Also coming soon are Play Arts figures of the duo as seen at the Coliseum at Kingdom Hearts.
So...happy gaming with a sprinkle of anime goodness to all!! And to end, thanks to all my readers, I appreciate the fact that you value my otaku ramblings and keep coming back. Arigato!
The first few ones I laid eyes on were from the Vocaloid series, more specifically Hatsune Miku, and later Kaito, Rin and Len. Now we've got nendoroid figures of anime series including Death Note (Misa, L, Light, Ryuk), Ghost in the Shell Tachikomas, Lucky Star (Miyuki, Tsukasa), Haruhi Suzumiya, Kemeko Deluxe (Kameko, Emuemu), and Shuffle! Memories. Upcoming figures include Fate/Stay night, Idolm@ster, Magical Marine Pixel, Gurren Lagann, and one that I'm looking very forward to Nozomu Itoshiki from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei! Look for Nozomu at the end of March 2009. Good Smile Company is quickly becoming one of my favorite figure maker/distributor. Nendoroid.org has a catalog of all released Nendoroid figures.
In a response to PETA's recently released flash game, Majesco Entertainment states in their press release -- in defense and on behalf of Mama -- that there are more than 25 vegetarian-friendly recipes available in Mama's latest game - "Cooking Mama World Kitchen, out this week for the Nintendo Wii. Way to represent Majeso! [Source: Kotaku]
Now, Yoshiki writes:
Je vous présente toutes mes excuses. Je suis vraiment désolé....Je ne sais pas comment décrire mes sentiments envers nos fans, vous qui vous êtiez réjouis à l'idée de voir les concerts de X Japan à Paris et au japon. Même si la decision n'était pas la mienne… J'en prends pleine responsabilité…Et je ne le prends pas à la légère.Okay, okay, I realize that you may not know french (not to mention my french is by no means polished), but in a nutshell, Yoshiki deeply apologizes for the turn of events. Though he knows we were looking forward to the upcoming concerts in Paris and Japan, and though the cancellation was beyond his control, Yoshiki still takes full responsibility. He writes to his loyal fans over all these years, that there were just too many problems with their production company to solve. He goes on to say that he was ready to offer the best performance ever. Sometimes he hates everything, he hates life, he hates himself, but Yoshiki states that he still loves all of X JAPAN's fans.
J'en ai encore le coeur serré. Je ne supporte pas la douleur d'àvoir brisé le coeur de nos très très cher fans, vous qui m'avez tant soutenus toutes ces années.
J'avais vraiment hâte de faire ces concerts mais notre companie de production a beaucoup de problèmes à resoudre avant que nous puissions recommencer notre tournée.
J'étais prêt à partir en tournée dans n'importe quelles conditions. Si nous avions pu être là, nous vous aurions offer le meilleur spectacle.
Parfois je déteste tout…Je déteste la vie…Je me déteste aussi…Haissez moi…. Haissez moi encore…Mais je vous aime toujours.
Je me demande parfois si j'aurais du rouvrir cette porte qui s'appelle "X Japan". Mais en meme temps, je ne sais pas non plus comment la fermer.
In reality, speaking for myself as a hardcore X JAPAN fan, along with a few friends of mine that share the same boat, my loyalty still remains and I can only be optimistic that one day (soon, hopefully), X JAPAN will give the performance of a lifetime in the U.S.
You literally run, leap, and hurdle across roof tops and through buildings in this first-person game. The visuals are absolutely striking. Scenarios differ a bit with some taking several attempts to complete. Again, it's trial and error, but once you get a feel for it and are able to get the combos and tricky moves somewhat down, it should prove for a nice gaming experience. The combat aspect is not very polished - you can disarm sometimes, but like I said, it's an interesting game.
Twenty-four of the uncut, subtitled "Naruto Shippuden" anime will be made available on Naruto.com in the first 2 weeks of January -- kicking off on January 2nd, with 8 episodes, and another 8 added each Friday, until the catch-up is complete. Beginning on January 15th and every Thursday thereafter, a new episode will be added, only days after its broadcast in Japan. [Source: ICv2]
Viz has just promoted itself as a major leader in the anime industry. Could this be the start of a wonderful growing trend? My wishful thinking for the past 20 years is finally on the verge of becoming reality.
P.S. On an unrelated note: Happy Birthday, PS3!!! It's been one hell of a 2 years, lots of ups and way too many downs than I would have liked. Here's to another great year with hopefully no more exclusives going down the drain.
