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October 2011

Nendoroid Generation for PSP

This is apparently quite a few months old and it isn’t shocking I’m not up to date on such things. I only found out because I was looking for information on the Black Rock Shooter game which is my key to utilizing the PSP I bought and only played five times and now want to buy a stupid expensive Penguindrum case for.

Nendoroid Generation/ねんどろいど じぇねれ~しょん is a PSP game to be released on February 23rd. It is a colaboration between Good Smile Company and Namco Bandai to celebrate GSC’s ten year anniversary. Something like that. The game feautures various girls in Nendoroid form and several different modes of play. There is a fighting game aspect which utilizes characters like Nanoha, Reimu, Saber and Black Rock Shooter. There’s also a dance mode where you can dress the girls up in different costumes and have them preform little dances. There’s also a mode where you interact with the girl directly and pet them or talk to them, stuff like that.

Characters confirmed are:

Fate/Stay Night

  • Saber
  • Rin Tohsaka
  • Rider
  •  Illyasviel von Einzbern

Black Rock Shooter

  • Black Rock Shooter
  • Dead Master
  • Black Gold Saw
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
  • Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Mikuru Asahina
  • Yuki Nagato
Touhou
  • Reimu Hakurei
  • Marisa Kirisame
  • Remilia Scarlet

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

  • Nanoha Takamachi
  • Fate Testarossa
  • Arf

Steins;Gate

  • Kurisu Makise
  • Mayuri Shiina
Zero no Tsukaima
  • Louise Vallière
My intial theory was that all of the series’ included had prominent games on the PSP already. That isn’t true for Touhou or Zero no Tsukaima, though. However, both Louise and Reimu and the gang were all added later on and initial screens and the trailer didn’t feature them at all. There’s also a mystery GSC mascot type character as well.
Reimu and co. being in the same game as Black Rock and co. (as well as Dead Master’s adorable little dance that made me HNNNGGGH) made this pretty much an insta-buy for me. The chances of this being released over here are zilch, expecially with Vita coming out around the same time. I was really forced to notice this price difference in PSP games though. Why are japanese PSP games so much more expensive than ones released in NA? It’s not even just import sites where I could see them jacking the price up. On Amazon, the price is still around 8000 yen. I haven’t looked at console games though. Are those even more expensive? That would explain a lot about what I’ve read regarding sales over there, then.

Dantalian no Shoka Final Impressions

I realize Dantalian no Shoka has been over for quite some time now but it was not until last night that I finally sat down to watch the last two episodes. I had read a summaey of the 11th episode right after the 12th had aired and it had turned me off of watching it at all. Finally I gave in and finished though.

I was going to save writing any of my thoughts for the end of the year but I suppose, as with the AERAS post, better late than never.

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Yen Press licenses Madoka Magica, Soul Eater Not!

I feel the insesinant need to comment whenever Yen Press licenses something to my liking. The North American market for manga has been in a dismal state since Tokyopop closes and I found little I wanted to read anymore. (Goddammit Del Ray) So with news of Tokyopop trying to get their act together (which is, if I can be really honest, annoying and almost unwelcome from me. They already lost their licenses and so now plenty of less popular books will never be finished) and this, I am pretty impressed.

I was planning on reading Soul Eater Not after finally finishing the anime series a few weeks ago (and learning what really goes down in the manga) when I heard Not was sort of yuribait. Well yuribait is frustrating but in my stylish shounen? I’ll accept it this time. I need to start reading the actual Soul Eater manga once again (I’m only on volume two or three) but I will def be picking this one up.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an almost unsurprising choice. Yen Press knows what is popular in ways Tokyopop didn’t. I couldn’t really imagine TP picking this up anyways. I have read this, anyways. Say what you will about the manga but the art is great, Walpurgis’s minions being the other puella magi that Homura knew was a GREAT addition I wish they would have done in the show for MAXIMUM EMOTIONAL IMPACT, and twintail Homura at the end is the cutest thing in the world. I don’t want to meet the person who doesn’t think post-Madoka twintail-Homura is the cutest thing ever. While it is only three volumes and nearly a word for word adaption of the anime series, I will also be picking this one up. Hopefully this leads them to also release Kazumi (which I started reading and is pretty bland and stupid) and Oriko (which I haven’t read but love Kirika) or even possible the light novel adaption. There is another anthology in the works, though, and that is what I hope would be published first. Given how they milk Higurashi (so will they license Umineko when Higurashi is done) and more specifically, Haruhi, it seems that if sales are well enough we won’t really have to wonder about the Madoka spinoffs getting licensed at all.

This is where Yen Press gets clever. Alice in the Country of Hearts was a Tokyopop license that I loved they lost. Instead of releasing the volumes in order, they’re releasing three ominibuses so readers like myself can’t pick up the last book that Tokyopop didn’t have a chance to release. I’m undeiced here. I love the series but since I already have all of the Tokyopop books, I don’t want to buy them all again. On the other hand, my collection is incomplete and I’d sort of like to finish this incarnation of Heart no Kuni.

 

DECO*27 feat. KOTOKO – メーテルリンク

Kotoko’s Hikaru Uchu Pocket/ヒラく宇宙ポケット officially dropped yesterday so I thought I would post this now. Normally, I wouldn’t really be interested in a Kotoko album. Kotoko is usually hit or miss for me. The only reason I was looking forward to this one was the notable producers that were creating songs for this album. kz, masayoshi minoshima and, most importantly, DECO*27!

I enjoyed メーテルリンク a lot more than Light Lag. It was more like what you expect from him. So was Light Lag unexpected? Something like that. Kotoko’s voice actually sounds odd in this one but I really enjoy it. For instance, if you had given me this song to listen to and I had not known beforehand that it was her singing, I would never in a million years have guessed it was her. This isn’t the first time she’s surprised me like that but I think it’s especially noticeable here.

Kotoko’s hasn’t finished working with Vocaloid producers yet, though. The opening for the third season of Shakugan no Shana is produced by perhaps the most notable of all producers, ryo of Supercell.

(I am still peeved Mami Kawada isn’t doing any music, initially, for the Shana S3. The series is two cours though so she might get a song in the second OP/ED set but if not I’m going to be extremely disappointed)