Virtua Fighter’s Akira Yuki and Pai Chan Join Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax

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Sega and Dengeki jointly announced the arrival of Akira Yuki and Pai-Chan in their hit arcade game, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax.

Akira Yuki will be a boss character while Pai Chan is his assist character. Both of these Sega characters will appear in the PS3 and Vita versions, which will be released in Japan on November 13.

Find out the full list of playable characters in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax here.

Watch the First Trailer of the First Attack on Titan Movie

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Before you watch the film however, do not freak out if this is not the live-action film you were expecting. Apart from the cast and some locations, nothing is “really” confirmed from that at that point. 

This is also not an original film, but a compilation film; it compiles the first few episodes of the anime and turned it to a film, just like the latest Neon Genesis Evangelion films we have featured here on the Sun Rising blog in 2012.

Enough rambling. Here’s the trailer:

http://youtu.be/s6nrFDihaNg

The first thing you probably notice is the slightly updated graphics. According to ANN, there will also be scenes previously not aired in the original anime broadcast.

Any Attack on Titan fan out there that’s looking forward for this film?

The Japanese Games of September

September is actually looking good for Japanese gaming enthusiasts across various regions. Let’s take a look at ALL of them:

(Note: Japanese releases in Japan will be in a seperate post)

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Fairy Fencer F (PS3)

  • Release Date: September 16 (US) 19 (EU)
  • What is it in one sentence: Save the world while at the same time merging with your Fairies through the Fairize feature.

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Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit (3DS)

  • Release Date: September 16 (US)
  • What is it in one sentence: Have what it takes to chop in Mama’s kitchen with 60 new recipes and over 30 mini-games that spans different dishes, from the classic fare to the cultural dishes and desserts.Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper Vol. 1

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Theatrythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS)

  • Release Date: September 16 (US), September 19 (EU)
  • What is it in one sentence: Tap to the memorable beats and play through all the Final Fantasy music from the first game up to the music of Final Fantasy XIV.

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Fantasy Life (3DS)

  • Release Date: September 26 (EU)
  • What is it in one sententence: Set in a beautiful world illustrated by Final Fantasy veteran Yoshitaka Amana, create you own avatar, choose a vocation, life your life as you see fit, cook, fish, go on an adventure. save the world, and find the meaning of your life.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (PS3, 360)

  • Release Date: September 16 (US), September 12 (EU)
  • Play over 100 characters from the world of Naruto in the most definitive fighting game yet from the series.

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Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star (PS3)

  • Release Date: September 23 (US), 26 (EU)
  • Find the truth about its world, search for a missing song, and prevent the singing of a dangerous song magic. Control 2 characters at once during battles and collect items like you in the Atelier series.

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Arcana Heart 3: Lovemax!!!! (PS3, Vita)

  • Release Date: September 23 (US)
  • Play this updated all-female fighting game with 23 girls to choose from. This updated version has been rebalanced and new modes (survival and training) where added.

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Natural Doctrine (PS3, PS4, PS Vita)

  • Release Dates: September 23 (US), 26 (EU)
  • Clear the dungeons that grants access to resources important to man’s survival in this fantasy game that is based on the “natural selection” concept of Shishio Darwin

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3, 360)

  • Release Date: September 30 (US)
  • Become part of the P-1 Climax fighting tournament and follow the story of our Persona 4 heroes just after the events of Persona 4 Arena.

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Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (PS4, Xbox One)

  • Release Date: September 2 (US), September 5 (EU)
  • New characters are added to the Orochi roster in this update of Warriors Orochi 2 ultimate. There will also be side stories detailing the orgins of Orochi.

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PS Vita)

  • Release Date: September 2 (US), September 5 (EU)
  • Study at Hope Peak Academy along with your classmates, then murder each other in order to escape from the deadly game set up by the villanous teddy bear Monokuma (Okay I was a bit harsh on this, but there’s no other way to rephrase the concept nicely!)

