Monday, June 16, 2014

Shining Resonance PS3 Game's Story, Characters Revealed

     Gaming news website Inside Games revealed details on Sega's upcoming Shining Resonance game for PlayStation 3 on Tuesday. The game is slated to ship in Japan on December 11, 2014 for 8,222 yen (about US$80), and a limited edition will also ship for 16,800 yen (US$164).

    The story takes place in a land of the gods known as Alfheim. The once proud race of dragons are ruined, and their souls are crystallized and scattered across the world. One day, a dragon named Kōryū Irvan is discovered, and dragon slayers from the imperial army and church set out to find him.

    A girl saves the dragon from the dragon slayers and they soon collect "Dragonars," or warriors that play musical instruments called "Armonics" that resonate with the dragon's soul. The characters include:

Kōryū Irvan, the dragon and the game's protagonist. 
Kōryū Irvan, the dragon and the game's protagonist. 

Kirika Towa Aruma, the other heroine, and a girl who inherited an ancient song. 

Agunamu Brethart, a hot-blooded man who wields fire.  

Georg Zalbart, leader of the church's elite forces.
    Another main character has yet to be introduced.

   The player will command a party of four to battle various enemies, including rival artificial dragons created by the empire (pictured below). Billed as a "Dragon and Musical Instrument" game, Shining Resonance will feature seamless transitions from field to battle sequences.
   Tony Taka will return to the Shining series as the character designer along with Tsuyoshi Sawada as the game's producer.
  Sega launched its Shining game franchise with Shining in the Darkness in 1991, and the latest games, Shining Blade and Shining Ark, shipped for the PSP in 2012 and 2013. One of the role-playing games, Shining Hearts, inspired the Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan- television

Images © Sega

Clara: ClariS Will Not Disband

Singer Gero interviews musical duet member after Alice left the group earlier this month

        Singer Gero (Brothers Conflict) interviewed Clara of the musical duo ClariS on the Japanese television program Mezamashi TV on Sunday. During the interview, Clara announced that although the second member of ClariS Alice has left the group, the unit ClariS has not ended. She explained that the unit ClariS will continue to work to convey its feeling of gratitude to fans. She told Gero that Alice made the decision to “graduate” from ClariS after giving it a lot of thought, and Clara decided to cheer her on.

You can check out the video below.

       In addition, Clara revealed that while she is a third-year high school student, no one in school knows that she is part of the musical duo. When a ClariS song plays on the school's speakers, she gets excited in her head and wants to sing. Clara added that she first met Alice in first grade at the music school the two attended. The two often go out together, eating dinner or taking purikura ('Print Club' photo sheets or stickers) together.

     Alice of the ClariS duo announced her graduation from the unit to focus on her studies at the end of last month, and formally left the unit on June 4 when their PARTY TIME album was released in Japan. The album reached the number two spot on the Oricon's weekly charts.
The duo ClariS debuted in 2010 as middle-schoolers with their single "irony," which served as the opening theme to the Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai TV anime. From there, they performed the theme songs for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV anime and films, as well as the themes for Moyashimon Returns and Nisemonogatari. ClariS also performed the theme song for the Akiba's Trip PlayStation Portable game. Most recently, the duo provided two theme songs for the Nisekoi anime.

     The duo has made one live performance, but they were only visible as silhouettes behind a curtain to their fans during the concert. Instead, ClariS is normally illustrated as anime characters by various artists, including Akio Watanabe, Ume Aoki, and Hiro Kanzaki. Alice is portrayed in the color blue, while Clara is represented by the color pink.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal Trailer now available to public!

Whether or not you are an anime fan, most people growing up in the 90s up to today have heard of Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon, or better known in Japan as "Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon" was published in manga magazine Nakayoshi from the February 1992 issue to the March 1997 issue, with the 52 chapters published into 18 and later 12 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The manga then was made in to an anime by Totei Animation and was broadcasted from 1992 to 1997. America got it's version in 1995.