- Get Ratchet & Clank Future and Casino Royale (Blu-ray) free with any PS3
- Guitar Hero III Special Edition Bundle w/2 wireless guitars and Slash faceplate - $79.98
- NBA 09 - $37.99
- Soulcalibur IV - $37.99
- Guitar Hero III Special Edition Bundle w/1 guitar - $54.99
- DualShock 3 controller - $29.99
- Brother In Arms: Hell's Highway - $20.00
- Burnout Paradise - $20.00
- Call of Duty: World At War - $49.00
- Dead Space - $30.00
- Guitar Hero: World Tour - $49.00
- Mercenaries 2 - $39.00
- Midnight Club: Los Angeles - $49.00
- NBA 2K9 - $39.00
- NCAA Football '09 - $39.00
- NFL Head Coach '09 - $10
- NBA Live '09 - $30
- NASCAR '09 - $30
- Madden NFL '09 - $30
- NCAA Football '09 - $30
Update (11/17/2008): Okay, well I knew it was too good to be true, but here's the trailer to a new Japanese RPG for the DS. The trailer looks nice, but going with the artwork alone, it would've been great to do something more like bringing it to the PS3 and show off its gorgeous visuals and gameplay. Oh well...
All this talk about live action remakes is infuriating. Ghost in the Shell? Evangelion? Akira? Ninja Scroll? Need I bring up Speed Racer?? Arghh! And speaking of Akira and Ninja Scroll, Leonardo DiCaprio is in the ranks to produce these live actions. Sorry, perhaps I'm just being too narrow-minded, but if you're the big fan of anime as you say you are, wouldn't you be on "our" side? You're taking titles that has lend itself as the root and origin of anime and compromising its grandeur stature. You're saying there are die hard loyal fans that would support this, but here's one die hard fan that isn't jumping with glee. In fact, I wouldn't be this enraged if I didn't already have the highest respect, admiration, and devotion for these titles.
Nathan Hale is back and the Chimera are still unrelenting. Starting off with the single-player campaign, you can immediately see the glory of R2, excellent graphics, huge battles and an interactive environment that goes beyond expectations. If anything, it's the wide range of bosses/enemies, in regards to variation and ability, and the rich expansive environment that represents the amplitude of the game. Sure the actual campaign story is less than stellar (this is about the only negative thing I have to say about R2), but the experience makes up for it. The campaign is challenging and a good length - definitely makes you work for victory. And the slew of weapons available is an added bonus.
But as was true with "Resistance: Fall of Man," the real champion of R2 is it's online gameplay via the Cooperative and Competitive modes. In cooperative mode, up to eight players team up together to completel a series of objectives. It's hard to describe the experience but it is truly fast-pased, high-action, adrenaline pumping, and engaging. Just like the varying skills and abilities of bosses, the objectives can vary from moderate to ultra challenging calling for sound teamwork. R2 is truly amazing and the scale of the game is too grand to summarize in one entry. If you never got into "Resistance: Fall of Man," R2 begs you to reconsider.
Check out the track list below. You probably won't need 3 guesses to figure out which song I jumped at playing first. X JAPAN's "I.V."
- The 88 - “Sons and Daughters”
- Authority Zero - “No Regrets”
- Between the Buried and Me - “Prequel To The Sequel”
- The Cab - “Bounce”
- The Chevelles - “Get It On”
- The Cocktail Slippers - “Give It To Me”
- Dealership - “Database Corrupted”
- Endeverafter - “I Wanna Be Your Man”
- The Ghost Hounds - “Ashes To Fire”
- Hollywood Undead - “Young”
- Kutless - “The Feeling”
- The Len Price 3 “If I Ain’t Got You”
- Lesley Roy - “I’m Gone, I’m Going”
- Opiate for the Masses - “Burn You Down”
- Semi-Precious Weapons - “Magnetic Baby”
- Shaimus - “Like a Fool”
- Thenewno2 - “Crazy Tuesday”
- Tickle Me Pink - “The Time Is Wrong”
- Underoath - “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures”
- X Japan - “I.V.”
Good Smile Company's Golden Darkness (Konjiki no Yami) 1/8 scale PVC figure is retailed at 6,500 yen and is due out March 2009. Did I mention I'm in love with that gorgeous hair?
We don't have interest in the 3D world. If possible, I want to become the husband of a 2D character. Does not look like this matter can be solved with today's science and technology, so at least make it legal to marry a 2D character. If this law is passed, then I want to marry Asahina Mikuru.Hmm, fulfilling the otaku dream? Makes me wonder, if I had to choose one, who I would choose. Gendo...Kaname...this may take some more thought actually. Nevertheless, while it would be interesting if this law was passed, the implications that come to mind are overwhelming. Would the law allow several people to marry the same character? What about copyright infringement? And tax returns? While this petition is serious and sure, it affects millions of otaku and hikkikomori, I can't fathom it. It's an interesting thought though. [Source: Too many to list, so I'll pick one - DannyChoo]
But slowly and surely, I intend to write my heart out. Thanks to everyone for sticking and bearing with me. I've done some back-logging, as I started many entries in my hotel room but never completed them. My progress has been lagging, but I'm almost there.
I've been overwhelmed and exhausted from 16-hour days and no room to finally take a break. It's obvious that I'm in need of the only medicine that can remedy this ailment -- anime, manga, and some quality time on my gaming chair. So look out for more reviews and goodness. *cue Misato fan-service preview closing*