Everyone’s favourite blue haired vocaloid has made an appearance in a new PV recently in Japan. Hachioji-P is a hugely popular vocaloid producer who posted the clip online for “Twinkle World feat. Hatsune Miku”. The clip is to promote his forthcoming third album while the PV itself was directed by Wakamura-P, a well known vocaloid director.
The album, “Twinkle World”, will feature 14 tracks and is set to launch in Japan on August 27th.
Fans of Madoka Magica will be chomping at the bit for these next set of news. The girls from the series will be receiving an update for the digital card game during the Summer season. There’s camping gear with a Summer theme as well as circus inspired outfits, just to name a couple.
After a week or so on hiatus, Gaming Life in Japan is back!
Topping the software charts this week was Level 5′s entry for the Nintendo 3DS, Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke with nearly 121k units sold. That brings up the grand total to 2,093,992 units sold, a very tidy figure.
Second on the charts Bandai Namco’s new entry on the 3DS, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2. Quite a few new entries this week with third spot being held by Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson from Marvelous software also for the 3DS. The aging PS3 gets a mention with Ultra Street Fighter IV from Capcom debuting at number four this week as everyone’s karting game, Mario Kart 8, sits pretty at number five. Number six sees a new debut for the PS Vita this time from NIS with Shin Hayarigami. The PS3 version of the same game rounds out the chart this week taking out the tenth spot.
Looking at hardware, we see the 3DS LL hold a commanding lead with 33,172 units sold as the PS Vita contends with second spot selling 17,084 handhelds.
Good to see the Wii U finally find some stability in Japan with the console holding the fort down in third with 13,598 units sold the past week.
Ok, first of all, a warning. The following may result in a sensory overload of your kawaii senses. Now with that out of the way, Yokohama Minatomirai is host to an annual Summer event called Pikachu Outbreak! The event runs between August 9 through to the 17th. Over 1000 Pikachus take over several landmarks from museums, restaurants and the Cosmo Clock 21Ferris wheel, to name a few. Even the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse was temporarily turned yellow as 50 electric mice ran rampant.
The upcoming Pokemon movie, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, enjoyed the cross promotion with Rica Matsumoto, a voice actress, being present as well as Konno Asami, an ex-idol who’s now a TV presenter. Here’s a beyond cute Vine video showing the Pikachu shenanigans!
And here’s a video promoting the Pikachu Outbreak! event.
Most gamers will be familiar with the ultra creepy and spooky game series, Fatal Frame. These games involve you armed alone with a spirit camera capturing some very scary spirits and ghosts. Clearly a studio in Japan thought that it would make a great live action movie called Zero with the announcement that a teaser trailer has just been released.
Kadokawa Pictures has been tasked with bringing it to the big screen with directorial responsibilities being handled by Mari Asato, no stranger to the genre with Ju-On: Black Ghost, Ring of Curse under his belt. Enough talk though, roll the teaser trailer!
Great news coming out from Kadokawa with the reveal that Kantai Collection, or KanColle, has been slated for anime release. For those that haven’t caught up with this title, it’s a mobile game on Android and iOS and by all accounts, is very addictive. The gameplay is a free to play, online card game which features warships depicted as very kawaii girls. There’s also a PS Vita game in the works but for now, check out the trailer for the anime below.
And to give you a better idea of what they look like, here’s Neko from Japanese pop culture TV show It’s Japan, Man! as Shimakaze from KanColle. Photographed by the always amazing Neil Creek.
Some exciting news out of the TGS camp today with the news of the all the exhibitors who will be having a presence at this year’s event. It’s great list with all the big players in attendance which promises to be yet another great TGS.
