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30 Jul 09:18

Tales of Symphonia’s Lloyd Joins Super Smash Bros… As A Mii Fighter Costume

by Sato

In addition to Tales of Symphonia protagonist Lloyd Irving, we’ll get another cameo costume for the Mii Fighter with a Flying Man outfit from the Earthbound series.

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29 Jul 16:58

Speedrunning - Games Done Quick and Developer Tips - Extra Credits

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A passionate community has grown around speedrunning, when players try to find the fastest possible way to complete a run. Different types of speedrun may require the player to beat the entire game or allow them to take shortcuts enabled by glitches. Game developers may want to attract an audience for their game through a design that appeals to this community, but to succeed they should keep three factors in mind. First, focus on tight controls so the runner can focus on their path through the game. Second, allow them the versatility of multiple approaches, but make sure the game provides enough consistency that each performance of the same route can be executed in the same time (or close to it). Scripted enemies vs. AI that generates random responses help with that! Finally, be mindful of how patching affects the speedrunners who are learning your game: you can still patch, but try to patch in new options for the community along with your bug fixes!
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29 Jul 15:06

"Yamato 2199" Anime Series Sequel Reportedly in Development

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Japanese fan buzz purportedly from an early look at issue 11 of Ship's Log, the Yamato Premium Fan Club magazine has it that Exec Producer Souji Nishizaki reveals that pre-production is underway on a follow-up to 2013's Space Battleship Yamato 2199 classic sci-fi remake, with studio Xebec currently doing hiring and research. 

 

Reportedly, the new series will run another 26 episodes, doing the earlier work's format of theatrical screenings then broadcast starting later in 2016. The story will be inspired by 1978's Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato feature and Space Battleship Yamato II TV series. Original content is being planned for after this season. 

 

via Our Star Blazers.com/Cosmo DNA CommunityRollingPirahna and otakomu

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

27 Jul 12:55

"The King of Braves GaoGaiGar" Gets Japanese Bluray Release

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

 

The King of Braves GaoGaiGar, a classic mecha TV anime from 1997 and the conclusion to the Braves series, is receiving a deluxe Bluray release on Japanese home video. The 2-part release will feature remastered high definition video and new audio commentaries, as well as over 200 pages of supplementary print materials.

 

The video below shows a comparison between the DVD and Bluray releases:

 

 

GaoGaiGar tells the story of Mamoru, a young boy with mysterious powers, and his friends and allies at the GGG organization. Together, they protect the Earth from invasion by alien threats, such as the mysterious Zonderians who transform human beings into giant, monstrous machines. The TV series was released on DVD in North America by Media Blasters.

 

 

The 1st part of the Bluray release includes episodes 01 - 30 of GaoGaiGar. It retails for 36,000 yen ($292.30 US) plus tax and will be released on November 25, 2015. The 2nd part of the Bluray release contains episodes 31 - 49 of the series. It retails for 24,000 yen ($194.87 US) plus tax and will be released on February 17, 2015.

 

Source: Animeanime.jp

 

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23 Jul 20:30

Persona 4: Dancing All Night Hits The Streets On September 29

by Spencer

Persona 4: Dancing All Night, the next canon game in the Persona series, has a new mystery for the Investigation Team to solve.

Read Persona 4: Dancing All Night Hits The Streets On September 29 on Siliconera!

23 Jul 16:15

Hatsune Miku Joins "Persona 4: Dancing All Night" as DLC Character

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

 

Crypton Future Media's virtual idol Hatsune Miku is joining the cast of Atlus's Persona 4: Dancing All Night rhythm game for the PS Vita as a DLC character. The collaboration features a Miku design illustrated by Shigenori Soejima as well as the song "Heaven feat.Hatsune Miku(ATOLS Remix)".

 

 

 

 

 

The DLC will be available in mid-August. The DLC will be paid-content, but the price has not yet been announced. The team-up makes sense, since Atlus is now owned by Sega, the company that produces the Hatsune Miku Project Mirai and Project Diva rhythm games.