Since those times Sailor Moon has become a world wide icon for young girls and any other anime fan out there. Now in 2014, we are seeing a reboot of Sailor Moon in the form of Sailor Moon Crystal. Artwork has been revamped. Returning for her role as Usagi/Princess Serenity/Sailor Moon is Kotono Mishuishi. Sadly, the rest of the cast has been been replaced below is the line up of the roles. The new cast are all high profile and famous voice actors but are fairly young, aside from Kotono Mishuishi. The list is below.

Ami Koshimizu as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
Hisako Kanemoto as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
Rina Satou as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
Shizuka Itou as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus

Kenji Nojima as Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Kamen

 The official website for the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal anime began streaming a trailer for the series this Friday. The video features the theme song "Moon Pride" performed by Momoiro Clover Z and composed by Revo of Linked Horizon (Attack on Titan opening themes). Akiko Kosaka, who composed the first anime's ending theme "Tuxedo Mirage" will also compose the new show's ending theme, "Tsuki Niji" (Moon Rainbow) also performed by Momoiro Clover Z.


With everything that that trailer now presents, hopefully this reboot will turn out alright. All you fangirls and fanboys out there, eat your heart out! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Impressions of Spiderman 2 and Godzilla

I went out and saw "The Amazing Spiderman 2" and "Godzilla" recently and I'll have to say I'm impressed. The movie I'm impressed with the most is Godzilla of course. But these movies were excellent in my opinion.  If you want to see my full impression of the movie check out the YouTube video below.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Shining Resonance" RPG is in the Works for PS3

    For all of you Tony Taka fans, it was confirmed in this week's issue of Japanese gamers magazine, Famitsu, that Wild Arms developer, Media Vision is actually in middle of development of a newShining RPG called Shining Resonance.
   While Tony Taka returns to do character designs, the actual models will be done by Flight Unit.

      Other details about the game reveal a character named Kirika Towa Alma, a girl who inherits the ancient song. "I'm sorry, but I have no interest in humans," she says. "I only want to understand the heart of the dragon." Kirika is a Song Maiden class who uses a Dragon Wing Bow and Sacred Magic, and is a better healer than a fighter.

    While there is little info on what the Shining Resonance game is going to be about, it seems the transitions between field and battles will be seamless. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Unboxing: Steins;Gate Visual Novel by JAST. Limited Edition.

So JAST has finally put out the limited edition box set of Steins;Gate the Visual Novel for PC. Unfortunately this game did not come with Nitro+'s cosplay patch. You may have to find that yourself. The game is awesome.

Here is the unboxing video

Now I'm going to be serious. People have been uploading JAST's version of Steins;Gate up on the internet for illegal downloading. I highly advise against this. Please support the company by buying this game so we can get a localized version of the games Chaos;Head, Robotic;Notes and the up and coming game called Chaos;Child. Piracy will not help bring over the other sci-fi games to the west.

You can order Steins;Gate in the link below.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NIS America to release Toradora Blu-ray Boxset!

Toradora was NIS America's first anime release in America. Since then NIS America has released many wonderful anime such as Kimi ni Todoke and Anohana. Now NIS is reviving Toradora with a Blu-ray Box-set release. There will will be two releases a premium box-set and standard box-set. The premium box-set will be $129.99 dollars and will include all 25 episodes, an original anime video and a hardcover book.  The standard edition will be worth $59.99 and will be released in two box-sets. It can be found on RightStuf!

 NIS America also has announced that they will be releasing an English dub, which in itself is a rarity of NIS America to do. The main cast for has been announced.

The disks are to contain extras such as clean opening and ending, mini-episodes and TV spots. The premium and standard box-sets are set to be released on July 1st, 2014.  Japan saw it's own blu-ray release back in 2011.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Unboxing: Maburaho Complete Thinkpack DVD Boxset by ADV

Okay now this is going to be a long story. I ordered this about almost 3 weeks ago and it was supposed to arrive in 10 days from my order. Well it didn't arrive when I wanted it to so I was scrapping to find what happened to my package. Apparently UPS delivered it to the wrong place. So I'm calling all around and I a few days a later I find it is in a warehouse. I just received my package yesterday. It was a hellish experience but yeah. I got my package.

