities. The series’ protagonists, Kaoru (psychokinesis), Aoi (teleportation), Shiho (telepathy) are three teenage girls who stand at the forefront of the entire ESPer community, having been appraised as Level 7s – the highest possible level. Together, the three form a special unit known as “The Children”. First seriealised in Shukan Shonen Sunday in 2005, the Zettai Karen Children comics has had a 30-volumes run thus far, with over six million copies sold. In 2008 and 2009 the series was adapted into an anime series that ran for two seasons or 51 episodes, broadcasted on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. An OVA was also released in 2010. To commemorate the occasion, a poll is being conducted over at the series’ official website to determine which of An official logo, subtitle, and release date for the forthcoming Hunter X Hunter movie was unveiled today. seven illustration pieces will be used as the basis of a poster- towel to be sold in the near future. The movie’s full title reads “Gekijouban Hunter X Hunter Hiiro no Genei (Phantom Rouge)” [### 5

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July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone HUNTER×HUNTER #################], and it will be hit theatres in Japan January 12, 2013. Despite the manga and anime series’ long-standing history, with over 60 million copies of the original comics sold, Phantom Rouge is Hunter X Hunter’s first feature-length animated film. Although the movie’s plot will be an original story, Hunter X Hunter series creator Yoshihiro Togashi has stated his inclination to write the script. Details of the movie’s plot at the moment are scarce. All that’s been revealed is that the story has something to do with Kurapika Kuruta (whose eyes turn scarlet red when he gets excited), as well as the Phantom Brigade Genei Ryodan. Hence the subtitle “Phantom Rouge” or “Hiiro no Genei”. More concrete details about the movie will be revealed in next week’s issue of Shuukan Shonen Jump (issue 34), on sale July 23. Source: Mantanweb 9. Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed Battle Destiny (55,527 copies) Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (54,902 copies) 10. Speaking to Famitsu magazine, Sony Computer Entertainment said that software sales were within expectations. On average, a best-selling PS Vita at this point moves approximately 70,000 units. That said, Sony expects to see more PS Vita games sell at levels closer to Persona 4 the Golden’s figures, as an increasing number of highly-anticipated titles come closer to being released. In particular, August’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, and Winter 2012′s Soul Sacrifice were cited as two potential high-flyers. Sony also added that gamers looking forward to the PS Vita’s next wave of titles can expect to hear about a major boost to the line-up come this September at the Tokyo Game Show. Source: Sinobi PlaySt a tion V ita m o v es F amitsu m a gazine headlines: Y akuza 1&2 HD Edition, Oda Nobun a ga & Liu Bei in Inazuma El ev en, and mo r e Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/famitsu-magazine-headlines- 790,633 units in J a pan; P e r sona 4 the Golden tops V ita sales c ha r ts Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/playstation-vita-moves-790633- units-in-japan-persona-4-the-golden-tops-the-platforms-software-sales- charts/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 yakuza-12-hd-edition-oda-nobunaga-liu-bei-in-inazuma-eleven-and- more/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 The Ryu ga Gotoku announcement Sega’s been teasing turns out to be a re-release of the first two games in HD. Final Fantasy III for the PSP (Japanese version) will feature full English text. All this and more in this week’s Famitsu gaming news in brief. Note: If you live in Singapore and are interested in picking up a copy of this week’s issue, Kinokuniya Books here usually receives their shipments on Fridays. 790,633 PlayStation Vita units have been sold in Japan since its launch in December last year, this week’s Famitsu magazine reveals in a mid-year sales summary for the platform. In the same report, Famitsu also revealed sales figures for the top 10 selling PS Vita software, as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Persona 4 the Golden (188,782 copies) Minna no Golf 6 (118,985 copies) Uncharted: Golden Abyss (89,390 copies) Gravity Daze/Gravity Rush (74.785 copies) Shin Sangoku Musou Next (74,718 copies) Tales of Innocence R (71,463 copies) Lord of Apocalypse (69,162 copies) Ragnarok Odyssey (65,318 copies) Fantasy Life Platform: 3DS Release date: Sometime in 2012 Price: Undetermined Project development: Level 5 Game developer: Brownie Brown 6

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July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Music: Nobuo Uematsu Image Illustration: Yoshitaka Amano Will support Street Pass, as well as local multiplayer. Expect a release date in next week’s issue of Famitsu. Final Fantasy III (for the PSP) The Japanese version of FF3 will have full English text – simply set your PSP’s system language to English to access it. New Super Mario Bros. 2 This week’s feature spread introduces gold rings enemies in NSMB2. and When Luigi touches a Gold Flower, he turns into Silver Luigi (Mario turns into Golden Mario). There will be stages where Mario will run non-stop after being blasted out from a giant cannon at the very beginning. Movement is automatic, so you’ll have to guide Mario through to the end of the level with precise jumps. Inazuma Eleven GO2 Chrono Stone Historical figures Oda Nobunaga, Kinoshita Tokishiro, Jeanna D’Arc and Liu Bei will appear as playable characters. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F New songs introduction: Acute (KurousaP or ###P) Unhappy Refrain (wowaka) Summer Idol (Oster Project) Some new modules are also introduced. We should have more on this later today. Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD Edition Platform: PS3 Release date: November 1 (although apparently if you do a search online, a December 1 date is listed instead) Price: 5,290 yen Load times will be short. You’ll be able to manage your item box inventory even in phone booths. At restaurants, dishes you’ve eaten will be checked so it’s easier to complete a challenge that involves having tried all foods. The pre-order bonus for Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD edition will be a special Blu-ray case modelled after the PS2 games’ original packaging. Toki to Towa ~Tokitowa~ Release date: October 11 7

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July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Two new characters are introduced. Makimona (CV: Aya Endo) is a fortune-teller who sees a vision of a wedding ceremony being interrupted by some sort of attack. Persona 4 Arena (Xbox 360): 9, 9, 9, 9 Bicode (CV: Tomokazu Sugita) is the leader of an assassin guild. The theme song for the game, entitled Rewind, will be performed by May.J (#####). Tekken Tag Tournament 2 New characters: Alex, Forest Law, P.Jack, and Tiger Jackson. Project X Zone Lady (Devil May Cry) and Lindow Amamiya (God Eater) will join the playable cast. Idolmaster Shiny Festa Songs featured in the title will include: That’s it for now, but do expect to hear more about some of the games covered here later this week, as new details emerge. Source: Tales Source Kyun! Vampire Girl Next Life Kazehana Yakusoku Tonari ni… Smoky Thrill Marionette no Kokoro Jibun Rest@rt During play, when your rhythm/life meter is maxed out, shooting star icons will begin to appear. Clear these icons with well-timed button presses and you’ll eventually achieve a Shining Boost, which activates a cutscene. Cross Review scores: Cave Story 3D: 8, 8, 7, 7 Kobito Zukan: 7, 6, 6, 6 Dangan Ronpa 2: 10, 9, 9, 9 Nayuta no Kisek (pictured below)i: 8, 8, 8, 8 New Super Mario Bros. 2: 9, 9, 9, 9 Persona 4 Arena (PS3): 9, 9, 9, 9 8

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Source: NeoGAF 1st t r ailer f or Ano Hana PSP game r e-int r oduces the P eace Buste r s (main c ha r acte r s) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/ano-hana-psp-game-gets-first- trailer/ By shia on July 19th, 2012 Mages has released the 1st trailer for the PSP game of 1st t r ailer f or Kami Jigen Game Neptune V o f f e r s a brief g limpse into the w o r ld of G .C1989 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/1st-trailer-for-kami-jigen-game- neptune-v-offers-a-brief-glimpse-into-the-world-of-g-c1989/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 the popular animation, “Ano hibi mita hana no namae wo bokutachi ha mada shiranai”(Ano hana) on 18th July 2012. The game will be a adventure game with multi-route splits and will delve into the story more than the animation did. Completely new story content will be added in and there will be a mode where players can interact with Menma. Ano hana is follows the story of 5 kids who have grown up after growing apart due to a unfortunate accident that claimed the life of one of their friends, in which the main protagonist, Jinta has become a shut-in after the accident, until one day he starts seeing the ghost of Meiko , the girl who had died in the accident. She returns with an unfulfilled wish that she has forgotten and hopes that Jinta can fufil it. The limited edition will come with a Special case, Drama CD, Dialogue book for the Drama CD a “Menma” and “Anaru” poster. Compile Heart has finally released the first trailer for forthcoming PS3 JRPG Kami Jigen Game Neptune V, the third game in the Hyperdimensional Neptunia series. I say fianlly because they’ve actually released quite a number of promotional videos for the game, mostly starring Izawa the former chief of a fictional Xbox 360 Special Forces Division (this is a series of commercials; it’s not an actual division at Xbox Japan) summoning various creators ( Nobuo Uematsu for music ) and various elements ( Keiji Inafune ship??? ) for the game. Now we finally get to see some actual gameplay. The Hyperdimensional Neptunia JRPG series are parodies inspired by real-world events that occurred in the games industry. The first two games depicted a war between the platform holders (represented by Goddesses) against piracy – specifically the R4 or Magic-Con flash cartridge for Nintendo DS, represented by a villain who’s literally named Arfoire in the English version. Kami Jigen Game Neptune V is set in G.C1989 (in the eventual English released this will probably be translated as “Gameindustri 1989), and is inspired by real-world events during the Sega Mega Drive and Famicom era. Series protagonist Neptune (CV: Rie Tanaka) somehow fell into a wormhole in time that takes her back into the past. There, she meets Pururut, voiced by Kana Hanazawa. Ano Hana PSP is developed by Mages/5PB and will be out on sale August 30, 2012. The normal/limited edition costs 6,090 yen and 10,290 yen respectively. Source : Siliconera , Ano Hana PSP OHP Ascii Media W o r ks leaks new R o- k yu-bu Game f or PSP Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/ascii-mediaworks-leaks-new-ro-kyu- bu-game-for-psp/ Kami Jigen Game Neptune V is due on August 30 for the PlayStation 3 in Japan. 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By shia on July 19th, 2012 Ascii Mediaworks might have actually leaked news of a new Ro-kyu-bu PSP game in its lineup for its Comiket 82 sales booth. T he w o r ld th a t God on l y Kn o ws Limited Edition v olume 19 to come with T enri ’ s A rc O V A Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/world-the-god-only-knows-limited- edition-vol19-to-come-with-tenris-arc-ova/ By shia on July 19th, 2012 Comic Natalie site reports that volume 19 of “神神神神神神神神 神”(The world that God only knows) limited edition will be packaged with an animation short of the Tenri arc. Keima Katsuragi is a gal-game otaku that would want nothing but to just chase after skirts in games. He answers a message from an unknown sender and finds himself chasing down real girls in an attempt to help Else, a demon to capture “lost souls” that have escaped from hell, lest he loses his head due to a collar that would swiftly end his life if he fails to do so. The story follows Keima as he capture girls and unravel the truth of the world. There has been 2 season of the animation but the story has not progressed to the current arc where Tenri and Diana are featured. While the image is of low quality, the text in the bubble does indicate a new PSP Ro-kyu-bu game in the works and it will be out in 2013. Ro-Kyu-Bu is a romance comedy about Hasegawa Subaru, who becomes the coach of a team of elementary school’s female basketball team by trying his best to bring up the standard of the team. Ro-Kyu-Bu was originally conceived from a Novel and is in its 10th book. It also has an animation that was produced by studio Blanc and the first PSP game was produced by Bandai Namco. It was an adventure game most noted for having a Loli gauge and a sports gauge, where the player would try to improve the team or relationship with the girls.(You get a bad end of being arrested under certain circumstances) Update : Looks like Ascii Mediaworks has changed the picture and it is no longer available on the Comiket Goods preview site. Source : ANN , Hachimaki Blog P r e-o r der Medal of Honor W arfighter Limited Edition F or E x c lusi v e Access to B a ttlefield 4 Beta Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/pre-order-medal-of-honor- warfighter-limited-edition-for-exclusive-access-to-battlefield-4-beta/ By GermanSausage on July 19th, 2012 Exclusive access to the sequel of award winning FPS, Battlefield 3 , will be packaged with Medal of Honor Warfighter . Despite having three remaining DLCs in the pipeline, with the final being End Game , due in March 2013. EA has officially confirmed that Battlefield 4 is in the works and the beta will be launching in “fall 2013”. That said, EA is “not ready to talk about Battlefield 4 yet”. At any rate, Swedish game studio, DICE, is going to be hard at work this Christmas. Source: EA Battlefield , EA Medal of Honor On the 18th of July, book 17 and 18 of the manga was released where the Tenri arc begins. The OVA will be focusing on the Tenri and Diana who are not in the main animation series. The book is expected to be out on the 18th October 2012. No price has been announced as of press time. Source : Comic Natalie Ono Daisu k e & K ondou T akayuki w eighing scale announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/ono-daisuke-kondou-takayuki- weighing-scale-announced/ 2