 

 

If Hatsune Miku is a technically a character in the Shin Megami Tensei universe, does that make Mikudayo her Persona?

 

Source: Famitsu via Mikufan.com

 

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25 Jul 21:35

Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro Are Still Working Together On A Project

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Are you already missing P.T. and you're mourning the loss of Silent Hills? There's some good news on the way that should satisfy you -- both Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are planning on working on a new project together!

 

In an interview with IGN, Guillermo del Toro explained that the two are still going to work together, but just not on Silent Hills.

 

“I love working with Kojima-san. “We are still in touch. We are still friends and working into doing something together, but that’s not going to be [Silent Hills].”

 

So if you loved the idea of the dream team, you can still ship away. A project could very well be in the works for the future, and it might even blow Silent Hills out of the water. We'll just have to wait and see, as hard as that may be now that we've seen what they're capable of. Hopefully whatever they choose to create is just as good. 

 

[via Gematsu]

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23 Jul 06:45

Fire Emblem Fates’ DLC Map Will Feature Characters From Awakening

by Sato

Fire Emblem Fates is getting a series of free DLC maps, including one that will feature characters from Fire Emblem Awakening.

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22 Jul 16:00

Splatoon, Fire Emblem Fates Music In Nintendo Music Game, Band Brothers P

by Spencer

Band Brothers P players will be able to get four Nintendo tunes for the Nintendo 3DS music game. A song from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is available as a free download now. "Splattack!" from Splatoon will be available between July 22 to August 4.

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22 Jul 16:05

2015 Animator Dormitory Reaches Crowdfunding Goal

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

According to a 2009 survey, young animators make around 90,000 yen per month ($740), while the industry is largely located in the expensive districts of Tokyo. Following the success of last year's, a second crowdfunding campaign launched in May to help foster new generations of anime creators with the establishment of affordable dormitories. This week, the effort wrapped up having succeeded in raising $780 above its $15,000 target of funds for setting up more dormitory facilities that animators who are new to the industry can use for 30,000JPY per month (including utility expenses).

 

The animators who get to use the [Starting Out Animators’ Dormitory] will also get chances for social exchanges beyond the boundaries of companies, and also receive technical support for illustrations and drawing. Currently, they are supporting 2 starting out animators at the dorm. For this project, they aim to expand the dorm facility up to 2 times the current scale.

 

 

via @crazynabe

 

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22 Jul 01:30

What Japanese Fans Think Of The Zero Escape: Volume 3 Announcement

by Robert Ward

A third game in the series, Zero Escape: Volume 3, which is set to take place on Mars, was announced at Anime Expo earlier this month. The reaction in the west seems fairly positive, but what are Japanese players saying about the game?

Read What Japanese Fans Think Of The Zero Escape: Volume 3 Announcement on Siliconera!

20 Jul 19:33

Localizing Persona: An Interview With Atlus’s Yu Namba

by Robert Ward

Siliconera had a chance to sit down and speak with Yu Namba, a Senior Project Manager at Atlus who is responsible for much of the Persona series’ localization.

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20 Jul 04:30

Kamikaze Douga Produces "City Hunter" New Anime

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

It has been confirmed that the upcoming new anime based on Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga series is produced by Tokyo-based anime/CG production company Kamikaze Douga, recently highly acclaimed for its TV anime adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Sunrise animated the past anime series in the 1980's-90's.

 

It will be released as a bonus OAD for the purchasers of all 12 volumes of the manga's new edition series "City Hunter XYZ Edition." The first two volumes were just released in Japan on July 18, and its promotional video is now online.

 

The OAV story focuses on the protagonist Ryo Saeba's marriage proposal to the main heroine Kaori Makimura. All of the four original voice cast of the previous series: Akira Kamiya (Ryo Saeba), Kazue Ikura (Kaori Makimura), Yoko Asagami (Saeko Nogami) and Tessho Genda (Umibouzu) will reprise their

roles for the special episode after 16 years.

