Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kami Jigen Game Neptune V 7th PV

With the game's release today in Japan, Compile Heart put out a 7th PV for Neptune V featuring some of the game's CG images, a handful of cleavage, and gameplay with the game's opening theme "Kami Jigen! Fortune Material" by nao.

I've noticed the game returns to using 2D character portraits like the first game rather than 3D models from mk2.  Also the animations and 3D models during battle are much improved and they're finally not lagging the game down.  The past two games have had really choppy and low FPS battles which kinda dragged down all the action in my honest opinion.

I'm waiting on NIS America to pick up this game for North American release.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hyperdimension Neptunia RPG's gets anime adaptation

It's like a dream come true! Japan's next issue of Dengeki Playstation magazine lists a Hyperdimansion Neptunia anime adaptation to go along with Thursday's release of the next game of the series, Neptunia V(Kami Jigen Game Neptune V).

Now the big question is, is the anime going to be based on the new game or the older ones, or will it be entirely original?  Once more news comes out I'll post on them as soon as possible.

Source from Anime News Network:Compile Heart's Neptunia RPGs Also Get Anime

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mirai Suenaga Nendoroid

Mirai Suenaga, mascot of Culture Japan has received her very own super cute nendoroid figurine by Good Smile Company.  Pre-orders are now up on many figure retailers like J-list, AmiAmi, and Hobby Search.

Nendoroid Mirai will come with two different smiling expressions, her robot companion Retrokyu, an miniature itasha(mini car) with several different decals you can place on it, and a full 50 set pack of miniature Moekana hiragana learning cards along with six bonus cards not included in the full size set.

More detailed information can be found here at Culture Japan
Mirai Suenaga Nendoroid

She is planned to retail for around 4000 yen and scheduled for release by December 2012.  Links to retailers below.
Pre-Order at J-List
Pre-Order at AmiAmi
Pre-Order at Hobby Search

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Funimation announces English Dub cast and a trailer for A Certain Magical Index

Funimation today released the voice cast and a trailer for A Certain Magical Index (Toaru Majutsu no Index).
Cast list is here from Anime News Network

For the longest time I've been wonder if we would ever be able to see this series in the states after first watching the series back in 2009.  Index originally aired in the Fall season of 2008 but I let is slip under my watchlist until I saw an AMV featuring the series and a friend introduced me to the series.

So the plot for A Certain Magical Index is fairly simple, a student named Kamijou Touma lives in Academy City where everything is pretty high tech compared to other parts of the world.  Most of the students around here possess some form of skill or ability and they're ranked from level 0(no powers) to level 5(exceptional).  Of course, our hero for this story is a powerless average joe, but his right hand has a power called Imagine Breaker, the ability to negate any form of esper power or magic he touches.

One day he mysteriously finds a girl hanging from his balcony who calls herself Index.  She then informs Touma that she is on the run from an organization of magicains called Necessarius which she also happens to be a part of. 

Funimation has the series split into two parts and they will be released by the end of October this year.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Persona 4 Golden just got more Golden with an Extremely Limited Edition

From the Atlus Faithful newsletter sent out just last night, Atlus has announced the extremely limited Solid Gold Premium Edition for Persona 4 Golden with only 10,000 copies.  Alongside the announced pre-order bonus of the skin, this premium set includes, a Hori Hard pouch and face cover, and a set of stickers all for $30 more than just the game by itself.

Persona 4 Golden is scheduled to come out some time this Fall.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

[Review] Persona 4 Arena

What do you get when you mix Arc System Works, the creators of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, with a popular franchise from Atlus like Persona 4?  You get one awesome fighting game and a well written but lengthy story mode.

Set two months after the ending of Persona 4, our originally unnamed hero, Yu Narukami, returns to Inaba for a Golden Week break.  Upon his return, he and his friends discover that the Midnight Channel has returned.  This new broadcast is stranger than the ones they've seen before however, as Yu Narukami and his friends are all featured in what appears to be a fighting competition labeled the P-1 Grand Prix.  Yu and his friends all join up to reform their Investigation Team to solve this new mystery.

Persona 4 Arena comes with a handful of game modes typical of modern fighting games such as Arcade, Versus, Training, Network, Score Attack, and a Lesson Mode for beginners.
The story mode originally starts with four members of the cast, but will expand as you complete them, further unlock more characters stories.  You will be spending most of your time in story mode reading through dialogue with only a few fights in between.  It's definitely a more enjoyable and immersive experience if you have played the original game before so I recommend it if you haven't.

