In yet another collaboration ready to hit up Japan, convenience store chain Lawson, has revealed a cross promotion with the popular IdolM@ster series.
Beginning on May 27th, the promotion will see Lawson teaming up with the PS3 launch of the new game, The Idolm@ster: One for All.The promotion will see the Kirin brand of Namacha, a green tea beverage which comes in bottled form, covered in one of the 12 different characters from the series. This will give the game launching on May 15 a great start and will see it hopefully sell by the truckload.
If you’re out and about in Akihabara and want to see something really cute, you might want to take a look at the fourth floor of Kotobukiya. Walking up there you’ll see Haruka Amami from hugely popular, The Idolm@ster, who will be plastered everywhere you look. The Idolm@ster have launched their own line of figures called “Cu-poche” with Haruka being the first one to be produced.
The figures launch in Japan tomorrow, April 5th, and in the US later this year in May. In fact the US store of Kotobukiya is now accepting pre-orders for it as well. The “Cu-poche” figures come with a chibi style, very familiar to the Nendoroids from Good Smile Company and Chibi-Arts from Bandai.
Apart from the Haruka Amami figure, they plan on releasing more during the year including Saber (Fate/stay night), Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Dark Magician Girl (Yu-Gi-Oh!) and Kirino Kosaka (Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai).
*all of the photos were taken by Mikikazu Komatsu with the store’s permission
I posted on here the other day about “The iDOLM@STER 2” being released for the PS3 in Japan in October this year, well now following on from those news, I can post on here a promotional video released by Bandai Namco. It features the song “Ready!” which is from the anime version of the game. Great video with some lush graphics should start the anticipation meter. Enjoy!
Japanese simulation fans will be ecstatic at the news that popular simulation game, The iDOLM@STER 2 is heading to the PS3. The first game released on the Xbox 360 back in 2007 revolved around a producer taking his girl band and trying to reach dizzying levels of success with them which garnered it great scores in Famitsu and other publications at the time. Three years later, the sequel was released once again on the Xbox 360 without news of a PS3 port. Well that has now changed with the PS3 version due to hit Japan stores on October 27th 2011 in two different editions. First off there’s the stock standard edition which will retail for ¥7,980, however if you fork out ¥19,800 you get quite a few extras for your buck.
As well as the game, you’ll also be receiving a Blu-Ray of Volume 1 of the “The iDOLM@STER” anime, the soundtrack to “The iDOLM@STER 2”, a cd called Idolmaster Gravure For You! Volume 1 (it’s supposed to be able to let you take pics of the idol girls at the beachside?), a container box that will eventually allow you to hold all the “The iDOLM@STER” anime discs and lastly, you’ll also get the latest copy of a magazine for fans of the idols which may or may not be called Monthly Idol Pix. So as you can see there’s heaps on offer there for those lucky enough to nab themselves the limited version which any self respecting Otaku would go for, if anything for the enclosed soundtrack. Hopefully the soundtrack will feature a memorable tracks as the first one did but none more so than, “Tonari ni…”, one of my personal faves which I was lucky enough to see live performed by Chiaki Takahashi with the Eminence Symphony Orchestra, sublime. Check the preview clip below to see what I mean 🙂