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone features the many vocal talents from it’s subsidiaries I’ve Sound and Key Sound Label including Mami Kawada, KOTOKO, Lia, LiSA and euphonius. Read our previous reports here: By shia on July 19th, 2012 • • Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Mascots Named, Special Page for Orpheus 神神神神神神神神神神神神神 Opens • Visual Art’s Kumikyouku special to be streamed on Nicovideo as part of 20th anniversary celebrations • Additional Lineup for VA20th Anniversary Concert: Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Shift: Next -> Generation! As reported earlier, the mascots of the event has been put up for naming by fans, as well as the voice actresses of the characters. The verdict is out! Ever wanted to have a voice actor telling you your weight? Bunka Housou is collaborating with Tanita to create a weighing scale that will be voiced by Ono Daisuke and Kondou Takayuki who hosts a radio show called “Dragon and Tiger” on Bunka Housou. The scale will be on early bird sale at Comiket 82. The base model will be “Inner Scan Voice BC-202″, it will be able to track your daily weight and measure your body mass index. The voices are specially taken from popular lines that they speak on the radio show, such as “神神神神神神神神神神 神”(Please get on, My lady) and “神神神神神神”(You have gotten slimmer). The package and the weighing scale itself will be specially designed and the weighing scale will have the radio show’s logo engraved on it. On top of that, a special audio CD containing a exercise regime will be provided, the exercises are certified by a proffessional and will be narrated by either Ono Daisuke or Kondou Takayuki. The retail price of the scale is 13,000 Yen. Pre-orders have begun and the expected date of delivery is in September, those that are unable to wait until then will be able to buy it at Comiket 82 which is happening on the 10th of August 2012, at the A&G booth in Comiket. Source: Kotaku , A&G Tiger & Dragon Radio show , The voice actress of Shion is non other then famous voice actress Tomoe Tamiyasu! Also responsible for enchanting voices of Rin Natsume and the original voice actress of Sasami Sasegawa and Riki Naoe from the game Little Busters!, Tomoe Tamiyasu has always been a crowd favourite in many Visual Art’s and Key events for her energy and adorable voice! Annoucement Link V A20th Anni v e r sar y Cel e b r a tions: Mascot V oice Act r esses and Li v e Goods Announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/va20th-anniversary-celebrations- mascot-voice-actresses-and-live-goods-announced/ Shion’s twin counterpart Kanon is voiced by yet another prominent voice actress, Keiko Suzuki! Known for her multiple roles in VA Key works including Yumemi from planetarian ~reverie of a little planet~, Haruka Saigusa/ Kanata Futaki from Little Busters!, she is also known for her latest work as Shizuru Koibana from Key’s latest games Rewrite! This addition is sure to captivate more audiences as well! Readers may look at the official announcement page here . Last Friday, the event official website updated the entire list of live goods to savour for! By Mycstea on July 19th, 2012 Announced over the weekend, much information regarding the event has been released again! Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year with a bang! As previously reported, famous visual novel publishing company Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. Along with it’s various activities and promotions, Visual Art’s is holding it’s massive celebration event at Yokohama Arena on the 29th of July 2012. This live concert 3

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Let’s wear this T-shirt and enjoy the 5 hour live together! V A20th Anni v e r sar y E v ent O f ficial Goods V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival O f ficial Phamplet ( W ith 2 CDs) 神Sizes: S神L神XL V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival Original T ee shi r t (Little Buste r s! v e r .) Price: 3 500 yen (with tax) This official phamplet of the event does not only offer the chronology of Visual Art’s 20 years of history, it also features full coloured pages of illustrations with their signatures, not forgetting information regarding all performing artistes in the live! Much more content are available within! With this phamplet, there is no doubt this event will be a fun one! 神B4 Size神36 pages Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original shirt printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Rin神 and 神Komari神 from the game 神Little Busters!神. Fire up the spirit of the festival with a taste of Japanese style T-shirts! 神Sizes: S神L神XL V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival Original T ee shi r t (Limited Sales after E v ent Li v e) (No Image available) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) A T-shirt only available exclusive after the live, please do purchase it! 神Sizes: S神L神XL V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival Original T ee shi r t (Kanon・Shion v e r .) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) A shirt featuring the two mascots of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Kanon神 and 神Shion神. 4

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival Original Mu f fler T o w el (20th Logo v e r .) V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival Original Wrist Band Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original muffler towel featuring the adorable designs of the Visual Art’s Big Thanks official logo, please leave it to the towel and sweat it out this summer! 神Size神1050mm×220mm Price: 1 000yen (with tax) Embroidered with the official logo of Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary, there shouldn’t be any worries about sweat during the 5 hour live!? Original Pin Badge Set ( V isual A r t ’ s Logo ・ 20th Anni v e r sar y Logo v e r .) V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival Original Mu f fler T o w el ( R ewrite v e r .) Price: 1 500yen (with tax) On sale are pin sets containing Visual Art’s and 20th Anniversary logo pins! Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original muffler towel printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Kotori神 and 神Shizuru 神 from the game 神Rewrite神. Feel cool while wearing this refreshing blue and white design towel! 神Size神1050mm×220mm 5

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone KSL Original C y alume P ou c h Big Nend r oid Plushie (Shion v e r .) Price: 2 500yen (with tax) A cyalume pouch printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Shizuru神 from the game 神Rewrite神. Capable of holding 8 sticks of chemical light sticks. Price: 30 000yen (with tax) A huge plushie featuring the mascot of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Shion神! Bring home a giant size Shion! 神This product does not include chemical light sticks. Big Nend r oid Plushie (Kanon v e r .) V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival Original Messenger B a g Price:7 500yen (with tax) An original messenger bag printed using the mascots of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival. The front cover of the bag is also inter-changeable. A possibility of new products to come!? Size: H270×W300×D160mm Price: 30 000yen (with tax) A huge plushie featuring the mascot of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Kanon神! Bring home a giant size Kanon! 6

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone other music under the wings of Visual Art’s 20 years, specially for Visual Art’s x Dance Music!! N y a tsume B r othe r s KEYN O TE - K ey Sounds Soshi Hosoi R emix Album- / Price: 2 000yen (with tax) Released in visualstyle,Nyatsume Brothers have finally been decided for book form! 164 pages in full colour, the book will contain content from 神visualstyle神 and 神Web Visit version神! Price: 2 000yen (with tax) An evolutionary break ball remix album produced by Soshi Hosoi (hosplug). A new sound born from the colourful works of Key. Furthermore, as a bonus, the book comes along with Mini Mini figures of the Nyatsume Brothers!! Also includes a newly written song by a collaboration between Shinji Orito and Soshi Hosoi! V isual A r t ’ s 20th Anni v e r sar y R emi x es Sil v er Accessories (No image available) Price: 14 500yen (with tax) Accessories engraved with Kotori from 神Rewrite神. By wearing it in a certain method, choker and bracelet can be used together. A chance to look cool and classy! V isual A r t ’ s Big T hanks F estival C y alume Sti c ks (Ult r a O r ange) (No image available) Price: 200 yen (with tax) Chemical light bearing the logo of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival. 1 stick of Ultra Orange will be sold at a time. Price: 3 000yen (with tax) To commemorate Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary, it’s history and birth, it’s many many masterpieces along the way, collaborations and networks, the world’s forerunners of the most current creators from every scene gather to create a transformation of dance music that everyone will be talking about! In addition, the works included in these 2 discs are definitive versions of music composed based on those from Key and Original Shopping B a g (No image available) Price: 500 yen (with tax) Original shopping bag to be printed with design. 神Black and Dark Blue are available. 神On the day itself, shopping bags will not be provided. Please bring a shopping bag in advance, or purchase a shopping bag. 7