 

 

"City Hunter XYZ Edition" PV

 

 

1st and 2nd volume covers

 

 

"Ryo's Proposal" disc image

 

 

Source: Mantan Web

 

(C) Tsukasa Hojo/NSP 1985

 

17 Jul 03:45

"Fruit Basket" Manga New Series "another" to Launch in September

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Hakusensha today announced that Fruit Basket another, the sequel to Natsuki Takaya's popular manga series Fruit Basket, will be serialized on its free web manga site HanaLaLa online from September 4. The new series is set in the same Kaibara High School, from which the protagonists of the original series Tohru Honda, Kyo and Yuki Sohma had already graduated, and features a new protagonist girl named Sawa who has just enrolled at the school.

 

The original series was serialized in Hakusensha's semi-monthly magazine Hana to Yume from 1998 to 2006, then compiled in 23 tankobon volumes. Its total print run in Japan has reached 18.5 million copies. The publisher will release the first two of the 12-volume collector's edition of the 1998-2006 series on the same day when the new series begins.

 

 

"Fruit Basket another" main visual

 

 

CM

 

 

Collector's edition 1st and 2nd volume covers

 

 

CM

 

 

via: Comic Natalie

 

(c) Natsuki Takaya/Hakusensha

15 Jul 05:15

Senran Kagura Writer Worked On Fire Emblem Fates’ Third Story Path

by Ishaan

Yukinori Kitajima worked on Fire Emblem Fates.

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14 Jul 16:01

Meet The Star Developers Behind Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem

by Sato

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem has quite the impressive team of developers working on it.

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15 Jul 15:02

This Year's Lay's 'Do Us A Flavor' Finalists Sound Damn Tasty

by Mike Fahey
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Approved! Also I am bringing back a version of one of these chips.

Later this month potato chip fans from around the country will vote the determine which of these flavors is worth a million dollars. This is going to be a tough one.

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13 Jul 20:49

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I found the problem. (at Delta Terminal - LaGuardia Airport)

11 Jul 09:00

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10 Jul 23:58

Fire Emblem Artist Spotlight: Mayumi Hirota

by Robert Ward

In the Fire Emblem: Treasure art book, Shouzou Kaga details his infatuation with Hirota’s character designs.

Read Fire Emblem Artist Spotlight: Mayumi Hirota on Siliconera!

10 Jul 16:59

Freedom Planet - Sonic with a Twist (Kick) - James Recommends

by Extra Credits

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10 Jul 08:50

Delayed "Slayers" Film/OVA Blu-ray Box Scheduled for October 30, 2015

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Japanese online retailers including Amazon Japan and Animate have listed the digitally-remastered Blu-ray box of the five anime films and two OVA series based on Hajime Kanzaka's popular light novel series in 1990s, Slayers, for a release on October 30, 2015. As reported, it was originally scheduled for February 27, 2015, but was cancelled three months before it. The reason for the cancellation was explained as "an issue on production" at the time.

 

This is the first time for the eight titles to get Blu-ray releases, following the DVD box in November 2006. The Blu-ray versions are newly remastered from the original 35mm negative films. The 41,040 yen (about 337 US dollars) set contains:

 

"Slayers Perfect" (1995 film)

"Slayers Return" (1996 film)

"Slayers Great" (1997 film)

"Slayers Gorgeous" (1998 film)

"Slayers Premium" (2001 film)

"Slayers Special" (1996 OVA: 3 episodes)

"Slayers Excellent (1998 OVA: 3 episode)

 

The novel's original illustrator Rui Araizumi provides its box illustration, while the anime character

designer/animation director Takahiro Yoshimatsu draws its digi-pack jackets. 68-page booklet,

newly-recorded audio commentaries by Megumi Hayashibara (Lina Inverse), Maria Kawamura (Naga

the White Serpent), Hiroshi Watanabe (the director of the anime series) and Takahiro Yoshimatsu,

and the original trailers/CMs are also included in the set.