General Exhibition Area
AMUSEMENT MEDIA ACADEMY
ARC SYSTEM WORKS
ASCII MEDIA WORKS
BANDAI NAMCO Games
DIGITAL WORKS ENTERTAINMENT
HOLLAND GAME FRONT
HONG KONG CYBERPORT
On-off Design & Technology
KADOKAWA ENTERBRAIN Brand Company
KOEI TECMO GAMES
OXiAB Game Studio
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS JAPAN
Sony Computer Entertainment
Taiwan Game Pavilion
Fun Yours Technology
MacroWell OMG Digital Entertainment
Taiwan External Trade Development Council
TOKYO ELECTRON DEVICE
Yahoo Japan Game Business Enterprise
Smartphone Game Area / Social Game Area
CRYPTON FUTURE MEDIA
FORTUMO MOBILE PAYMENT
Geisha Tokyo Entertainment
Groove Box Japan
Hokkaido Mobile Content Business Council
Internet Initiative Japan
Macau Cultural Industry Association Board Games
Anabuki College Group
ARS Computer College
Arts College YOKOHAMA
Aso Business Computer Fukuoka College
ECC COLLEGE OF COMPUTER AND MULTIMEDIA
Higashi-Nihon Design & Computer College
Hokkaido Information University
JAPAN ELECTRONICS COLLEGE
Kanagawa Institute of Technology
Kinjo College Junior College Department
Kobe Institute of Computing – College of Computing
Kyushu Designers Gakuin College
NAGOYA KOUGAKUIN COLLEGE
NIHON KOGAKUIN COLLEGE / TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Niigata Computer College
Niigata High Technology College
Numazu Professional Training College of Business and Information Technology
Osaka Academy of Entertainment Design
Osaka Designer’s College
Osaka Electro-Communication Univ. Department of Digital Games
Osaka Sogo College of Design
OTA INFORMATION & BUSINESS COLLEGE
Professional Training College Tokyo Net Wave
SAE CREATIVE MEDIA INSTITUTE
SOGOGAKUEN HUMAN ACADEMY
Technical College Be-MAX
Tohoku Computer College
TOKYO COMMUNICATION ARTS (JIKEI COM GROUP)
TOKYO DESIGN TECHNOLOGY CENTER (JIKEI COM GROUP)
TOKYO DESIGNER GAKUIN COLLEGE
Tokyo Jitsugyo High School
Tokyo University of Information Sciences
World Institute of Zeal artists for digital and technology
Romance Simulation Game Area
Merchandise Sales Area
ARC SYSTEM WORKS
BANDAI NAMCO Games
Internet Radio Station <onsen>
Nikkei Business Publications
SQUARE ENIX MUSIC
I can’t wait to hit up that merchandise area and see what goodies are there this time around. Last year, Japandaman spent wayyy too much money but the goodies were oh so worth it!
Sword Art Online 2 has recently kicked off and the new merchandise has begun to roll out. First up we have Gun Gale Online Kirito bedsheets courtesy of Genco. The bedsheets will also be showcased at the upcoming, Comiket 86.
Another awesome bit of apparel, from Kadokawa, are the hug pillows, or dakimakura, featuring Asuna, and more importantly, Sinon, the ice cool sniper.
Here we go again…let’s see what’s selling overseas with Gaming Life in Japan!
Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke has climbed back up the charts and reclaimed the top spot on the software chart.
A new entry for the PS Vita from SCEJ, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, takes second spot while Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea from Gust for the PS3 takes third. That’s also a new entry into the Japanese chart. Bandai Namco sees a new title enter in fourth spot for the 3DS, that game being Gundam Try Age SP. No more new entries after that with Mario Kart 8 and Yokai Watch taking fifth and sixth spots, respectively. Freedom Wars with over 1.2 million units sold, takes seventh place while looking ahead to tenth spot, we see Watch Dogs for the PS3 raking up just under 60K in sales.
Checking out hardware sales, are you really expecting anything different by now? Nope! The 3DS is still the favourite handheld for Japan with 31,192 units sold for the week. The PS Vita manages to take the second spot with 27,352 units sold while the once struggling Wii U seems to be alright with 8,209 units sold. The Wii U seems to be constantly in third place which is different from months ago where it was constantly in a lot lower in the charts. Sony’s latest console, the PlayStation 4, looks like it hasn’t struck a chord yet with gamers languishing in fifth spot behind the older PS3.
Just a really quick update to let everyone know who had entered into the draw to win the amazing Attack on Titan giveaway pack on the It’s Japan, Man! Facebook page, Annika Wilson is the lucky winner!!
She’ll be receiving the limited edition Attack on Titan Blu ray pack thanks to our friends over at Madman! Congrats to Annika and a massive thank you to Madman again!