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Goods will be available from 10am while the formation of queues will commence from 9am on the day itself! Although the sales of goods might commence ahead of schedule, the timing for formation of queues will not be changed, thus visitors are advised to come at the specified timing. Holders of tickets would not determine priority in queue as customers without a live ticket will also be allowed to purchase goods without a ticket. Readers may visit the official goods release page here . By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 V A20th Anni v e r sar y E v ent Special T alk Sh o ws Held at the event, the following interesting talk shows will be going on during the event proceedings! ・ V isual A r t ’ s Seiyuu T alk Sh o w ・ W e ’ r e blunt because it ’ s the 20th Anni v e r sar y Special・ Tomorrow, July 19, shall mark the first new-songs update for Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B. Four “new” songs will be added in this July update… which is good news, right? Not exactly. All four songs are not exactly “new” per se. Specifically, they hail from Project Diva Extend on the PSP. That said, this is the first time we’re seeing these songs rendered in HD resolution. The Dreamy Theatre PS3 app for Start timing神 Scheduled for 10:30神12:30 Project Diva Extend has not yet been released, after all. MC神 Keiko Suzuki, Tomoe Tamiyasu How do you feel about this month’s songs update? Are they worth making a trip down to your favourite arcade tomorrow for? Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! Event description神 Guest seiyuus from VA works such as Yoshitomo Tanaka, Kumiko Okugawa and Ryoko Tezuka talk about the unknown side of VAworks!? Source: Twitter Listen to their talks to your heart’s content at this recording time. Confi r med: Fuuka Y am a gishi will indeed ma k e an a ppea r ance in P e r sona 4 A r ena as a “n a vi- v oice” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/confirmed-fuuka-yamagishi-will- indeed-make-an-appearance-in-persona-4-arena-as-a-navi-voice/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 ・Kine-book P r esent a tion & P opular Write r s T alk Sh o w Start timing神 Scheduled for 14:30神15:30 Guest神 Ichiro Sakaki, Hideyuki Niki, Yu Miyamura, Tenhime Ame (In no particular order) Event description神 First unveiling of “Kine-book”, a new presentation of traditional Kinetic Novel storytelling! Also, MCfor the talk will be conducted by Miyu Inoue, featuring a host of popular and prominent writers!! Exhibition area will be open to the public from 10am to 1pm. Live ticket holders are allowed to enter the exhibition area from 10am to 1pm as well as 2pm to 8pm! Readers may read about the exhibition and view the floor map here . As reported earlier as well, SGCafe will be covering the event on site! Please look out for the full report after the event! Source: VA20 Official Website Last week we ran a piece that discussed the possibility of All image and property copyright belong to Visual Art’s Persona 3′s Fuuka Yamagishi being featured in Persona 4 Arena (Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena in Japan and Asia). Speculation on Fuuka’s inclusion began when some sharp- eyed Persona fans noticed that a particular screenshot of the game’s gallery mode released to Japanese media featured tiny snippets of what appeared to be character portraits for Fuuka and Persona 4′s Nanako Dojima. This week we finally got some form of official confirmation: according to Weekly Famitsu magazine, Fuuka Yamagishi H a tsune Miku P r oject Diva A r cade V e r .B ’ s J u l y songs upd a te is n ’t v er y e x citing [t r ailer] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hatsune-miku-project-diva-arcade- ver-bs-july-songs-update-isnt-very-exciting-trailer/ 8

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July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone will indeed be selectable in Persona 4 Arena as an announcer voice (called a “navi-voice” in the game). It’s not entirely clear from the cut-off text in the image below ( bigger ), but it appears that Fuuka’s navi-voice will be sold as DLC. Fans should also be pleased to see that Fuuka’s grown a pigtail and changed her look in the time gap between the end of Persona 3 and the beginning Persona 4 Arena (approximately three years): By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 Mad Catz-sponsored fighting games pro Taniguchi Hajime – better known as “Tokido” or “The Murder Face” to the fighting games community at large – will be coming down to Singapore next weekend (July 28 & 29) as part of the festivities here for Sony and Capcom’s Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament ! Although the multi-faceted pro gamer, who’s based in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture and team-mates with Daigo Umehara , is most well-known for his achievements at Street Fighter tournaments, Tokido also plays Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and Tekken at a highly competitive level. His talents in such games have led to fans christening him as one of the five fighting game gods in Japan (Daigo, Nuki, Haitani, Sako, and Tokido… in case you’re wondering, Mago the 2D God is not part of the quintuplet, because Mago’s title is self-asserted), and has also earned him nicknames like “The Murder Face” and “Ice Age” for his cool, calculated but ultimately devastating play. Here’s an example: So come on down to Wisma Atria, Level 1 Atirum next weekend – July 28 and 29 - to catch Tokido in action at the tournament grounds. Better still, if you’ve confident of your Street Fighter skills, take the Murder Face on. Go on, challenge him to a match (if you dare). We’re not sure if you’ll actually have to spot him at the event and ask politely to have a match, or if there will be a line formed just for getting your turn against Tokido. Just keep a look out for exuberant “oooh”s and “aaah”s from the crowd at the location, and you shouldn’t be too far away from the action. Oh, and just in case you’re actually a participant in the any of the 25th Anniversary tournaments, don’t worry, Tokido won’t actually be competing in them. He’s just here as a guest. We still do not know for sure if the voice of Persona 4′s Nanako Dojima will also be available as a navi-voice in the game as well. But since Nanako’s character portrait is located right next to Fuuka’s, the obvious conjecture is that developer Arc System Works should be making a similar announcement for Nanako soon. Who else would you like to see featured as a navi-voice in Persona 4 Arena? Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) will hit stores in Japan and Asia on July 26, and in the US on August 7. Read more about Atlus’s Persona franchise here on SGCafe! Source: Hachima Sing a po r e: Come meet MCZ| T okido a t Sony and C a pcom ’ s St reet Fighter Anni v e r sar y T ou r nament n e xt w ee k end Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/singapore-come-meet-mcztokido-at- sony-and-capcoms-street-fighter-anniversary-tournament-next-weekend/ 9

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Ba k emonog a tari Ending Illust r a tion Figu r es Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/bakemonogatari-ending-illustration- figures/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 Popular anime Bakemonogatari will be getting more figures! And this time they are based on the ending illustrations, Senjougahara Hitagi and Hachikuji Mayoi by Ueda Hajime. The company maker, quesQ will be releasing these two non-scale painted ABS which are 180mm in height. Both figures, the Bakemonogatari Senjougahara Hitagi Ueda Hajime Version and Bakemonogatari Hachikuji Mayoi Ueda Hajime Version will be scheduled to release in November and will cost 4400 yen (approx. SGD$70) each respectively. You can view some of the images to see what the figure looks like! 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Namco Bandai Games has begun streaming the first regular promotional trailer for Imageepoch, Namco Bandai Games and Satelight’s Tokitowa role-playing game for the Playstation 3 (PS3) on Friday. Watch the trailer here: The promotional trailer showcases the highlights of ”hand- drawn” animation of the characters interacting in a 3D world, and even in battle and travelling scenes. Known as the Playstation 3′s “First animation RPG” , the game summary revolves around an 18-year old knight, played by Yonaga Tsubasa (Chihayafuruas Tsutomu, Big Windup! as Mihashi Ren). The knight is to be married to the Kamuza Kingdom’s 16 year-old sorcerer princess named Toki, played by Hanazawa Kana (Steins;Gate as Mayuri, Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari’s Nadeko Sengoku). However, Toki learns from a fortuneteller, that someone will be assaulting them during their marriage ceremony. The producers who are in charge of the game are: Hirano Kay (Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed) and Tsukanaka Kensuke (Super Robot Taisen OG Saga). While Koshiro Yuzo (7th Dragon 2020) is the main sound producer. The anime studio Satelight , (Macross Frontier, Aquarion EVOL) will be collaborating in the in-game animations with the production company Bandai Namco Games and popular Japanese role-playing game developer Imageepoch (Fate/Extra, 7th Dragon 2020). Also the illustrator of Bakemonogatari VOFAN , will be contributing to the game as well. Check out the official website for more details! The game will be releasing on the 11th October. (Source: ANN , Andriasang ) Hidamari S k et c h and Man a bi St r aight: Hidaman a bi P r oject Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hidamari-sketch-and-manabi- Check out quesQ’s website for more images! (Source: quesQ’s Official Site ) straight-hidamanabi-project/ By koppepan on July 20th, 2012 The creators of of Hidamari Sketch and Manabi Straight are coming together for a new collaboration called Hidamanabi Project. Im a geepo c h ’ s PS3 T okit o w a RPG T r ailer with “Hand- D r awn Anim a tion” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/imageepochs-ps3-tokitowa-rpg- trailer-with-hand-drawn-animation/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 The first event will be a talk show (Hidamanabi Night), to be held on the first of August, at Shinjuku Loft Plus One. King Records’s Yamanaka Takahiro and Aniplex’s Takahashi Yuuma will be co-hosting the event. 2

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The August issue of Shueisha’s Ultra Jump magazine has published a piece of their key visual art for the upcoming anime series on Thursday! The art features Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando from Araki Hirohiko’s original manga’s Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure: Part 1: Phantom Blood . The anime will be premiering in Japan this October . The last half of the manga’s Part 3 has inspired an original anime video (OVA) in 1993, followed by an adaptation of the first half in 2000. Not only that, the manga’s Part 1 also inspired the film, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood. The official website for the anime adaptation has also been More details about the collaboration will probably come after the event. Source: Hidamari Sketch OHP opened. Not much information is shown yet so stay tune for more updates! J o J o ’ s Biza r r e Ad v entu r e: K ey V isual A r t R eleased A (Source: ANN , JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Website ) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/jojos-bizarre-adventure-a-key-visual- art-released/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 New Ky oto Anim a tion Shop CM uses scene r y f r om R okuji z ou, Ky oto Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/new-kyoto-animation-shop-cm-uses- scenery-from-rokujizou-kyoto/ By koppepan on July 20th, 2012 Kyoto Animation has released a commercial for their shop, rendered in the animation we have come to expect of KyoAni. The commercial shows a schoolgirl who boards a plane in her trip to the KyoAni shop. On first glance, it may look like a fantasy setting, but a closer look reveals that most of the video is set in Kyoto, more specifically, the area around the KyoAni studio. 3

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone If you are planning to visit Kyoto in future, why not drop by the KyoAni Shop? Source: Nuruwota ga kiru Here are some comparisons- H a tsune Miku limited edition PlaySt a tion V ita final l y has a price in Sing a po r e dolla r s Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hatsune-miku-limited-edition- playstation-vita-finally-has-a-price-in-singapore-dollars/ By KarbyP on July 20th, 2012 Sony has finally put a price on the Hatsune Miku limited edition PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi pack in Singapore. It will be released in Singapore and other Asian regions on August 30, alongside Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, for the price of… S$588 . Here’s what the pack will include: PlayStation®Vita HATSUNE MIKU Limited Edition 3G/ Wi-Fi Model (Model No. ! PCHAS – 1106K) ・PlayStation®Vita HATSUNE MIKU Limited Edition (Crystal White) ×1 ・PS Vita Exclusive software HATSUNE MIKU Project DIVA f ×1 ・Memory Card 4GB ・Origin! al Design Protective Film ・Original Design AR Card 4

