World Cosplay Summit: Mayor of Nagoya Welcomes Competitors Dressed as Luffy from One Piece

Mayor of Nagoya City, Takashi Kawamura, greeted the competitors of this year’s 10th World Cosplay Summit as Luffy from One Piece. Accompanied by Governor Hideaki Ohmura, Kawamura met with competitors from Finland and Mexico just three days before  the championship begins.

Over 40 cosplayers from 20 countries and regions are competing this year. The UK will be represented by Laura Sindall and Alexandra Rutter, who were selected as representatives at the London Hyper Japan event earlier this year.

Salsa and March from Eternal Sonata

Show your support and follow their progress at WCS Team UK 2012.


Hokage Naruto Will Be Playable in “Naruto Shippunden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3”

There’s even more to look forward to in Namco Bandai Games’ Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, as Hokage Naruto will be a playable character of the game. Players can use Hokage Naruto from the start of play if they have the save data from the earlier Naruto Shippunden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations.

Mifune, the General of the Land of Iron and Hanzo, the former leader of the Hidden Rain Village will also be playable characters. 

The story takes players back 16 years to witness the truth of the Nine-Tails’ attack of Konoha and Naruto’s birth.

Naruto Shippunden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 will be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. Watch the gameplay demo here.

New York Times Releases Best-Selling Manga List

Not sure what to read next? Here’s the list of the top ten current manga reads, taken from the United States in the week ending July 28.


1. Black Butler, Vol. 10 – Yana Toboso                      RRP: £7.99




 2. Pandora Hearts, Vol. 11 – Jun Mochizuki             RRP: £7.99




3. Alice in the Country Of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz, Vol. 1 – QuinRose and Mamenosuke Fujimaru                     RRP: £9.99 




4. Finder, Vol. 6 – Ayano Yamane                           RRP: £8.92




5. Naruto, Vol. 57 – Masashi Kishimoto                RRP: £6.99




6. Soul Eater Not!, Vol. 1 – Atsushi Ohkubo         RRP: £7.99




7. Durarara!!, Vol. 3 – Ryohgo Narita                     RRP: £7.99




8. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Volume 5 – Kenji Kuroda       RRP: £7.03




9. Sailor Moon, Vol. 6 – Naoko Takeuchi                RRP: £7.99




10. Highschool of the Dead, Vol. 7 – Daisuke Sato                     RRP: £9.99



Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II

Over 20 years of gaming genius and now officially over 40 games released, Sonic is definitely a familiar sight in any household. Today saw the launch of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II on the Xbox 360 Arcade.

Following with the same new game mechanic developed for Sonic the Hedgehog 4, the blue streak is joined by sidekick and pal Miles “Tails” Prower as they once again chase down the nefarious Dr. Eggman and his evil creation Metal Sonic.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II utilises a combo system where Sonic and Tails will team up for environmental destructive attacks and new ways in which the duo can navigate the levels. Having direct control over Tails can take place with the all new multiplayer mode and of course the game continues with its traditional leader board system.

It goes without saying that Sega have struck a heart string by taking the game back to its Metal Sonic and pitting bringing him back into action is somewhat reminiscent of the cult classic Sonic CD. Unfortunately it appears that the game falls quite short on the actual expectations, as the shiny new graphics and weird rubber sheen cloud any reminiscent feelings.

Aside from the rather demeaning on screen prompts (it would be nice if there wasn’t a small TV telling me when I need to press the X button), the game’s gameplay mechanic alters the way in which you speed through the levels. Speed is not apparently a primary aspect of the game. Sonic feels slow, and as fun as it is to watch Tails flail in an attempt to keep up, there really is no essence of speed from the game. Sonic Generations was a beautiful blend of speed, timing and platforming yet Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II focuses so much on the vertical platforming aspect that the levels seem rather tedious and tiresome at times.

Now as easy as it is to sound like an old man and ramble on about how “It’s not like it was back in my day,” I find it impossible to deny that this still makes a great Sonic game. And for those who are looking to see why it’s easy to fall in love with the little critter, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is a great way to start. As a platforming sidescroller, Sonic is able to vary its gameplay enough to keep the game dynamic and yet not overcomplicate any control scheme. You could pick this game up at any point of the day and jump straight in for some great fun!