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Muramasa Rebirth: Hell’s Where the Heart Is (PS Vita)

  • Release Date: September 2 (US),
  • Play the final add on for the Muramasa game

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Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (PS Vita)

  • Release Date: September 30 (US),
  • Face a whole new set of foes and punish them for being imperfect shinovi warriors in this controversial sequel to Senran Kagura Burst

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Hyrule Warriors (WIi U)

  • Release Date: September 26 (US), September 19 (EU)
  • Play as Link and other characters from the Legend of Zelda series in the style of the Dynasty and Samurai Warriors franchise.

Whew! That was quite a list! Will you be getting new Japanese games this September? Or are you waiting for Smash? :)

[Mostly] Everything That Happened on the Sony Press Conference

The Sony conference that happened earlier is a sort of a surprise. I would not had Kotaku not reported about it.

So what happened during the show?

Sony is actually bringing flagship western games in Japan to support the PS4. Some of these titles include the new Far Cry game, Assassin’s Creed, and Destiny.

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Sony is also releasing a light pink / white PS Vita, aimed to Japanese women. It will be released on Nov. 13 for 18,980 yen.

Then there’s Bloodborne, which will be out on February 5 next year. Oh wait that’s me and my girlfriend’s 5th anniversary of being together. I don’t know why I brought that up, actually. But moving on…

Capcom told the world they have a new IP. Turns out it was Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which will be in Japan next year. An HD remaster of the original Resident Evil game is also coming to the PS4.

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One of the key highlights of the show is Sega and Atlus’ Persona 5. It will both come to the PS3 and PS4.

Namco Bandai was also on the show, which apparently has the most number of games on the PS4 at the moment. They will be bringing God Eater 2 Rage Burst and the likes of Dragon Ball and Gundam to Sony’s new platform.

There’s also a new Y’s game, a new Fairy Fencer F from Compile Heart, Senran Kagura from Marvelous, Disgaea 5, Yakuza 0; All of them coming to the PS4.

Just as the show was about to end, Square Enix took the center stage to announce… Dragon Quest Heroes. Creator Yuji Horii is front and center at how excited he was on this new title which is like a Samurai Warriors game.

Before the show ended, Sony once again mentioned that the PS4 has now achieved 10 million in sales globally. However, they also mentioned that PS4 sales in Japan is not as great as it was in the west. The company hopes that with these titles, the PS4 will become worthy to be owned by Japanese owners.

This Attack on Titan Figure is the Most Detailed I Have Seen

Good Smile is about to release the grittiest Attack on Titan figure I have ever seen.

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Oh my… Is the Titan wailing?

It’s gritty and angry. Yet the way its right arm was positioned, it’s as if it is about to fall down. Or is it going to grab something? Eren maybe? Or following an order from the female Titan? (Oops, spoilers there).

Nevertheless, the level of detail is so stunning in the picture above. According to Kotaku’s report, it was designed by Takayuki Takeya, a famous sculptor. Then I’m not surprise by the detail!.This particular statue is 19 inches in length and will be available for about $675. This will be a limited edition figure as they are going to produce 500 of these. Very pricey! But again, the fine details are so intricate that the price tag probably begs for more: (More Pics after the break!) Continue reading

ESRB Rates: Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney, and Other Nintendo 3DS Games

 

professor layton vs phoenix wrightESRB Rates is a weekly feature covering Japanese games reviewed and rated by the ESRB. Click here for last week's ESRB column!

Let’s take a look at some of the games rated by the ESRB this week!

  • Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe (3DS) – Rated E for mild fantasy violence
  • Kirby Fighter Deluxe (3DS) – Rated E for mild fantasy violence
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt (3DS) – Rated T for Violence
  • Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS)
    • Rating T
    • Overview:
      • As players progress through the story, they can trigger cutscenes, some of which depict brief acts of violence (e.g., characters lowered into and/or set on fire, sword fighting against enemies).
      • One still-frame image depicts a murder victim slumped over at a crime scene; small traces of blood are depicted on the body and pieces of evidence.
      • The game sometimes depicts female characters in revealing outfits (e.g., large amounts of exposed cleavage); dialogue occasionally contains suggestive material and innuendo (e.g., “I like being on top” and “You have no idea how delightful it is when Foxy steps on us in her dirty stilettos…”). One character is depicted drunk, swallowing several drinks while swaying and slurring his speech.

If you have played these games before, tell us what you think about them!

[Philippines] A Sentai Reunion Interview Was Supposed to Happen, But It Got Cancelled and Here’s Why

 

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Ryosuke Kaizu (Real Name Inaba Kazunori) was Red Mask from the iconic sentai show Hikari Sentai Maskman. For those unfamilliar with the term, think of Sentai as the collective for all the “Power Rangers” shows in the US, which as you all know has its roots in Japanese superhero shows, known as “Sentai”.

(Note: from here on we will refer to Kazunori as Ryosuke Kaizu, the screen name instead of the real one)

Life After Hikari Sentai Maskman

Kaizu, years after the show, settled in the Philippines with Filipina wife Georgette Anne Inaba. They have a family and are relatively quiet folks; they rarely do interviews. After all, if you are not into Japanese culture, specifically into sentai shows, you probably would not know who they are or noticed them in public.

The Interview Preparations

Alas, there was supposed to be an interview. A magazine television show was supposed to interview Kaizu. In goodwill, and knowing the show’s reputation, the couple convinced the other Sentai actors to come and be part of the supposed interview. (It is not clear at this point if these actors are also from Hikari Sentai Maskman). As mentioned by Inaba on Facebook, some of these actors cancelled their commitments even though they won’t get paid for this particular interview.

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The interview was supposed to happen at 5pm on September 2. Preparations have already been made. Commitments already got cancelled for this to push through.

But it will never take place anymore

Some hours before I wrote this, Inaba received confirmation of the interview’s cancellation. The Kaizu couple felt they were made fools and were deeply embarrassed; they can’t even face the Sentai actors because of this fiasco. We all know that these guys are Japanese and they probably value their time, just like any other person should respect other people’s time and effort. Think about all those other commitments that they could have continue but didn’t because of this reunion interview and as goodwill to Kaizu, the red mask and their friend who probably requested for them to come. Inaba posted a status on Facebook to express her disappointment.

Apparently Inaba and Kaizu already received a reply from the show after the Facebook status was posted. According to a follow up, the interview was already cancelled by the show but the couple were not informed immediately. Had Inaba not posted the status message, they would not even know about the cancellation; the Sentai actors would have been waiting for some time in the couple’s restaurant for an event that will never take place. Also according to Inaba, the researcher even got irked, angry, and asking why she needed to even posted the status.

This is quite a fiasco and I believe an investigation by the show (Kapuso Mo: Jessica Soho / One at Heart: Jessica Soho) is already ongoing.

Now, sentai shows are part of my childhood. I am quite aware that there is a very big subculture / fan community centered around the topic of Sentai and Kamen Riders. I hope the interview with Sentai actors become a reality. It will be gold and a treat to the fans. :) After all, when the original actor who played as Kamen Rider Black reprised his role in Kamen Rider Decade, decades after Black aired on television, I literally got goosebumps:

http://youtu.be/jRA6rDBOWto?t=1m22s

Explaining the Reaction

Also as an insight, I think, from another cultual standpoint, one can say that “so it got cancelled, what’s the deal with that reaction? Why do they feel embarassed? It’s not like they were already here”.

However, I believe, there is something in Japanese culture that really really values the notion of commitment and trust. While I can’t explain it properly, think of all those samurai who committed Harakiri when they get defeated and cannot face anyone, or when Sony execs bowed for a number of seconds to apologize for the hacking of the Playstation Netwok years back. I will welcome in my blog any form of cultural explanation about this incident.

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