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone ・Trooper Pack for PlayStation®Vita (Green)(MSY Co. Ltd.)** ・USB Cable ×1 ・AC Adaptor ×1 ・Power Cord ×1 ・Booklet ×1 **Trooper Pack for PlayStation®Vita is a townbag- like pouch that is perfect as a unisex, casual fashion item. The screen protective pads, used to protect the PlayStation®Vita screen (touchscreen), fit perfectly between the left stick and right stick of the console to protect the screen from scratches. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s only available in white. If, however, you really, really want a Hatsune Miku limited edition PS Vita in black , you’re not entirely out of luck. All you need to do is track down this guy in Japan. Quantities are limited for the pack, so if you’re interested in picking one up, make sure you pre-order at your favourite PlayStation partner stop in Singapore. A r c System W o r ks r ev eals its new myste r y game title: K yuu k ousha no Shojo Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/arc-system-works-reveals-its-new- mystery-game-title-as-kyuukousha-no-shojo/ By Kyoka on July 20th, 2012 Arc System Works has finally revealed its new Nintendo 3DS game which they have teased online a few weeks ago. The teaser site has now updated details about the new mystery game titled Kyuukousha no Shojo , translated in english as “The Girl of the Old School Building”. If you’re just joining us for the first time, and have absolutely no clue what in the world this game is, well, we’ve already covered a heck of a tonne about Hatsune Miku Project Diva F so check those links out. Sony expects the rhythm-action title to be the next big seller on the PS Vita . The Hatsune Miku LE PS Vita is similar to a regular Crystal White PS Vita in all ways but one – an image of the virtual idol is embedded on the Vita’s rear touch panel. 5

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone To celebrate the milestone, iPhone users will be getting 10 of “Stamina recovery Max” and “Tension recovery Max” items instead of the normal 3 of each once they complete the tutorial. On top of that, all users who start the game within this period will get a 7 day double XP and in game goods, making it an enticing preposition to begin the game now. W h a t is “H a tsune Miku G r a phy Collection”? “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” is a dream collaboration realized by many creators that is the second set of Japan’s first CGM(Consume Generated Media) social game. The efforts come from a plethora of illustrators across multiple genres; whom some of them are drawing Miku and the rest of the Vocaloid characters for the first time. This is all for the sake of enabling and enhancing player experience through expanding their card collection and to reach the goal of completing their card collection libraries. Crypton expects to add more cards as an ongoing effort to showcase new artists. Details from the official site states that the game Kyuukousha no Shojo is set in the town of Nanafushi Ootsgichou, a town known for its lush beautiful scenery, amidst its urban legends. Apparently at a school in town, stories of certain urban legend pertaining to seven mysteries has been spreading amongst the students. The as of yet unnamed main character of the game is particularly interested in a rather peculiar mystery, one which leads to a door in the school library that does not open. The game revolves around her search for clues that might help solve this mystery. Arc System Works has yet to reveal the game’s official release date. Source: 4gamer H a tsune Miku G r a phy Collection cel e b r a tes iPhone suppo r t with an in-game ev ent Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hatsune-miku-graphy-collection- celebrates-iphone-support-with-an-event/ By shia on July 20th, 2012 H o w is the gameplay li k e? The game system requires the player to build a deck of 6 cards which he begins with.To increase the number of cards, the player must do quests or use the gachapon(mini lottery) to try their luck at getting new/rarer cards. A social game must have some form of social interaction, for this game, players will be able to interact with each other via a battle system. Players can pit their deck of cards in a 1 vs 1 situation and the side with the higher numbers of wins will win the overall match. While having strong cards will increase the chance of winning, players can apply tactics such as rearranging the deck order in such a way that their stronger cards are pitted After a long wait of five months, Mobage social game “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” now supports iPhones. To celebrate that, Crypton Future Media(the people who brought us Vocaloids) are celebrating it with an event in- game. It was announced by Crypton Future Media on the 21st June 2012, that they would be working with DeNa, using their Mobage open platform system to extend support to include iPhone users for their popular card collection/nurturing simulation game “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” since its release in February 2012. 6

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone against the opponent’s weaker cards and thus gaining an overall victory through careful planning. Some cards have additional abilities that activate on certain conditions(Sun Graze: +300 singing/charisma only on Sundays) that might turn a lost cause into a stunning victory. Winners of this battle will gain XP and snatch a portion of their money and items of which can be used to further their goals of completing their collection of cards. Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection is now available for iPhone users and Android users alike on Mobage over here . A QR- Code link is also available just below. Clear the note with a well-timed button press, and you’ll activate Shining Burst, which will change the currently playing clip to the other one, and vice-versa. Although this may sound gimmicky in theory, it may in fact lead to some meaningful moments for Idolm@ster fans. For instance, for Chihaya Kisaragi’s (CV: Asami Imai) Yakusoku , you may choose to start playing with the following clip in the background: Source: 4Gamer , PC OHP E v e r y song in Idolm@ster Shiny F esta has 2 PVs, s wit c h a ble mid-song th r ough “Shining Bu r st” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/every-song-in-idolmster-shiny-festa- has-2-pvs-switchable-mid-song-through-shining-burst/ By KarbyP on July 20th, 2012 Also: package illustrations for each of the three different versions. What are you wanting for? Hit the jump to the full story! Then, when you hit the high point of the song, a Shooting Star note could change the clip to the following one, which depicts Chihaya’s childhood memories. Another example. In the song Gero Gero Kitchen , a Shooting Star appears right after Chihaya yells “I’ve got it, gero!” (・・ ・・・・・). Earlier this week we reported that Idolm@ster Shiny Festa will feature a “Shining Burst” play mechanic that will let you activate a special cutscene mid-song, if you do well. We had thought this to be similar to climax scenes in Hatsune Miku Project Diva F. But as it turns out, Idolm@ster Shining Festa ‘s implementation is quite different: each song in the game will actually feature two different accompanying music video clips. You can choose to start the song with either playing in the background. There is also an option to disable Shining Bursts completely, so that you’ll stick to the same music clip for the entire song. During play, as you rack up combos through well-timed button presses, your “・ (Kirameki) meter” will begin to fill. This meter is no different from the life or pass/fail meter in other rhythm action titles. When it’s completely filled, at specific points in a song, a “Shooting Star” note will appear on the screen. With a well-time button press you could swap clips and have Chihaya appear in an elegant stage costume. 7

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Famitsu also notes that during a Shining Burst it’s much easier to increase your score as well. Jibun Rest@rt A song that signifies the 765Pro idols’ growth. Apart from detailing the game’s Shining Burst mechanic, Famitsu has also published screenshots for a couple of songs, as well as package iluustrations for each of the three different versions (which will all come with different track-lists). Tonari ni… A ballad about a deceased loved one. What sort of scenes will follow after a Shining Burst, we wonder. Marionette no Kokoro First unveiled in the 13th episode of the anime series. ——————– Package shots ——————– Honey Sound Smoky Thrill Unit Ryuguu Komachi’s signature song. From training wear to… nekomimi (cat ears) and shippo (tail) cosplay? 8

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July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Clear file PS3 dummy boxart Source: Ryu ga Gotoku HD Edition Website 10

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July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Ao no E x o r cist M o vie R elease D a te Rev ealed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/ao-no-exorcist-movie-release-date- revealed/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 The popular shounen manga by Kazue Katoh, anime adaptation, Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) movie date has been revealed. The movie, stated on the official website on Monday is Jin-tan’s Egg Ramen or slated to premiere on 28th December in TOHO cinemas throughout Japan. Menma’s Egg Drop ramen Also on the menu, you can try the steamed cake that Menma made in Episode 3! If you pre-order the tickets which will be going on sale on the 25th August, for the first 30000 tickets, you can get a limited set of 3 different types of postcards. Another item on the menu you can try out is the Gari-Gari- kun Popsicle that was featured in the anime as well. (Source: ANN , Ao no Exorcist website ) New Menu a t Noitamina Ca f e T he a ter Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/new-menu-at-noitamina-cafe- theater/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 The Noitamina Cafe Theater at Aqua City, Odaiba now has a menu inspired by the series Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai ( or AnoHana for short) as well as the new Moyashimon Returns anime. Also, there is a menu for the new anime, Natsuyuki Rendenvouz as well. For the AnoHana menu, you can try out: Also, when you order the food items, you will get a random sticker that features Jin-tan’s shirts logo from the anime. 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone For fans of Moyahimon, the cute microbes are found all in the food items! Most of the food include fermented food ingredients so it’s definitely a healthy set! You can try the Triple Kamosu don, a rice bowl with kimchi, natto and pork miso soup Mix and Kamosu! Oryzae Face Pasta: The gallery will be showcasing Hoshino-sensei’s artworks from her most recent works: Mawaru Penguindrum. Visitors can also pre-order an autographed copy of her Works artbook from the gallery. There will also be a janken event where three winners will receive posters. (Source: GoFa website ) Japanese-style Yogurt de gozaru Sundae: J o J o ’ s Biza r r e Ad v entu r e ’ s Fictional Co nv enience Sto r e to be R ec r e a ted in R eal Li f e Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/jojos-bizarre-adventures-fictional- convenience-store-to-be-recreated-in-real-life/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 The fictional convenience store in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures, “OWSON” will be recreated in real life. The LAWSON convenience store chain, will be transforming one of its Sendai City branches into the fictional “Owson” store as seen in Part 4 of Araki Hirohiko’s manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures. And finally, for dessert, there is Natsuyuki Kakigori(shaved ice), from Natsuyuki Rendezvous Seems like its kakigori with edible flowers. (Source: Noitamina Cafe Theater website ) Ma w a r u P enguind r um: Hoshino Li l y Galle r y A r t w o r k Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/mawaru-penguindrum-hoshino-lily- gallery-artwork/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 Mawaru Penguindrum’s character designer, Hoshino Lily is having an art gallery at the GoFa (Gallery of Fantastic Art) which is held at Shibuya, at the Aoyama Oval Building. The gallery will be opened from 12PM till 6PM and entrance fees for this gallery is 500 yen per person. 2