Maburaho is a rare find. And apparently ADV released two different thin pack box-sets. Each had different artwork on the box. I don't know why it was done like this but still I got the earlier version. I don't know what the difference was between the later thinkpack released in 2009 and the one released before ADV flopped.

Friday, March 7, 2014

I went and saw Robo Cop!

Okay so yeah, I saw Robo Cop last week, and because of that I caught a cold and have been sick since then. Anyways, enough of my whining. As a warning if you don't want to be spoiled over bits of the movie, then don't scroll down.

 Upon seeing the movie, I thought that it was done really well as a re-imagining. Director José Padilha and screenwriter, Joshua Zetumer did an excellent job. RoboCop's black form was pretty awesome made it look all sinister.  But what the remake movie did not do was explain exactly how he was able to kill Raymond Sellers. In the old 1987 movie, RoboCop overwrote the program controlling him. But in the newer movies, RoboCop forces himself to shoot Raymond Sellers in the end. This could be speculated that it was due the fact that his right hand was the only thing left human of him, or that he powered through human emotions. 

Another thing that differed from the movie was that RoboCop in the older movies still had his upper half of his body still alive. In the 2014 remake, what is revealed under the mechanical parts his that only RoboCop/Alex Murphy's Head, lungs and esophagus remains. It was rather grotesque to see those lungs pulsating and your first impression is "how is he able to still be alive".  But this perfectly shows the horror that is thrown upon Alex Murphy after he wakes up from his accident, only to find he has become a machine. 

Also the movie holds a cameo of the 1987 RoboCop where he transforms with the lights on his shoulders. 

Also much of those unmanned machines reminded me of the gekos from Metal Gear Solid 4. It gave out a dystopia cyberpunk future world. The only thing I will have to dislike about the movie is the fact that it's rating went from an R to PG-13, and that did hamper on some of my enjoyment as the PG-13 movie made the fight scenes someone watered down.

This movie did great in its execution and was watchable. Fans may argue that the original was superior to the remake. I will have to disagree. The remake did a great job. It's a recommended see if you don't mind watching a bit more family-friendly version of RoboCop. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Unboxing: Momo Belia Deviluke 1/6th PVC by Max Factory

So yeah I'm pretty excited. Got my sexy To Love-Ru Darkness figurine of Momo Belia Deviluke. This is probably one of the best manufactured figurines from To Love-Ru I've seen. She's sculpted very well and stands at 250mm tall. This is pretty obvious since the distributor is Good Smile. You can watch the full video below of the unboxing. Forgive my awkward speech. I'm not used to being in front of a camera yet.

The figurine can be found at Amiami at a low price of 7,820 yen not including shipping tax. You can also find it at get the figurine will also be at the Crunchyroll Shop which is selling it for $83.00 for non-members and $77.00 for a premium member. This includes shipping costs.  I have no clue when it will be in stock at Crunchyroll. Buyers beware of Ebay. They sell fakes or bootlegs quite often. I hope this helped. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dvd props for MMD.

Hey, everyone. This is the first post that I'm making. Today I was messing around with some PMDmodels and made some dvd accessories for MikuMikuDance. For those who don't know what this program is, this is an animation program that lets Vocaloid characters dance. Anyways, Google it. But back to what I was doing.

So applying the textures was kinda tricky.Here is the the picture of the front. Realistic looking right? This is the box.


So I found trouble with the backside. It would mirror so all the text was backwards. So I had to flip the image. This was pretty annoying.

Here is are pictures of the DVD case. The problem I noticed here was that the image that i had just flipped the image but it was mirrored again. I just made a copy, flipped the image and changed the parameter in PMX/PMD Editor for the picture to fix the problem. If you notice the case, it looks like a case meant for a Blu-ray right? Well the images i used were for DVD only, so I made due.

And the last pictures are pictures of the CD itself. Now the original model base was messed up, therefore there were texture problems, but it looks fine.

I zipped everything you can get it in the link.