 

 

Box illustration

 

 

Source: Amazon Japan, Animate

 

© Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi/"Slayers" Production Committee

 

09 Jul 15:27

Get Your First Look At The Mewtwo Amiibo

by Chris Priestman

It'll be showed off at the San Diego Comic Con.

Read Get Your First Look At The Mewtwo Amiibo on Siliconera!

09 Jul 11:30

VIDEO: Previews for Latest "Kuroko's Basketball" Character Song CDs

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Lantis has posted two preview videos for the latest character song CDs from the recently-finished TV anime Kuroko's Basketball. The 18th solo series CD featuring Seijuro Akashi (CV: Hiroshi Kamiya) and 12th duet series by Tetsuya Kuroko (Kensho Ono) and Taiga Kagami (Yuuki Ono) were just released in Japan yesterday, July 8. The Akashi CD ranks 11th in the Oricon daily single chart on its first day, while the Kuroko & Kagami one took 15th.

 

 

"Kuroko's Basketball Character Song Solo Series Vol.18"

     Seijuro Akashi (CV: Hiroshi Kamiya)

 

 

 

"Kuroko's Basketball Character Song Duet Series Vol.12"

     Tetsuya Kuroko (Kensho Ono) and Taiga Kagami (Yuuki Ono)

 

Source: Kuroko's Basketball TV anime official website

 

© Tadatoshi Fujimaki/Shueisha, Kuroko's Basketball Production Committee

 

09 Jul 04:43

Take A Look At Fire Emblem Fates’ Third Scenario, Invisible Kingdom

by Sato

"Between the White Kingdom and Black Kingdom… is the Invisible Kingdom."

Read Take A Look At Fire Emblem Fates’ Third Scenario, Invisible Kingdom on Siliconera!

09 Jul 07:25

Funimation Posts "Dragon Ball" Hint

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

It's the eve of San Diego Comic Con, North America's largest geek event and besides laying out their plans for event exclusives, FUNimation has dropped a Dragon Ball hint.  

 

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— FUNimation@SDCC#4135 (@FUNimation) July 9, 2015

First 100 to stop by our #SDCC2015 booth tomorrow get a ticket for a guaranteed autograph from the #DBZRF English voice cast!

— FUNimation@SDCC#4135 (@FUNimation) July 9, 2015

We're going to @Comic_Con! We have a ton of things we're doing that you can find on our blog: http://t.co/JMz814JUps pic.twitter.com/rO9e96Vgp5

— FUNimation@SDCC#4135 (@FUNimation) July 8, 2015

Pick up exclusives of #DBZRF, #AttackOnTitan, #CowboyBebop, #FairyTail, & #LostGirl at our booth #4135 at #SDCC2015. pic.twitter.com/FgNWOfpRfV

— FUNimation@SDCC#4135 (@FUNimation) July 8, 2015

 

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09 Jul 01:31

Fire Emblem Artist Spotlight: Katsuyoshi Koya

by Robert Ward

Katsuyoshi Koya led character design on Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, but stepped down for Thracia 776. Read about him inside.

Read Fire Emblem Artist Spotlight: Katsuyoshi Koya on Siliconera!

08 Jul 18:40

"Hayate the Combat Butler" Celebrates 500th Chapter With New Series Announcement

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Along with chapter 500 of Hayate the Combat Butler, Weekly Shonen Sunday, out in Japan July 8th (yeah, Sunday is released on Wednesday) announced that author Kenjirou Hata is preparing to start a new manga that will run alongside Hayate in Sunday. The subject and title will be introduced in August 5th's 36/37 double issue, then the series will launch in September 2nd's issue 40th. It will then run monthly.  Hayate will also be continuing. 

 

 

 

via Natalie

 

 

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08 Jul 17:00

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt - Best Detective Game Ever Made - Extra Credits

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08 Jul 18:01

This Week In Sales: Fire Emblem Fates Stays On Top

by Ishaan

Splatoon's still hanging around in the top 5, too.

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