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July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Not only that, the “Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition” will also be opening on the same day in Sendai to celebrate the manga’s 25th anniversary. (Source: ANN , LAWSON’s website ) The Lawson store’s front will be changed to be read as “Owson” just like in the manga. The store will also be selling exclusive “Owson” items such as notebooks, permanent markers, ballpoint pens , all only at the Sendai branch. Guilty C r o wn: Lost Christmas: Fi r st P r ess Limited Edition p r e view Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/guilty-crown-lost-christmas-first- press-limited-edition-preview/ By koppepan on July 23rd, 2012 Nitro+’s latest game, Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas will be released on the 26th of July. Today, the Nitro+ staff blog updated with preview pictures of the game package and limited edition specials. The game discs come in a clear box case, made in the same way as the cases for the BD/DVD version of TV anime Guilty Crown. The store will be exhibitng a miniature diorama recreation of Owson. And lastly, the first 10,000 people to purchase any JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures goods at the store will receive an original Owson plastic bag . The Owson Store will be open for business from 28th July (Saturday) till the 30th September. 3

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July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The front of the box: For the first-press limited version, the game comes with a 40 page book of sketches and concept details, the LOST XMAS Artworks. It comes sealed because of spoilers, so you can enjoy looking at it after completing the game. Inside: There is also an alternative jacket cover, with the option of redjuice’s or Kadowaki Satoshi’s illustration. It comes with an autographed card by illustrator Chuou Higashiguchi! The card is for Nitro+ Card Masters. Inside the box, you get a special OVA DVD, and the game disc: Additionally, if you purchase the game from Nitro +Direct, you get a bonus three B2-sized posters of the cover illustrations by Chuou Higashiguchi, Redjuice and Kadowaki Satoshi! 4

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July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Shiori and Otsubo Yuka , will be making appearances at the Amusement Park for the two-day event. Also, after the visitors finish the game, they are entitled to meet the voice actresses. Exclusive Yuruyuri goods and merchandise will also be available at the event! Here are the event details! Yuruyuri♪♪ -PK Theater: Sensational School RPG Sagashite♪Summer Daijiken!! Tickets on sale: 20th July Price: 3200 yen (with limited goods) Event opens on: 18-19 August 16 performance slots (8 per day) The PK Theater group previously hosted a similar event for Rinne no Lagrange at the Tokyo Anime Fair this March as well. (Source: ANN , PK Theater website ) Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas goes on sale in another three days. In the meantime, be sure to check out the countdown voices and the daily top illustrations at the official site! http://www.nitroplus.co.jp/game/lost_x/ Y u r uyuri Li v e-Action RPG to be Hosted a t Amusement P a r k Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/yuruyuri-live-action-rpg-to-be- hosted-at-amusement-park/ RDG gets anime by P A W o r ks, c ha r acter designs by Kishida Mel Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/rdg-gets-anime-by-pa-works- character-designs-by-kishida-mel/ By koppepan on July 23rd, 2012 RDG (Red Data Girl) is getting an anime adaptation by PA Works (true tears, Hanasaku Iroha, TARI TARI), with revised character designs by illustrator Kishida Mel (Original novel artwork is by Sakai Komako). By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 Popular comedy, slice-of-life anime, Yuruyuri based on Namori’s manga, will be having a live-action role-playing game (RPG) that will be hosted at Tokyo’s Toshimaen Amusement Park on the 18th and 19th August. The story is about a girl, Suzuhara Izumiko, who was born and raised in a shrine in the mountains. She lives quietly with her father, who is the head priest. In her third year of middle school, she is unexpectedly sent to a school in Tokyo, Houjou Gakuen. There, she is reconciled with her childhood friend Miyuki, who is extremely popular in class. Miyuki doesn’t acknowledge her at first, but due to family circumstances, he is ordered to become Izumiko’s slave for life. The two of them are then wrapped up in the strange happenings at school, with humanity at stake. The author, Ogiwara Noriko, expresses her excitement at being able to see the characters move on screen. She also mentions that the anime was planned before the novels reached a conclusion, but says that things have settled down since, and that she is looking forward to the anime. This will also be the second collaboration between Kishida Mel and PA Works, the first being Hanasaku Iroha. The RPG will be operated by the PK Theater team”, and visitors can get to play the role of “creator students from the series’s Nanamori Middle School and take on various missions that involve solving puzzles, using items and searching for lost items. You can watch their promotional trailer here: The four members of the “Nanamori-Chu Goraku- Bu” (Nanamori Middle School’s Amusement Club), the voice actress team, Tsuda Minami, Ookubo Rumi, Mikami 5

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July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Official site here: http://rdg-anime.jp/ Will folks who purchase the game in Asia be subjected to the same deal? As it turns out, yes! We’ve just received word from New Era, the distributor for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F in Asia that the protective skin will indeed be presented to gamers who pre-order at stores in the following countries: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Indonesia. For more details, check with your local games retailer. Even if they don’t know whether they’ll receive the PS Vita skin or not, check with them if they’re getting their copies from New Era or elsewhere. Only the New Era copies will come with the pre-order bonus. Other pre-order bonuses that New Era has brought in for gamers include a Sonic-themed notepad and pin badge that came with purchases of Sonic Generations (Xbox 360, PS3). [UPDATE] Hong Kong and Taiwan are the countries not under New Era’s distribution for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F Read more stories about Hatsune Miku and Project Diva Is Final F antasy V e r sus cancelled? XIII Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/is-final-fantasy-versus-xiii-cancelled/ By GermanSausage on July 23rd, 2012 We last heard about Final Fantasy Versus XIII quite some months ago in March. It went missing during E3 and we have not heard of it since. That is until Kotaku found some sources suggesting “that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is officially cancelled”. Kotaku also had another source suggesting that resources used to produce Final Fantasy Versus XIII had been folded into the sequel, Final Fantasy XV . With Final Fantasy XV gracing E3 instead of Versus XIII , will Final Fantasy XV be taking center stage once more at Tokyo Game Show (come September) while Versus XIII walk the same lonely path as Starcraft Ghost ? Sources: Kotaku , IGN here on SGCafe! R obotics;Notes anime PV synced to Kana k o Ito ’ s So r a no Shita no Soukanzu Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/roboticsnotes-anime-pv-is-synced- to-kanako-itos-sora-no-shita-no-soukanzu/ By KarbyP on July 23rd, 2012 Asia: Y es, H a tsune Miku P r oject Diva F will come with the p r otecti v e skin p r e-o r der bonus Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/asia-yes-hatsune-miku-project-diva- f-will-come-with-the-protective-skin-pre-order-bonus/ By KarbyP on July 23rd, 2012 A new promotional video for Robotics;Notes, which will air on FujiTV’s NoitaminA time slot come this October, has been unveiled on the show’s official website. Robotics;Notes is the third entry in 5pb and Nitroplus’s Science Adventure series of visual-novel games and anime franchise. Set in 2019, it tells the story of a group of otakus – a fighting game otaku, an anime otaku, a robot otaku, urban legend otaku, and a 2ch otaku – who band together through a series of events that eventually lead to the building of a life- sized giant robo that will save the world. Itou Kanako’s Sora no Shita no Soukanzu is used as the background music for this PV. It is also the ending theme for the game. We’ll have more on Robotics;Notes soon. In the meantime, check out our previous coverage on the title. Whenever a game maker announces that their latest title will come with a cool pre-order bonus item, gamers in Singapore and other regions outside Japan alike worry about if they’ll receive the bonus item when they purchase the title in retail stores in Singapore. That’s especially the case with the Hatsune Miku PS Vita protective skin that’ll be offered to gamers who pre-order Sega’s Project Diva F in Japan – especially since you won’t be able to buy this protective skin anywhere else, and since the skin is designed to match one of the game’s loading screens. Source: JAMguru , RoboticsNotes.TV 6

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July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture J o ysound x Evangelion: U- Style Evangelion Ka r ao k e Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/joysound-x-evangelion-u-style- evangelion-karaoke/ By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012 At Joysound, an Evangelion experience is waiting for you! Recently opened, it features Evangelion rooms which doubles as a karaoke lounge, where fans can enjoy karaoke in an Eva-tastic style, at U-Style Tsudanuma! The main lobby of the place has been decorated to look like the NERV Headquarters, and the rooms have been given a make-over in the style of Evangelion, with rooms dedicated to each character. Some of the rooms at U-Style, Tsudanuma! There is also an Evangelion-themed menu to complete the experience! There is also a huge Eva-01 statue at the front desk. The karaoke machines are transformed into Eva-like machines too! Some of the food items you can try at the karaoke! 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone (Source: Goboiano , animate ) PlaySt a tion All-Sta r s B a ttle R oy ale beta a vail a ble n o w f or Hong K ong and Sing a po r e PS Plus subscribe r s Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/playstation-all-stars-battle-royale- beta-available-now-for-hong-kong-and-singapore-ps-plus-subscribers/ By KarbyP on July 25th, 2012 Food No.01: NERV Burger Shoryuken.com is reporting that a beta for PlayStation All- Stars Battle Royale is available now to PS Plus members in Singapore and Hong Kong. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a frantic four-player fighting game that stars characters from various PlayStation first-party properties, such as Parappa the Rapper and God of War’s Kratos, as well as characters from third-party franchises: Heihachi from Tekken, Bioshock’s Big Daddy, and more. Judging from the description of the item on the PlayStation store, it looks like the beta will include online play: Food No.10: Eva 01 Parfait The goal of the Beta is to allow the developers to test the servers and Match Making features. Of course, to do that we need lots of people on the servers so please come along and battle your favourite characters!” Although the beta will probably make its way to the PS Plus in other regions eventually, currently there is no information on when that will happen. For now the beta is a timed- exclusive for Singapore and Hong Kong users. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, PlayStation Plus is a premium service for PS3 users that gives them free games (selected titles) every month, as well as access to online storage for save files, full game trials, trophy auto- syncing, and other exclusive offers. Free games offered under the PS Plus programme are playable until you choose to stop renewing your subscription to the programme. This month, Singapore and Hong Kong PS Plus subscribers are treated to a free copy of Echochrome II, The Last Guy, and Ape Escape! (PS1 title, Japanese), among other offers. In Singapore, PlayStation Plus membership is offered on two subscription bases – monthly and annually. A 30-day subscription costs S$6.99, while an annual pass (365 days) will run you $42.99. Food No.07: Angel Hamburger Don To get to this awesome karaoke lounge, the U-STYLE TSUDANUMA is located between two stations, “Tsudanuma Station” at JR SOBU Line and “Shin-Tsudanuma Station” at Shinkeisei Line. The location of the karaoke lounge is situated at: 1-2-1 Tsudanuma, Narashino-shi, Chiba 13 Build. 4F, 5F Tel: 047-403-7227 Business Hour: 11:00am-6:00am 2

