Sabagebu! Survival Game Manga Gets Anime

It has been confirmed that Hidekichi Matsumoto’s Sabagebu! – Survival Game Club manga will be adapted into an anime series, with YuruYuri director Masahiko Ohta leading the project and Takashi Aoshima (YuruYuri) providing the script. The manga, currently being published in Nakayoshi, follows Momoka Sonokawa, who transfers to a new school and is quickly enlisted to one of the school’s strangest associations, the survival game club. Its members participate in paramilitary training under the watchful eye of the club’s charming and eccentric president, Miou.

Volume 5 of the manga will be released on 13 September

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Trailer

Nintendo has released a new trailer of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Those who fondly remember playing the Gamecube original will soon be able to relive the classic story in HD. The game will be available digitally and in a Wii U bundle on 20 September, followed by a retail release on 4 October

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl English Trailer Released

Atlus USA has released an English story trailer for the Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl 3DS RPG. The game will be available for $39.99 on 1 October.

The game features an extended story mode and a classic mode that expands on the original Etrian Odyssey game. Players choose from five pre-made characters, a Grimoire Stone system allows these characters to use skills outside of their classes. The game was released in Japan on 27 June.

Strike The Blood Comiket Trailer

The official website for the Strike The Blood anime has released a new trailer, which was originally screened at Comic Market/Comiket 84. The anime will premiere in Japan this October.

Based on the light novels by Gakuto Mikumo, the school fantasy action series follows Kojo Akatsuki (voiced by Yoshimasa Hosoya), who is thought to be the most powerful vampire to have ever existed outside of legend, and Yukina Hirameki (Risa Taneda), who is entrusted with watching over Kojo and hunting him down if necessary.

SILVER LINK (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia) and CONNECT (in-between animation for Sword Art Online) studios are handling the animation production. Hideyo Yamamoto (The Prince of Tennis II) is directing the series, Hiroyuki Yoshino (Guilty Crown) is the scriptwriter and Keiichi Sano (Heaven’s Memo Pad) is the character designer.

PlayStation 4 Launch Dates Announced

Sony has announced the launch dates of the PlayStation 4 during its press conference at Gamescom. The console will launch in Canada and America on 15 November, and Europe and Latin America on 29 November. As previously announced, the PS4 will cost $400 / £349.99 / €399.99. 

Sony has also announced that its PlayStation Vita handheld console will get a price cut, and will cost $199 / €199 (no UK price drop was specified, but the console is already being sold at a discount by many UK retailers). 

Attack on Titan Sand Sculpture Time-Lapse Video

Kodansha has released a time-lapse video of sand artist Toshihiko Hosaka creating an Attack on Titan sculpture on a beach at Enoshima. The amazing sculpture took 10 days to build, and was made with more than 80 tons of sand. Hosaka created the sculpture to celebrate the release of the manga’s 11th volume, which will be available in Japan on 9 August. Kodansha USA released the 5th volume of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga series in June, and the 6th volume will be available on 27 August (US) and 19 September (UK).

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F English Trailer

Sega of America has released a new trailer for the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F PlayStation 3 game. Project Diva F is the first Hutsune Miku console game to be released in the west. The trailer features Kurousa-P’s “Senbonzakura” song for Hatsune Miku, Junky’s “Melancholic” song for Kagamine Rin and Kurousa-P’s “ACUTE” for Hatsune Miku, Megarine Luka, and Kaito. The game will be available from 27 August.

The game will be available on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network in America, but it will only be available on PlayStation Network in Europe. Sega has said that the Western release “will include all of the updated graphics, additional songs, and features of the Japanese version.” Players can also choose from multiple vocaloid characters, and will be able to customise their vocaloid’s clothing.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Audio Drama Preview

Square Enix has released an English language preview of the 30-minute radio drama extra that will feature in its new game, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Kazushige Nojima is writing this new story episode, which will play during the game’s special staff credit roll.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a HD remaster of both titular games, and will be available on PlayStation 3 and Vita in Japan, the US and Europe this year. The PlayStation 3 version will bundle both games together, but the Vita versions will be sold separately. A limited-edition artbook is available with pre-orders in America and Europe.

