Posts Tagged ‘game’
You see, vampire-like beings called Kageyashi have invaded Akihabara, and it appears that the only way to defeat them is to expose them to sunlight. But alas! They’re wearing clothing! Darned clothing, always in the way! What can you do? You can read on, is what you can do.
As you may recall, I mentioned Galgun a couple of months ago. It is a video game where you shoot countless
zombies girls with bullets pheromone shots and kill them “send them to heaven” in your quest to save bond with the girl of your dreams before the end of the day. Well, last week Galgun got a title update to screw with your head “fix some bugs”.
And the biggest
feature “bug” they broke “fixed” was the ability to view low angle shots in various modes. Well, let’s not mince words — they removed some panty shots from the game.
Japan gets a lot of earthquakes — when I was living there, there were at least 3 or 4 medium-sized quakes a year — but this one was definitely different. The Japan Meteorological Agency now measures it at 9.0 on the Richter scale, the largest earthquake in recorded Japanese history.
You’ve heard about the damage and destruction by both the earthquake and the tsunami. Over 2800 are confirmed dead, and hundreds if not thousands more are missing. There are millions of homes without power, and dozens of workers are working frantically to avert a nuclear disaster. In that context, it seems trivial to worry about a small slice of Japanese pop culture, but that’s the connection that many outside of Japan have to the island nation of 120 million people, and that’s where we are.
In the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami, people both inside and outside Japan have begun to do what they can. The US, Australia, China, Taiwan, Germany, UK, and France, among others, have sent supplies and search and rescue teams to assist. (The Japanese suggested the name “Operation Tomodachi” (friends).) The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and other international non-governmental organizations have sent teams as well.
For its 30th anniversary, Falcom is bringing its long-running PC and console RPG series Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki (English title, “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky”) to screens later this year.
Kinema Citrus (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0) will handle the animation production, and Tachibana Masaki (.hack://Quantum) will be the director. More details (such as dates, and a cast, or even whether it’s a TV or disc-only release) will be coming soon, I’m sure. The game’s main characters were voiced by Kanda Akemi (Akane in Cross Game) and Saiga Mitsuki (Mina in Darker than Black).
The game, “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky”, is set to be released for the PSP by XSEED Games in the USA on March 24.
“Media Mix” is an entertainment industry buzzword for having a property – in this case, let’s say THE IDOLM@STER – span various different types of media in its quest to conquer the universe. So it starts off in its original form (for Im@s, a game) then branches out to other forms (anime, manga, radio shows, live performances, whatever else you can think of).
The strategy is to increase awareness and to get more overall sales by having a bunch of products available for people to buy. It works, too, because although not everyone can afford $60-80 for a game or a Blu-Ray disk, it’s much easier on the budget to buy a manga magazine or a light novel for $4-5.
So I heard a rumor that in 2007 there was an anime called Idolmaster: Xenoglossia. I was living in Japan at the time, and I largely ignored it, because it was… how do I put this gently… an abomination. It took characters from a video game, THE IDOLM@STER, about girls whose dream was to sing and dance in front of large crowds, and turned it into a show about giant robots and girls who used them to save the earth from destruction.
Now, the Idolmaster series has been pretty popular, and between arcade, Xbox 360, PSP, and Nintendo DS, there have been seven games, with an eighth due out in February. So Xenoglossia was a pretty big failure. And now they are making up for it with THE IDOLM@STER anime.