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July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Shoryuken.com S w o r d A r t Online P r eo r de r s Open? Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/sword-art-online-preorders-open/ By koppepan on July 25th, 2012 Animate has been holding a Sword Art Online fair at their outlets, and every purchase of any Sword Art Online novel or manga entitles you to redeem a special three page booklet, the Argus’s Sword Art Online 2022 Promotion Pamphlet. This is a joke pamphlet in collaboration with the Sword Art Online series, and a lot of attention to detail has been put in to make it look convincing! Even as just a promotional flyer, it has collector’s value. Source: Itsuka baito wo yamete yaru! F a te/Kaleid Liner Prisma Il l y a: Anime V isual Rev ealed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/fatekaleid-liner-prisma-illya-anime- visual-revealed/ By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012 A recent magazine scan that revealed the key visual for the upcoming anime adaptation of Hiroyama Hiroshi’s Fate/ Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya manga was posted online. According to the pamphlet, the game will go on sale on the 6th of November, 2022. The game itself will cost 39800 yen, while the game with the Nerve Gear hardware will set you back 129800 yen. While ten years before may too early as a preorder period, considering Sword Art Online’s revolutionary system and technology, it may be wise to preorder your copy early. It is limited to a run of 10000 copies. The project will be directed by Oonuma Shin at SILVERLINK. You can check out the official site: http:// prisma-illya.jp/ Also, you can follow Illya’s and Hiroyama-san’s twitters as well for more updates! (Source: ANN ) Comi k et 82 Pixiv Goods Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/comiket-82-pixiv-goods/ By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012 The popular Japanese art site Pixiv.net has released information about their goods for this coming Comiket 82! Comic Market or Comiket, takes place twice a year, the first 3

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July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone one during summer and the other during winter. This year’s Comiket or C82 will be held on 10th August till 12th August at the Tokyo Big Sight. For this year’s C82, the Pixiv booth will be selling two different illustration books. The first illustration book is “pixiv girls collection Futari no Jikan”. The illustration book comes with a B5 size clear pencil board. Here is the main cover for the illustration book. Here are some sample illustration from the book! The second illustration book is a collaboration between the Fate series and pixiv. The illustration book, called “pixiv x TYPE-MOON Illust Collection 10th Anniversary Special Edition” will be A3 in size. The book has approximately 80 pages and it features illustrations from their recently held contest, “TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Contest”. The front cover. 4

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July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Also if you purchase both the books, you can get a free “pixiv- tan” paper bag! The booth will also be selling a Pixiv phone strap for 50o yen. Here are some sample pages from the book itself! (Source: pixiv.net ) Lawson x Ito En Madoka M a gica Campaign Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/lawson-x-ito-en-madoka-magica- campaign/ By koppepan on July 25th, 2012 Madoka Magica is Lawson’s next collaboration target, with its summer joint promotion with Ito En. Prizes can be won when you buy Ito En drinks, and there will be exclusive goods available at Lawson stores. For purchasers of the TYPE-MOON illustration book you will get a different shopping bag! 5

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July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Buying selected drinks from Ito En will give you a code on the receipt which entitles you points you can accumulate to participate in a draw! For the A course: A Kyubey sofa E Course: Clear File B Course: Original 3D poster There is also a bonus wallpaper image for all participants of the campaign. C Course: Kyubey Bath set The Lawson tie-ins include: Sweet tablets with a 3D illustration box D Course: Petanko Figure 6

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July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone With pressure on mounting on Square Enix to produce results, we can expect Final Fantasy Versus XIII to make a sneak appearance at Gamescon or Tokyo Game Show. If we hear naughts, we might just nominate Final Fantasy Versus XIII for the next Wired News Vaporware Awards. Sources: IGN , Twitter Di a blo III ’ s I n vulne r a bility e xploits f ound f or W iza r ds and Barbarians Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/diablo-iiis-invulnerability-exploits/ By Xharky on July 25th, 2012 Not satisfied with having server issues and other ‘fun’ events for players, Diablo III has now come up with invulnerability exploits for both Wizards and Barbarians. And a cream and blueberry jam bread The bread also comes with bonus skill cards which can be used for the Madoka Magica Online game. Source: Lawson Wizard: Step 1: Select Teleport – Fracture. Bind it to a key Step 2: Select Archon, tested with Improved Archon Step 3: Hover your mouse over or near your charcter Step 4: Press Teleport Step 5: QUICKLY(!) Press Archon Barbarian (Thanks to YouTube user MetaSerge , and Final F antasy V e r sus XIII Still Ali v e – Y oi c hi W ada Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/final-fantasy-versus-xiii-still-alive- yoichi-wada/ on Blizzard Forums ): 1. Have Furious Charge with Dreadnought Rune 2. Charge into a certain opening cinematic (before it begins, details on forum and youtube links) For the barbarian exploit, it certainly isn’t as strong as the Wizard one, but comes close enough that you shouldn’t be able to die at all. Since players who knew about these exploits are only just ‘releasing’ it to the public, goodness knows how much cash they have earned off the RMAH. Blizzard has announced that they will be attempting to hotfix the wizard exploit as soon as possible , but there has been no announcements By GermanSausage on July 25th, 2012 On his Twitter , Square Enix CEO, Yoichi Wada, denies that Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been quietly axed . about the barbarian one. Sources: Blizzard Forums , Youtube (Wizard) , Forums (Barb) , Youtube (Barb) The game has teased fans since May 2006 at E3. This year, the game has gone mysteriously missing from the game showcase at Los Angeleus. In its place, a CGI teaser trailer of Final Fantasy XV entertained the crowds. A similar maneuver was used in 2006 when Blizzard quietly killed off Starcraft Ghost while everyone were distracted by World of Warcraft . 7

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July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone “ P e r sona 4: T he Ultim a te in Ma y onaka A r ena” to be ad a pted into manga series Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/persona-4-the-ultimate-in- mayonaka-arena-to-be-adapted-into-manga-series/ By KarbyP on July 25th, 2012 The Street Fighter® 25th Anniversary Chess Set is limited to 5000 sets, each of the chess pieces are resin pieces painted with silver and pewter colored paints. The Roster(Using their American names) includes Ryu & M.Bison as kings, Chun-Li and Juri as queens, Ken, Guile, Balrog & Vega as bishops, E. Honda, Blanka, Rolento & Akuma as knights, Dhalsim, Zangief, Sagat & Seth as rooks and Ryu’s fist & Shadaloo winged skull as the pawns. The official Persona publicity blog announced today that Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (also known as “Persona 4 Arena” in the West), due to be released in Japan and Asia this Thursday, will be adapted into a manga series and serialised in Persona Magazine, beginning with issue #10. This adaptation is a straight-up “comicalization”, which is industry lingo for “the comic or manga series will follow after the story as detailed in the original work” which, in this case, would refer to the 30 to 40-hour long story mode in Persona 4 Arena. Although both the game and manga series will essentially be telling the same story, Atlus says that the manga series will render the story’s intense moments with a sense of action that’s only possible in manga format. Aiya Kyuu, the manga artist and author for Monthly Comic Gene’s Antimagia, will illustrate the P4U manga series. Persona Magazine #10 , published by Dengeki, will go on sale The storage case doubles as a chessboard and will be made of high quality black wood with a glass surface for collectors to display the chess pieces. The Street Fighter® 25th Anniversary Chess Set will retail at US$299.95 with an expected release date in August 2012 and it will be a Capcom store exclusive. in Japan August 10 for 840 yen. Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena the game (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) comes out in Japan and Asia on July 26, this Thursday, and is due to be released in the US August 7. Source: Persona publicity blog C a pcom to r elease c hess set as pa r t of St r eet Fighter ’ s 25th Anni v e r sa r y Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/capcom-to-release-chess-set-as-part- of-street-fighters-25th-anniversary/ By shia on July 25th, 2012 As part of Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary, The cool folks at Capcom are releasing a set of chess pieces cast in the shapes of your favourite street fighter characters. 8

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Idolm@ster 2 PS3 D L C C a talog 10 t r ailer st r eamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/idolmster-2-ps3-dlc-catalog-10- trailer-streamed/ By shia on July 27th, 2012 Famitsu reports that Bandai Namco has released the trailer for their latest DLC catalog for their hit game Idolm@ster 2 . This is the 10th set in their series of DLC for the PlayStation 3 version of the game. Is there no end to this DLC madness? My poor wallet … DLC Catalog 10 returns the song “Colorful Days” , the 765 girls theme song from their “Idolm@ster SP”(PSP) games, to the high definition screen of the PlayStation 3 console along with 5 costumes and 4 accessories. All of these will be available at a PSN store near you on 02 August 2012 . The details are as follows : Song – Colorful days – 1,200 yen Accessories – Whole Cake Hat, Lolipop Brooch, Cookie Ring and Sweet Short Boots. – 300 yen each / full pack available at 980 yen And for buying the whole set above, Bandai Namco will throw in a free Haruka Confectionery set. Costume – Colorful Ballerina Swimsuit – 1,200 yen each and 765 White School The IdolM@ster DLC Catalog 10 will be available at a PSN store near you on 02 August 2012 . Source : Famitsu , OHP Manga T r ansl a tion B a ttle 2012, W in a trip to J a pan or an i P ad Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/manga-translation-battle-2012-win- a-trip-to-japan-or-an-ipad/ By shia on July 27th, 2012 Costume – Weeping Wisteria, Burning Performer and Stratos Butterfly – 750 yen each / full pack available at 1,980 yen 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The Digital Comic Association, in collaboration with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan will be organizing a Manga translation competition on their facebook site. The grand winner will walk away with a trip to japan and a grant as a professional translator. Runners-up will win new iPads. JManga, claims the competition will have no limitations to nationality, age and place of residence when judging and the competition is open for anyone that wants to have a go at it. The competition will be running from 26 July 2012 to 26 September 2012. Aspiring translators can try their hand at translating over at their facebook web application here . Source : Manga Translation Battle 2012 Ishida Mitsunari: K oei to R elease Hu g ging Pill o w C o v e r s: Samu r ai W a r rio r s Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/koei-to-release-hugging-pillow- covers-samurai-warriors/ It’s obvious that these pillows are targeted to the female players of the game. Fans can preorders the covers at the Sengoku Musou Seiyuu Ōgi 2012 Aki event in Tokyo on September 1, as well as at the Neo Romance Festa 13 event for games aimed at female players. By mijumijuchu on July 27th, 2012 Japanese game developer Tecmo KOEI Games revealed that they will be offering Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou in Japan) “hugging pillow covers” (dakimakura) at the end of September. Three different warriors will be featured on these covers: Date Masamune: (Source: ANN , KOEI’s Twitter ) T ek k en T a g T ou r nament 2 P r omo V ideos St r eamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/tekken-tag-tournament-2-promo- videos-streamed/ By mijumijuchu on July 27th, 2012 The Tekken fighting game franchise’s official Youtube channel began streaming four new character promotional videos and another four new stage introduction trailers for their new game, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Thursday. The videos feature previously revealed new characters, Prototype Jack, Alex, Tiger Jackson and Forest Law, as well as the new stage areas, France, Spain, Philippines and Holland. Watch the trailers here! Prototype Jack Alex Tiger Jackson Forest Law The stage arena trailers! France Spain The Philippines Holland Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be featuring more than 50 playable characters from the Tekken franchise. Pre-orders for the North American version will include access to the bonus Snoop Dogg stage, Big Bikini Bundle with more than 100 swimsuits and XBLA Yoshimitsu and Raven Avatars or Playstation Network Tempest Theme, as well as early access to the characters Kunimitsu, Ancient Ogre, Michelle Chang and Angel. The game will be released for the Playstation 3 (PS3) and Xbox360 consoles in Japan on 13th September, North Sanada Yukimura: 2

