Any luck it'll be available for non-Japanese customers?
The PS3 is a state-of-the-art piece of sleek, awe-inspiring, and jaw-breaking technology that has huge prospects behind it. The PS3 blazes through its competition with its better engine under the hood. The 360 and Wii have nothing on it -- no competition whatsoever. So, what's the problem?
There has been a "release drought" for all three consoles, but none in worse shape than the PS3. And what does Sony do in response? They drop its basic 20GB PS3 completely, just as Microsoft adds a third. While the release of the 20GB PS3 seems pretty pointless, with only a mere $100 difference from its 60GB counterpart, I think the smart move would have been to lower the price of the 20GB, rather than dropping it altogether.
And is it just me, or has Sony been losing its exclusive titles left and right? One of the factors that have consistently set apart the Playstation brand is its exclusive games -- "Final Fantasy," "Kingdom Hearts," "Devil May Cry," "Metal Gear," just to name a few. Just look at "Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings" for the Nintendo DS coming very soon. If anything, Sony deperately needs more "big name" games and exclusives to burn the competition away, and it doesn't look like that's going to happen anytime soon.Check out the "big name" line-up -- sure to change, no doubt:
- Devil May Cry 4 - October 2007
- Metal Gear Solid 4 - November 2007
- F.E.A.R Next - 2008
- Final Fantasy XIII - 2008
- Resident Evil - 2008
- Soul Caliber - 2008
- Tekken 6 - 2008
- FF XII Versus - 2009!!
I'm especially bummed out "Tekken 6." I feel like trailers have been shown since the early days, but who would have thought this game wouldn't be out yet. I'm sorry, but I refuse to settle for "Virtua Fighter 5." And speaking of which, it looks like we are going to have to submit to settling for games we may or may not have purchased if the games we really wanted were available now. Q3 2007 releases include games such as "Spider-Man 3," "The Darkness," "Lair," "Medal of Honor," and "Harry Potter." The much talked about "Home" has a tentative date of September 2007. And can someone shed some light on why "Castlevania" (December 2007) is only showing up on the Japan release list? Still no word on "Silent Hill 5" and the "Kingdom Hearts" sequel...
With incessant delays, loss of exclusives, and slow "small time" releases, the PS3 is just a piece of unused hardware with awesome capabilities. PS3s may collect dust or turn into your standard DVD/Blu-ray player. Time to look at the PS2 and PSP releases.
Just a word of thought -- I realize that games shouldn't be rushed, I mean, who would want some low quality game, but this is just ridiculous. All I have to say is that I see no reason that all future game releases not be in Full HD.
The coloring/shading of the series changed a little and I hope that the second season will reflect the quality of the first half of season one. This is another title I'm looking forward to watching. The Otaku club meets for a second session and it should be great.
If you haven't seen the first season of "Genshiken," I highly recommend it. It's hilarious, especially if you can totally see yourself as part of the crowd. Anime, manga, video games, cosplay, conventions, doujinshi, figures, and the like, all converge in "Genshiken" to create the world of otaku.
Released in the US on April 10, 2007, the long awaited tenth volume of "Evangelion" finally arrives. It's been over two years since the ninth volume came out, but it sure feels like an eternity, or at least way longer than two years. Just as a refresher, volume ten continues the battle of the penultimate Angel, Armisael. Rei's sacrifice opens up a huge can of worms as the secrets behind NERV begin to unravel, emphasizing the culminative realization of the true tragedy behind NERV's employees."If thou shalt afflict my daughter, or if thou shalt take other wives."
As I walked to the ticket box office to pick up the "first-come, first-serve tickets," I was greeted with a long and winding line that seemed to have no end. I was pleasantly surprised at the turn out this year. From old to young, from novices to experts, the crowd represented both extremes of the spectrum and everything else in between. From the looks of things, avid anime fans were the minority group in this event. The line moved pretty swiftly and after a brief moment of anxiousness for fear of running out of tickets, I had my hands on my passes to the four movies featured this year -- "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Movie," "Tachigui," "Tokyo Godfathers," and "Paprika."