New Cartoon Network Series Tenkai Knights Trailer Released

The official YouTube channel for Cartoon Network’s new series Tenkai Knights has released a trailer of the Japanese/Canadian animated series. The action series is about transforming building block toys. Produced by Shogakukan Productions and Spin Master, Tenkai Knights will be running on Cartoon Network on Saturday mornings, and will premiere on 24 August.

The series is animated by Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater). Tenkai Kinghts is the follow-up to Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and will feature 52 episodes (along with some webisodes), an interactive website and its own toy line.

Coppelion Anime Preview Released

The official website for the anime adaptation of Tomonori Inoue’s post-nuclear meltdown sci-fi action manga Coppelion has released a preview of the series. The musical duo Angela feature in the preview, and will perform the series’ opening and ending theme songs. The anime will premiere this autumn on the BS-11 Japanese channel.

The anime was announced back in 2010, but production was put on hold after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. The main cast includes Haruka Tomatsu (Sword Art Online) as Ibara Naruse, Kana Hanazawa (Haganai) as Aoi Fukasaku and Satomi Akesaka (gdgd Fairies) as Taeko Nomura.

The series is set in 2036, 20 years after a nuclear meltdown devastated Tokyo and turned it into a ghost town. The city may not be as dead as expected, though, when a distress signal is received from the area. Three highschool girls are sent into the city to locate the survivors. These highschool girls were genetically engineered to withstand radiation from birth, and they are part of a special forces unit, codenamed “Coppelion”, in the 3rd Division of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force. 


New Arpeggio of Blue Steel Anime Promo Released

The official website for the anime adaptation of Ark Performance’s sci-fi naval manga Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio (Arpeggio of Blue Steel) has released a new promotional video for the anime. The trailer reveals the series’ opening theme song “Savior of Song” by Nano featuring My First Story. The anime is set to premiere in Japan in October.

In the story, much of the Earth’s landmass has been lost due to global warming and the rising sea levels of the 21st century. At the same time, fleets of powerful sentient ships of unknown origins known as the “Fleet of Fog”, armed with advanced technology and weapons, mysteriously appeared and obliterated the world’s naval forces. Humanity then imposed a worldwide naval and aerial blockade, preventing anyone from travelling across the seas. 17 years after the blockade, Gunzo Chihaya and his crew, the Blue Steel fleet, commandeer a “Fleet of Fog” submarine. These alien machines each have their own Mental Models (physical incarnations in humanoid form); Chihaya’s ship is the I-401, and it’s Mental Model is called Iona. The Blue Steel fleet is charged with transporting plans for a powerful weapon against the “Fleet of Fog” to the US, but a lot stand in their way.

New Monster Hunter 4 Trailer Released

Capcom has released a new trailer for Monster Hunter 4. The Nintendo 3DS title will be released in Japan on 14 September; there are currently no plans for an international release due to the lack of widespread interest in the franchise outside of Japan. The trailer showcases the game’s locations and battles.

The game will launch alongside two limited edition 3DS XL systems. 

Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney Gets Western Release in 2014

During it’s latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo has announced that the 3DS crossover game Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will be heading to North America and Europe in 2014.

The Japanese anime studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist) created the animation sequences for the game, while Level-5 and Capcom developed the game. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney was released in Japan in November 2012.

Tales of Xillia English Launch Trailer Released

Sony has released the official English launch trailer of Namco Bandai’s Tales of Xillia RPG for PlayStation 3. The game is out now in the US, and will be released in the UK on 9 August.

Tales of Xillia was originally released in Japan in September 2011, and Tales of Xillia 2 shipped in Japan last November. Namco Bandai plans to release the sequel in the West in 2014.