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone America, it will be on 11th September, and Europe, it will be released on 14th September. The arcade version has been released in Japan last September. (Source: ANN ) P r oject Diva A r cade J u l y 2nd r ound of modules Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/project-diva-arcade-july-2nd-round- of-modules/ By shia on July 27th, 2012 Diva station Weekly(Project Diva Official Blog) announces the inclusion of 4 new modules for popular arcade music game , Project Diva Arcade. The 4 modules that they will be releasing on 31 July 2012 are, “Americana”, “Gothic Purple”, “Club activities girl” and “Nostalgic” “Americana” was first released on this year’s Miku no Hi celebration and the other 3 debuted in Project Diva Extend as usable modules. The 4 modules that will be available are as follows : Americana – 300 VP Club Activities Girl – 250 VP Nostalgic – 250 VP Gothic Purple – 250 VP 3

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The 4 modules will be out on 31 July 2012 on Project Diva Arcade. Americana will cost 300 VP and the rest 250 VP each. Source : Weekly Diva Station F a te/Ext r a CCC T r ailer posted Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/fateextra-ccc-trailer-poster/ By koppepan on July 27th, 2012 PSP game Fate/Extra CCC has released it’s first trailer today! The game is set for release in 21st February, 2013. Fate/Extra CCC is a sequel to Fate/Extra. Gilgamesh has been added as a playable character, and you can see him following the main character around in the trailer! A video preview of the Saber figma that will come with the limited edition of the game has also been uploaded: youtube id=”M0FDKu6J8Po” width=”600″ height=”350″] There is also a video comment by Saber Nero’s voice actor, Sakura Tange! Source: Yaraon! Phantasy Star Online 2 T ops 73,000 pla y e r s and summer upd a te news Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/phantasy-star-online-2-tops-73000- players-and-summer-update-news/ 4

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2. New costumes/accessories By shia on July 27th, 2012 4Gamer reports that Phantasy Star Online 2 has passed the 73,000 user mark as of 26 July 2012, and that it had the highest simultaneous login of 91,513 user connections on 07 July 2012 at 2300HRS JST. • Costumes Bum swimwear o Bikini swimwear o Phantasy Star Online 2 will be launching their summer Hayes sorcerer – Male Human/Newman o campaign that will consist of 3 updates across the month of August. They will happen on the 01 August, 08 August and the last is slated for the second half of August. 4Gamer reports that summer update 1 will have new monsters, costumes/accessories and that the monument in the lobby will be updated to reflect the summer changes. The full list of changes are as below : 1. New monsters Candy crown – Female Human/Newman o Magus Series – Male Cast o 5

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Illusion Series – Female Cast Red inflatable tube o o • Hairstyle Hayes sorcerer hat o Short regent o Candy crown headgear o Skinhead o 3. Lobby monument will be updated to reflect the summer season. • Accessories Hibiscus & pink shu shu o 6

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone up at chain video games boutique’s head office, and will be distributed to branches tomorrow (Friday, July 27). Certain branches of Comics Connection might still have copies. Give your local branch a call , and who knows, it might be your lucky day. If you know of any other retailers that still have copies of Persona 4 Arena on sale, please let us know via the comments below. Phantasy Star Online 2 is a MMORPG the latest in the series of the Phantasy Star Online series which started in December 2000, the official service for PSO2 began on 4th July 2012 on the PC and Sega is in the process of releasing it for the mobile phones in spring 2013 and PSVita at a later date. Sega expects to have a English version so as to cater to the international crowd in 2013. Do read up on our previous posts on PSO2 on SGCafe here . Even if you don’t manage to land a copy of Persona 4 Arena right now, don’t fret. Just because the stocks have yet to arrive at your favourite games retailer, doesn’t mean you can’t play the game. Our good friends over at Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe have relayed word that they’ve brought in four copies of the game for patrons to take on each other in a lag-free environment. And since TCGC is the console LAN cafe in Singapore that’s geared towards fighting games enthusiasts, every single PS3 in the shop is hooked up with two or more arcade joysticks – so you won’t have to bring yours. Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe is located within Parklane Shopping Mall, level 2 (35 Selegie Road #02-25B, Singapore 188307). Its opening hours are from 11AM to 3AM on most days. Rates are as follows (subject to change beginning August): CONSOLE $2 per person per hour (you’re not tied to a single console, so feel free to mingle) Source : 4Gamer PS02 Server records , 4Gamer Summer update 1 , PSO2 Japan OHP , PSO2 international teaser site Sing a po r e: Do n ’t h a v e P e r sona 4 A r ena? T r y these sto r es, or play a t T ough Cookie Gaming Ca f e Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/singapore-dont-have-persona-4- arena-try-these-stores-or-play-at-tough-cookie-gaming-cafe/ By KarbyP on July 27th, 2012 $10 whole day LAN $2 per person per hour $12 whole day For more information on Tough Cookie, visit their Facebook And if you do have a copy of Persona 4 Arena, come on in and join the SGCafe Mayonaka Arena Investigation Team (list of page. players’ PSN IDs)! Max out your Social Links! We’ve received word from a number of readers that even though Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (Persona 4 Arena in the West) is supposed to be released today, a number of retailers here in Singapore have apparently not received their copies yet. Here at SGCafe, we definitely feel your pain (i.e. I don’t have mine either). So we’ve called up a bunch of retailers to see if we might be able to help you (and me) score a copy before the weekend. Gamescore at Funan has completely sold out of their allotment, and told us that they expect the next batch of copies to come in next Tuesday or Wednesday. When we contacted FunzCentre (Orchard branch), a representative told us that their allotment is currently tied Cosplay – An Inte r view : Kirisaki Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/cosplay-an-interview-kirisaki/ 7

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By sakurazaki on July 27th, 2012 Introduce yourself Hello! I’m Kirisaki from Singapore. Forever a poor student saving up for cosplay stuff and eating grass one day at a time. Ive been cosplaying for a few years. Perhaps about 4 to 5?, I can’t really remember the specifics but anyway nice to meet ya! Why do you cosplay? For fun, interest and everything nice. What was your silliest cosplays moment? Well it ranges from nearly tripping over your own gown to having your wig blown into unrecognizable styles to climbing over obstructions just to shoot at inaccessible places. I will consider the last one as somewhat an achievement though LOL XD. What is your most favorite character to cosplays as? I don’t think I have one. But I like running around in big gowns and glorious looking costumes just to impress myself with my own inadequate costume making skills ROFL. What and when was your first cosplay? It was princess princess, somewhere back in 2007/2008? I don’t even want to remember anymore, it was soooooooooooo bad. How do you choose the characters that you cosplay? They usually come from the series that I like, it might not necessarily be my favorite characters, but they are just likeable. I take into consideration costume difficulty and Where do your costumes come from? Do share! Self made! Can’t recall when was the last time I bought a costume from somewhere. As far as I can remember I’ve been tailoring my own costumes since 2-3 years ago. Self made costumes are much more cheaper haha, and that’s my main motivation to sew! 8D Do you have any Cosplayers that you look up to? YEEEESSSSSS. I’m biased towards Korean cosplayers. I like Kotaro in particular! <3 Other than that I really admire their costume making skills and complexion and figure and shoot location and yea you get the idea. I follow a lot of Japanese cosplayers on cure as well! Just too many to name them all ): whether or not I’m suited for the character, looks portrayal wise. and What is your most memorable cosplay experience? I will give it to one of my first cosplay photoshoots I had quite some years ago. Woke up at 4am just to prepare and leave the house to capture the sunrise. Turns out me and my partner sacrificed our sleep for nothing because it started raining around 6am. The one thing I learnt from cosplay shoots would be “Never trust the weather forecast!” 8

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone T ek k en Di r ector Meet and G r eet session a t Bugis J unction TKA V i r tualand Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/tekken-director-meet-and-greet- session-at-bugis-junction-tka-virtualand/ By Kyoka on July 27th, 2012 Famed Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada graced our shores recently, stopping by Singapore’s Bugis Junction shopping mall for a fan-anticipated meet-and-greet session held in the mall’s TKA Virtualand Arcade, a place well known by the local fighting game community. Directors of Harada’s stature rarely visit Singapore, but for this eventful day we were eagerly there to meet the man that made Namco Bandai’s Tekken series an icon in the gaming world. Were there any changes in your life after cosplay? Not in particular, except for the fact that while my schoolmates are out having fun and chilling, I’m stuck at home sewing costume and hoping that my props will make themselves. (Above) Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada and Tekken Project Senior Game Designer Michael Murray The event started off to an already enthusiastic crowd by 7pm in the evening. Organised by Namco Bandai Partners Singapore, the meet-and-greet was held at exactly right where any fighting game enthusiast would dream of, in the heart of the arcade itself. Amongst a row of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arcade machines a special one-day-only mini- stage set-up stands tall for all to see. With a table ready for an autograph session later on in the day, it also came along with an Arcade Machine setup that had a demo of the console version of Tekken Tag 2 Tournament for fans to try out. Is there anything that you would like to say to all your fellow Cosplayers out there? Hello and hello again. Nice seeing you all 8D Hopefully I can get to meet new people at every event! Do say hi if you see me hanging around at events <3 ~ ~KiriSaki For more information, check out the following links Deviantart : http://k-iricos.deviantart.com/ World Cosplay : http://worldcosplay.net/member/21907/ 9

