New trailers for the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f and Miku Miku Hockey 2.0 Vita games have been released.
Project Diva f, developed by Sega,will be available in the west on the PlayStation handheld in March, having previously been released on the PS3 last August. The Vocaloid rhythm game port will contain over 30 songs for players to choose from.
Miku Miku Hockey 2.0 will be released in Japan on 13 February, with a western release to be confirmed. This full version of the game allows players to customise Miku’s outfits and interact with her through augmented reality on their Vita.
Atlus USA has released a full trailer of its new Nintendo 3DS RPG, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl. The full trailer has been released for the game’s launch. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is now available in stores and on the 3DS eShop.
Nintendo has released a new English-dubbed trailer for its 3DS RPG, which introduces the game’s main characters and features. Bravely Default will be available on 6 December (Europe) and early 2014 (US).
The western release of this game is a localised version of the Japanese Bravely Default: For the Sequel, which contains a few improvements on the original, including a better user-interface, character animations during conversations, adjustable random encounter rates and three new difficulty levels. Players will also be able to switch between English and Japanese audio.
The original version of this game, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, was released in Japan in October 2012.
The drawing tablet makers Wacom has released a new video in its “Drawing with Wacom” series, featuring the animator, illustrator and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka. In the video, Tanaka is using the Cintiq 24HD touch tablet.
Tanaka has worked on multiple anime series: he was the character designer for shows such as Anohana, Waiting in the Summer, Toradora! and Highschool of the Dead; a key animator on Eureka Seven, Bleach, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Naruto Shippunden and Mushi-Shi; and he is currently working as an illustrator for Raku Kusanagi’s Dead End Rhapsody light novel series.
The Sazae-san television anime began airing in 1969, it celebrated its 45th anniversary this year. The series has over 2,250 episodes, and has been recognised by the Guinness World Records committee as the longest-running animated television series in the world. Now, it has been announced that the anime will switch from the traditional hand-drawn cells to a digital format next month. Sazae-san is the only anime that still uses cell animation, and with its move over to digital, there will be none left.
Machiko Hasegawa’s Sazae-san manga and the long-running anime adaptation revolve around a woman named Sazae and her everyday family life. The show follows traditional themes, and depicts life in Japan through the years.
Aniplex USA has released a three-minute English-subtitled trailer for the battle action anime Kill La Kill. The trailer introduces the main cast, and features the opening theme song “Sirius” by Eir Aoi.
The anime is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and animated by Trigger. Aniplex previously announced that it had licensed the anime for home release; the company will also stream the series on Daisuki, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and the Aniplex Channel hours after it airs in Japan on 3 October.
The story is set in Honnouji Academy, a highschool where the student council president Satsuki Kiryuin oppresses and rules the student body by force. A wandering transfer student Ryuko Matoi, who wields a giant Basami scissors sword, is searching for the mysterious person who killed her father, and aims to defeat Satsuki. However, the “four divine kings” on campus stand in her way, and she must defeat them before she can face their president.
During the “Neptune Re;Birth 1 x Fairy Fencer F Pre-Release! Compile Heart‘s Autumn Next Hyperdimension Galapagos Stage!!” event at the Tokyo Game Show last weekend, Compile Heart announced a new Neptunia project is underway. Compile Heart’s producer Naoko Mizuno, directors Ken Itō and Shingo Onodera, marketing staff member Kazuki Maruyama, voice actress Kanako Sakai, and Dengeki PlayStation’s Yutaka Tanaka hosted the event; however, it wasn’t until after the event had supposedly ended that Onodera returned to the stage for one final surprise. He was handed an envelope by Maruyama which contained a sign that read “the long-deferred new Neptunia work is in production!”
The completely new project is not related to the HyperGoddess Noir: Super God Black Heart PS Vita game starring the character Noire/Black Heart, or Re;Birth 2, the new PS Vita remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2.
Manga creator Hideo Azuma is finally publishing the sequel to his award-winning Disappearance Diary manga after announcing a sequel eight years ago. Like its predecessor, Shissō Nikki 2: Al-Chū Byōtō (Disappearance Diary 2: The Ward for Alcoholics) is an autobiographical story; this volume follows Azuma when he is admitted to hospital for alcoholism, and depicts some of his encounters with doctors, other addicted patients and the caring yet strict nurses in the ward.
Like the first volume, Disappearance Diary 2: The Ward for Alcoholics features a discussion between Azuma and fellow manga creator Miki Tori at the end. The first Disappearance Diary was published in English in 2007. The manga won the grand prize at the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Awards in 2006, was a nominee at France’s Angouleme International Comics Festival in 2008 and was nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2009 (a first for a Japanese creator).
East Press will be publishing Disappearance Diary 2: The Ward for Alcoholics on 6 October.
Anime Limited has released an English-dubbed trailer for Durarara!! The anime is set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD in early 2014.
The 26-episode anime, based on Ryohgo Narita’s action light novels, is a warped fantasy romance about the colourful, young residents of Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood. This is the first English dub edition of the anime to be released in the UK.
Namco Bandai Games has announced that JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle fighting game will be released on PS3 in North America, Europe, and Australasia in 2014.
The game includes characters from across all eight parts of Hirohiko Araki’s long-running JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga, and was originally shipped in Japan on 29 August. CyberConnect2 developed the game, with Hiroshi Matsuyama directing.
To celebrate the release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD for the Nintendo Wii U, the wall decal company Blik are releasing a series of stained glass decals depicting heroic scenes from the Zelda game; the scenes include Link acquiring each of his iconic weapons (sword, grappling hook, bow, boomerang), one featuring the princess Zelda and one of Link defeating the giant bird Helmaroc. There are 8 decals in total, and they are available for $37 (approx £23). The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will be available for the Wii U on 4 October.
Blik also offers many other wall decals, including some for Pac Man, Hello Kitty, classic Atari games and more.
Mega Man (Rockman) creator Keiji Inafune and his company Comcept have met the $2.2million stretch goal on Kickstarter to bring the Mighty No. 9 to PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The game will also be available on PC, Mac and Linux, and is intended to be released in spring 2015.
With two weeks still remaining on the Kickstarter project, the next stretch goals include a Challenge Mode, an extra end stage and boss and next-gen versions. We’ll see if they hit those targets too.
After announcements at the KSL Live 2013 event, the official Little Busters! anime website has confirmed that production of the Little Busters! EX anime has been green-lit.
The anime is based on Little Busters! Ecstacy, an adult version of the Little Busters! romantic adventure game, which was released by Key in 2008 (one year after the original game). The anime’s website showcases three characters: Kanata Futaki and Sasami Sasasegawa were the two heroines who played a bigger role in the Little Busters! Ecstacy game, while Saya Tokido was a new character added into the game.
The second Little Busters! television anime, Little Busters! Refrain, will be released in Japan this October.
The Japanese cross-dressing idol group Fudanjuku has released a new single called “Danso Revolution”, which goes on sale on 18 September.
It’s refreshing to see not all women in Japan feel pressured to dress and act like Bishōjo characters, but feel empowered by expressing their individuality in different ways. Female-to-male crossplay is gaining a vast amount of popular in Japan, especially with women, but some people still don’t accept it; male-to-female crossplay is practically unheard of, and is certainly frowned upon. We can only hope that as crossplay becomes more and more popular in mainstream Japanese culture, more people will begin to accept it and realise that there’s no one way that a man or a woman should look.