The gameplay in Persona 4 Arena is slightly different from other fighters.  There is an automatic combo mechanic which if you continue pressing the light attack button it will create a basic combo.
Whats also unique is in the fact that every one of the 13 playable character has their own Persona that is controlled independently.  Personas though should be sent out cautiously as they can be rendered unusable for a limited amount of time if they get hit too much, leaving you to fight at half strength.
Each character has a very unique play-style and no one plays like each other.

Online play features ranked games and custom lobbies that can hold up to 8 players.  Each match is recordable and replayable from the gallery.  A neat little feature is the ability to create you own title that is displayed by your online username by putting 3 different phrases together.

The game has a wonderful soundtrack and includes both Japanese and English audio dubs.  The game includes a lot of the soundtrack from Persona 4 with a few from Persona 3 as well, with a handful of new songs for the game.  One note though for fans of the original Persona 4 dub is the replacement of Chie Satonaka and Teddie's voice actors.  Though we will miss their original voices, the new actors still do a great job bringing them to life.

Since Persona 4 Arena is developed by Arc System Works, you can expect sharp, 2D HD character sprites similar to BlazBlue on a 3D background environment.  There's loads of well made animations, flashy moves and effects, and the color scheme of game fits well into Persona 4 with all the yellow menu screens and in-game HUD.

Persona 4 Arena is a wonderful package and a must buy for fighting game enthusiasts and for fans of the original Persona 4 who want a worthy sequel.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Atlus offers Persona 4 Golden PSVita cover with pre-order

Seems like a pretty awesome bonus considering the only way to ever get a skin like this for your PSVita would be to import it from Japan.  Persona 4 Golden is due out this October

Source: From the Atlus Faithful Newsletter. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Firefall Beta!!

So I woke up this morning to check my e-mail and I was surprised to finally get a beta invite to the exclusive closed beta of the upcoming shooter-MMO Firefall.  I have been waiting patiently for a key since the game was first announced for beta last year.  They would only ever send out keys once in a while so I was bound to get one eventually.

I had the opportunity this summer to play the game during their visit to Anime Expo 2012 with their big gaming rig.
From what I've played during Anime Expo, PVP is class-based like Team Fortress 2 but with some really fast paced combat, but not as fast as something like Tribes:Ascend.  In the open world environment, it's kinda comparable to something like Borderlands with the huge open world and tons of monsters to shoot at and earn XP and loot.

The beta seems to get updated pretty frequently so I'm sure things are different now than I played it then so I'm looking forward to blogging more about this exciting new game.

NIS America steps onto PC with its first Steam release Cladun X2

NIS America releases its first PC game on Steam and it's surprisingly not a Disgaea title.  Cladun X2 is a action RPG dungeon crawler with some rouge-like elements including random dungeons, items, and traps.  Some cool features this game includes is the ability to create your own party of adventurers, your own weapons, and your own armor designs with the in game edit mode.

Creating a party in this game is unlike a traditional RPG.  The game has a magic circle system where you pick one character to play as, and the rest of your party gets placed into spaced surrounding your main that will enchance your stats and may give you additional bonus effects.  Your party members will also act as a shield for you main character until they die in which you also lose the bonus effects they give.

Cladun X2 was originally released on the Playstation Network for the Playstation Portable system.  I can't wait to see what else NIS America will bring over to Steam in the future.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Revealed

The official third series of the BlazBlue fighting game has been revealed at last.  The game is scheduled to be released in Japanese arcades this winter, no news of console details yet.

From the PV here we can see that there's three brand new characters added, lots of new moves for existing characters, and costume changes for Noel and Tsubaki.  Notably missing are Lambda/Nu and Mu from this game's roster for obvious reasons, though I feel people who mained those characters are now screwed...also was expecting Jubei to at least be playable by this point.  Here's hoping they are at least included in the console port in the future.

[UPDATE] 8/9/2012
Arc System Works has now announced that it will be releasing BlazBlue:Chrono Phantasma on the PS3, but no news on an Xbox version.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Durarara!! Blu-ray Complete Set in a Lunch Box!

Now this is a pretty interesting package for an anime collection.  Aniplex of America announces the Durarara!! anime series in a complete collection all in a nice lunch box set on October 30th 2012.  It contains episodes 1-24 with the bonus episodes 12.5 and 25.  Bonus items include a double sided poster and a deluxe booklet.

As usual of Aniplex's BD set releases, they are incredibly limited and should be pre-ordered immediately if you even have the slightest interest.  It's retail price is $189.98 but has it for $149.99 :Pre-order at