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Autographs are one of the main attraction in most meet and greet sessions, a good memorabilia for many enthusiasts. Fans mostly have their own something for a signature by Harada. From Tekken games to stickers, cards, posters, Harada was generous enough to sign on anything, and as for me I got my special flag inked by Harada. Mr Harada arrived together with Tekken Project’s Senior Game Deisgner Michael Murray, who also translated on behalf of Harada for this segment of the day, where fans get a chance to ask any questions about Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Ranging from questions like the game’s balancing of characters, to gameplay systems it was indeed time to quiz Harada. Harada himself offered detailed answers for each and every one of the fan questions. In fact, Harada had more than just an answer to every fan’s question. This next segment has the Namco Bandai staff offering an autographed Tekken Tag Tournament 2 poster to 8 lucky fans who answers a question from Namco Bandai staff correctly, the questions themselves test the in depth knowledge of a Tekken enthusiast. Nonetheless the responsive crowd got the answers and the lucky ones got the giveaway posters home. Harada is not known to shy away from his fan’s requests, and what better way to share with his fans then posing for photos with his own characters cosplayed by our talented local duo. Tekken characters Alisa and Marshall Law turned up for the event much to the delight of many fans ending the day with a myriad of photos. 10

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July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Harada could not stay for long in Singapore but despite his short visit it sure made his life long fans and many more new gamers appreciate the visions of Harada’s efforts in his work for the future of the Tekken franchise. Be sure to also preorder your copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 slated for a PS3 and Xbox360 release this September 13 in Japan, 11 in North America, 13 in Europe and 10 in Australia respectively. 11

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone SGCafe : Cosplay | V ocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture P e r sona Music Li v e 2012 Goods a t Animelo Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/persona-music-live-2012-goods-at- animelo/ By mijumijuchu on July 30th, 2012 Missed a chance to get your loot at the Persona Music Live early this year? Well then, here’s another chance: at Animelo! According to the Persona 4 Animation site, they are re-selling the goods and merchandises from the Persona Music Live 2012 in early April this year, so if anyone is going to Japan, do check them out at Animelo! Goods details: Bath towel with hood, Yellow version Price: 3,000 yen Original multi-case, black version Price: 2,000 yen iPhone 4 /4s cover, Black version Price: 2,000 yen (Source: Persona 4 Animation Site ) T-shirt, Black version Price: 2,500 yen It comes in 3 sizes, S, M and L respectively. Comi k et 82 TYPE-MOON goods Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/comiket-82-type-moon-goods/ By koppepan on July 30th, 2012 TYPE-MOON has updated their Comiket 82 page with a lineup of limited goods from their latest game, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru and the Fate series. Also included are the products from the ufotable booth which will carry exclusive items from Fate/Zero! T-shirt, Yellow version Price: 2,500 yen 1 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone First up is a 90cm x 40cm microfiber sports towel featuring Aoko from Mahoyo. The illustration is the same as the one used for the recent issue of Rurihime. Komadori plush strap Mahou Tsukai no Hako Drama CD Mahou Tsukai no Yoru tapestry set, packaged in the same way as the TYPE-MOON Fes tapestries so collectors can put them together! Purchases from the booth will come in a special shopping bag, illustrated by Koyama Hirokazu. From the ufotable booth, an Uchiage set! It comes with a book with Fate/Zero animation staff comments and illustrations, prints, and three shot glasses for your uchiage needs. And Mahou Tsukai no Yoru metal character charms, illustrated by CHAN×CO! 2

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 148 pages, each staff member gets a page. There will also be a Fate/Zero cafe goods set, made to express their thanks to the support for the F/Z themed ufotable cafe. It contains a set of birthday lunch mats, a special zipper case for the A3 sized lunch mats, a file case for the ufotable cafe coasters, and can badges. Birthday lunch mats, A3 sized Zipper clear case for the mats Cute shot glasses with SD illustrations of the Fate/Zero characters! Coaster file case Badges a 3

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone pervert. He then learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes. He goes to pray to it that he will be able to express his “lustful thoughts”, whenever and wherever he wants. But at the statue, Yokodera encounters a girl named Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko, from the same high school as him with her own wish as well, that she would not display her “real intentions” so readily. Sagara released the light novel series last year (2011) with illustrations by Kantoku, and Media Factory will be publishing the sixth volume next month. Okomeken provides the art for the manga adaptation that launched in Media Factory’s Monthly’s Comic Alive magazine last year, and the manga has two volumes so far. Lastly, there will be a Fate/Zero cafe recipe book, featuring the recipes of the character-inspired food items available at the cafe. (Source: Temple-Knights.com , ANN ) Boku ha T omoda c hi ga Sukunai gets second season Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/boku-ha-tomodachi-ga-sukunai-gets- second-season/ By koppepan on July 30th, 2012 At MF Bunko’s 10th anniversary event Natsu no Gakuensai, a second season of Boku no Tomodachi ga Sukunai (known among fans as Haganai) has been announced. Source: TYPE-MOON C82 Hentai Ouji to W a r a w anaine k o: G r een-lit f or anime ad a pt a tion Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hentai-ouji-to-warawanaineko- green-lit-for-anime-adaptation/ By mijumijuchu on July 30th, 2012 Light novel by Sou Sagara, Hentai Ouji to Warawanaineko (The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat) has been green-lit for an anime adaptation! The news was announced at MF Bunko’s 10th anniversary event Natsu no Gakuensai and the official Twitter account confirmed it on Sunday (29th July). At the moment, no date or additional cast information has been given. Below is the tweet from the official Haganai anime twitter account regarding the news: こここここここここここここここここここここここここここここここここここ こMFここJ_10th こhaganai — haganai_animeここ (@haganai_anime) 7こ 29, 2012 Source: @haganai_anime W onder F estival Summer 2012: Good Smile Company and Othe r s Figu r e R oundup Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/wonder-festival-summer-2012-good- smile-company-and-others-figure-roundup/ By mijumijuchu on July 30th, 2012 Yesterday (29th July) was the eventful Wonder Festival 2012 held at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo Japan! Wonder Festival or WonFes usually showcases many anime figurines and sculptures, sometimes other comic characters, and 4 The story centers around a 2nd year high school boy named Yokodera Yoto. Yokodera is always thinking about his “carnal desires” but yet no one acknowledges him as a

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone this post will feature several figurines from popular figurine makers, such as Good Smile Company, Kotobukiya, MegaHouse and others! So enjoy the photo spams! Here are the images from the event itself! GSC’s Ultimate Madoka! 5

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone (Source: cutanews.com , AmiAmi FB , Hobby Search , Matsuro.com ) W onder F estival 2012 Summer – Alter r oundup Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/wonder-festival-2012-summer-alter- roundup/ By koppepan on July 30th, 2012 It’s been an eventful Sunday over at the Makuhari Messe, where Wonder Festival Summer 2012 was held. This post will round up the booth displays and upcoming releases from the Alter Booth. Majokko Mirakurun from Yuruyuri 7

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Matsumae Ohana from Hanasaku Iroha From the same series, Akaza Akari Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos Princess of the Crystal from Mawaru Penguindrum Amane Suzuha from Steins;Gate 8

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Sengoku Nadeko from Bakemonogatari From Altair, Waver Velvet (Fate/Zero) Accelerator from To Aru Majutsu no Index 9

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn Official Website R umo r : Monster Hunter f or the PS V ita Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/rumor-monster-hunter-for-the- psvita/ By shia on July 30th, 2012 Oreteki reports rumors of a Monster Hunter game for the Playstation Vita, while there are screen shots of what might be a Monster Hunter game, there is no additional information as of press time. Source: matsuro.com and white garage Final F antasy XI V : A R e bo r n T r ailer R ealm Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn- trailer/ By Kyoka on July 30th, 2012 This is not the first time rumours of a Monster Hunter for PS Vita have surfaced. While Capcom has confirmed a Monster Hunter 4 for release in Spring 2013 on the Nintendo 3DS, a PS Vita edition was unheard of until now. We can only hope that the rumors will prove true and that there will be a upcoming Monster Hunter game for the PS Vita. The Monster Hunter series of games are a series of action based RPG developed by Capcom, The player takes the role Long touted as a new fresh rehash of Square Enix’s mmorpg Final Fantasy XIV, given a temporary name as it seems we now know today that Square Enix has boldy ventured forth and their efforts have reestablished Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 into a new finalised title: Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn. Debuting with a new trailer along with a relaunched new website, relive the world of Eorzea for the Playstation 3 console and PC. 11

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July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone of a hunter in a fantasy environment and completes quests by seeking out monsters to hunt or capture and has enjoyed immense popularity in Japan and US. Source : Oreteki , Monster Hunter OHP Well, well. Looks like somebody’s in a good mood today. Somebody from Sega’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva F development team, that is. Just yesterday the developers gave us a new “retail-display” PV for the game – which features clips of Project Diva’s opening intro in action. SUMMER CAMP4 NicoNico Li v e St r eams on And yet today they’re back for more mind-share, by unleashing a 4th songs trailer that features 17 of the announced tracks (by my count; looks like opening theme Odds&Ends was somehow left out of this one) so far, including Positive-Negative Continues by Sasakure.UK We’ll have more info on which new songs and modules are showcased in this 4th songs trailer (come back to this post much later today… or tomorrow)! But for now, without further ado, ladies and gents, I give you… Hatsune Miku (and friends)! Not enough? Check out the 3rd , 2nd , and 1st songs tailer Sega put out for the game. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F for the PlayStation Vita goes on sale in Japan and Asia August 30. Read more stories about Sega’s Project Diva series of Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/summer-camp4-streams-on- niconico-live/ By Meirin on July 30th, 2012 Minori Chihara’s annual summer music event SUMMER CAMP will have a live stream this year! Tune in NicoNico Live on August 4th (4:30PM JST) to watch the concert! 完完完完完 MINORI CHIHARA LIVE 2012 “SUMMER CAMP rhythm-action games here on SGCafe! 4″ 完完完完完 MINORI CHIHARA LIVE 2012 “SUMMER CAMP 4″ Minori Chihara is a prolific seiyuu, known for roles such as Mikaze Nakagawa from Occult Academy, Coopa from The Tower of Druaga series, Kagura Tsuchimiya from Ga- Rei: Zero, Chiaki Minami from Minami-ke series, and Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She has also sung opening/ending themes of many of the series she voiced in and holds a successful J-pop career, with her latest album D-Formation peaking at 完3 on the Oricon album chart. SUMMER CAMP is Chihara’s annual open-air summer concert since 2009. Her repertoire include theme songs that she has sung as well as her own album music. H a tsune Miku P r oject Diva F 4th songs t r ailer r ec a ps all of the game ’ s u nv eiled t r a c ks so f ar Source: http://sgcafe.com/2012/07/hatsune-miku-project-diva-f-4th- songs-trailer-recaps-all-of-the-games-unveiled-tracks-so-far/ By KarbyP on July 30th, 2012 12

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