Running all day alongside the movies, was a sort of documentary of the evolution of anime fandom, presented by the DC Anime Club. The audience took to "Tachigui," the live-action anime hybrid by "Ghost in the Shell" director Mamoru Oshii, differently. Some deemed it boring or confusing, while anime "fans" were able to pick up on its comedic elements and enjoy the movie. Expectedly, however, the highlight of the day was the second half of the line-up.
"Tokyo Godfathers" took the audience by storm and as Satoshi Kon put it most succinctly, "Tokyo Godfathers" embodies happiness. His introduction nicely set up the stage for the movie. Constant laughter filled the auditorium and the uproar did not subside until the ending credits started to roll. It was amazing to see how many poor souls had yet to see this movie (and many others), let alone the fact that it's been available on DVD for ages. And unfortunately, many will never know the greatness that is anime. But back to the topic at hand...
A short Q&A session rolled in before the viewing of "Paprika." I say short, because I still feel utter resentment and disappointment that I was unable to ask my question. Out of all the questions asked, two, at most, were viable. The rest screamed pure ignorance...just Google your damn simple question and let others ask theirs. Excuse me, like I said, resentment on my part, still ensues. So with the exception of his answer to my question unasked, we learned that Satoshi really enjoys directing full-length movies. He currently has no plans to create another TV series to follow "Paranoia Agent." In actuality, "Paranoia Agent" did not arise with the intent of creating a TV series. Perfectly good ideas that arose but couldn't be implemented while Satoshi was working on "Perfect Blue" and "Millennium Actress" was "recycled" and led to the creation of "Paranoia Agent." In the mean time, Satoshi is currently working on his newest full-length movie set in the far far-distant future, rather than the frequent not-so-distant anime works. For Satoshi "followers," you can bet that the world created by him will be anything but ordinary.
The day was full of ups and downs, but in the end, it was nice to watch these movies again and a great pleasure to see Satoshi Kon. And just for those of you who are curious as to what my question was...I wanted to know what his mind-set and inspiration was when he created "Paprika." Be that as it may, his introduction to "Paprika" was perfectly said, a world of imagery at best. The ride back home was just as crazy as coming in. And you know your life revolves around anime when you've spent a whole day watching anime movies at the Cherry Blossom Marathon and when you finally get home, you pop in more anime.
Anime Expo 2007, the biggest anime con in North America (Long Beach, CA), was on my agenda this year. Unfortunately, there’s a slim chance that I’ll be able to go to both J-rock Revolution and Anime Expo. Choosing will prove to be a difficult feat. It’s the battle of the pros and cons, but whatever I choose will definitely involve major sacrifices.
When all is said and done, this event is sure to deliver. I have no doubt that this will indeed mark a revolution in J-rock. Tickets go on sale on April 21st at 10:00 a.m. Their official site is scheduled to go live this Monday.
Check out the official site for pics of the logos and keychain. These pics can also be found on Famitsu.
I've had this figure for quite some time, but am only now posting it here. I was unexpectedly unable to find the english translation for the 10 lines spoken. So I decided to translate it myself. Since my Japanese is self-taught and by far not exhaustive , it took me a while, and being the perfectionist I am, I wanted to make sure I had it just right. That lead me, with extreme enthusiasm, to watch the entire series again. So without further ado, here is the kanji and english translation for the 10 lines featured on the Rei Ayanami Voice I-doll Superior Figure (Note: you will need a japanese language tool to view the japanese characters, but hey since we're all fans here, I'm assuming we all already have them installed ^_^).
"You won't die...I will protect you."
"I don't know what to do at a time like this."
“I’ll have a garlic ramen with no roast pork.”
“AT Field, Full Power!”
CURRENTLY WORKING ON TRANSLATION
”I am not a doll.”
"If you do not open your heart to her, the Eva won’t move.”
"No, I mean, I don't know that. I think, probably, I am the third."
“Isn’t it a very, very comfortable feeling?”
CURRENTLY WORKING ON TRANSLATION
I don't want to give away to much, but "Chain Mail" is an attention-grabber. Readers will want to see this through till the final twist of the story. The references made are remarkably accurate throwing you right in the center of Tokyo. While geared toward young female teens, "Chain Mail" has something for everyone, regardless of age or gender.