Tonight we all went to go see Puella Magi Madoka Magica Parts 1 & 2 in theaters in Tempe. The viewing was an encore screening of the movie, the first which was held on Janurary 12th, doing so well that the movie sold out! I couldn’t get to go last time, so I made an effort to go this time around and even saw some cosplayers turn out for the movie.
Watching the series again in movie form was a whole lot of fun. It really is a great story and it was great that it did well enough that it got an encore screening. This show wasn’t sold out, but there were still quite a large amount of people who showed up giving support to Madoka.
Taiyou-Con was last weekend and I had an absolute blast at this convention! Our newest panels, “Salute to Fanservice” and “Waifu-ism and You” were huge successes and we had loads and loads of fun with everyone who turned out for this convention! Everyone was enlightened with Brian’s BAYMAN story and we even got to meet Cristina Vee, Lauren Landa and Sonny Strait. I even got my chest signed by Chris Guerrero (poor guy never signed anyone’s boobs before and I agreed to change that)! Big, BIG thanks to the guests who were willing to answer our questions and take pics with us!
If you missed us at Taiyou, (while it’s not officially confirmed) me and the others are planning to attend Con-nichiwa this March. However in the meantime, you can watch our Youtube videos on our channel and like us on Facebook. Also, make sure to check out Brian’s (IRONHOOF) blog “Lost in the Overworld” for even more content in between our convention appearances. Once again, big thanks to Taiyou-Con for having us hold panels, Cristina Vee, Chris Guerrero, Lauren Landa and Sonny Strait for the great memories, and especially you guys out there who come to our panels. Without you, we’d just be four guys sitting in a room for hours at a time just talking to ourselves!
Taiyou-Con is here again everyone and we’re gonna be there at conning in up with everyone there! So come up and see our panels, play our games, and join in on our various discussions that we’re planning to have! It’s gonna be a lot of fun, so you don’t want to miss it.
Hotel/Convention info: http://taiyoucon.com/
Youtube musical artists Duane & BrandO are trying to once again get back into the scene with starting a Kickstarter to raise enough money to go on a tour and perform for fans to attend. The Kickstarter can be viewed here and has only a little less than three days before it closes. As it stands right now, they have less than 400 backers and currently have $20,000 our of the goal of $35,000 they are asking for from their fans.
Been a while since I updated the site, been busy with a lot of stuff…(DOA5 released, editing videos, playing DOA5, getting a new capture device, going online in DOA5, watching anime, playing DOA5 with friends, catching up on movies that I’ve been meaning to see, playing DOA 5 by myself and all sorts of things…like playing DOA5) But I’m gonna hopefully rectify that right now with an update…before I go back and play Dead or Alive 5.
In case you’ve been ignoring the site for the past several weeks of just skipped over the entire first paragraph, Dead or Alive 5 is finally out and I’ve been playing the hell out of that game. In my opinion, it’s the best one in the series. Aside from the fickle net coding at times, the game is very solid. great visuals, tons of unlockables, better story (could still use work with some of the plot holes, but still better) and it makes the previous versions of Dead or Alive all but completely obsolete. I cannot get enough of this game!In collaboration news, I was a guest on ByteSizeGaming’s podcast last week. ByteSizeGaming for those who don’t know is a gaming news site ran by a friend of mine and he and the others over there were gracious enough to have me on their talk show. Check out the link here to watch the podcast and get some insight from a group of gamers about a variety of topics.
Keeping with the theme of Youtube theme; several videos were released on our Youtube channel. The videos we played were Tony Hawk HD, Worms 2: Armageddon, Dead or Alive 5 (surprise surprise), as well as Mario Party 9. You can either watch each episode at our Youtube channel linked here, or you could watch them all here which I will put up as separate posts later.
Two weeks from today is Dead or Alive 5! While there’s very little else to announce about the game before the release that hasn’t already been announced yet officially by Team Ninja, there is in fact one more character that hasn’t been officially revealed.
A few screens have surfaced before now, but there was recently a video featuring the new character, Mila in a scene in story mode as well as some gameplay featuring her. Her background seems to be that she’s a waitress with an MMA fighting style.
Granted the video’s subtitles and menus are in French, all of the dialogue is in English, so at least we can understand at least half of what’s going on. The game’s story mode is filled with bonus objectives that you can complete during the story which can be seen like a featured tutorial that helps the player learn the game kind of how Dead or Alive Dimensions had for the Nintendo 3DS, allowing players to learn the game while wasting little time delving into the game’s story mode. Completing these objectives gives you titles like Street Fighter IV or more notably Persona 4 Arena that you can call yourself for other players to see. The more challenges you complete, the more titles and hidden challenges you can unlock which in turn can give you even more titles to name yourself.
The game drops in two weeks on September 25th. Get ready to fight!
EDIT: Litterally the MINUTE I finished writing this, this video was launched!
Saboten Con was just this past Labor Day weekend and for three days it was home to some interesting things. One of the many things that caught my attention was a card game that I had bought a deck for called Weiß Schwarz.
The concept of the game is that several different series from anime, video games and visual novels can do battle amongst each other. I played the game the other day with an awesome Fate/Zero deck against a Disgaea deck that fellow member Ironhoof had bought. We literally ended up with fights like Irisviel von Einsbern fight Etna and Saber fighting Flone.
The object of the game is to go one on one with your opponent until either they or you level up to Level 4. However, despite the object of the game being to have your opponent rise in levels, the more levels they gain, the more powerful cards that your opponent can play to deal massive damage with and potentially turn the game into their favor.
Weiß Schwarz has been around in japan for a good while now and there’s currently a massive amount of other franchises that you could choose from, including Persona 4, A Certain Magical Index, Lucky Star and many, many more! Unfortunately none of those series aside from the ones that were available at Saboten Con (which were Disgaea, Puella Magi Madoka Magicka and Fate/Zero) have been translated into English yet, but if the game sells well, then we’ll be seeing more and more packs and decks translated soon. In the meantime, you could go onto heartofthecards.com to see translations for all of the cards that are available if you feel like importing them for playing. Otherwise, we’ll all just have to wait until we get more decks like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Idolm@ster, and Black Rock Shooter translated once the game takes off in the states!
Project Nailbat is making a return to Saboten Con in just 14 daysthis year. Take a look at our list of events that we’re gonna be running at the convention and make sure if you’re in the area you come on down and see us!
Perhaps is was due to poor planning on the part of Team Ninja for revealing a new trailer for Dead or Alive 5 the day after Persona 4: Arena gets released, but this completely slipped past me. This trailer looks great, and reveals several characters we’ve been waiting to see announced for the game like Brad Wong and Helena.
And if that wasn’t enough to get you going, the official site finally opened the story page and offers details about all of the past Dead or Alive games and even this sweet relationship chart to see where everyone stands with each other. In just a little over a month from now, the game will be out, so watch the trailer and get hyped!
I’m actually a bit behind on my DOA 5 Watch, but there is in fact some more news since I last updated. The E3 trailer for the game shows off more of the game as well, as new characters, Kokoro and Sarah Bryant from Virtua Fighter. On top of that, second build of the game was made available to the attendants at E3 and a tournament was held with the newer build which has seen several changes since the alpha demo was released for the people who pre-ordered Ninja Gaiden 3 (most notably the power moves and Hitomi’s face).
When interviewed about the game by video game news crews like IGN or Gamespot, the man representing Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei didn’t do a very good job at selling the game. At times he seemed to not fully understand what was even in the game, but the videos you can fine online of the tournaments could do all of the work for him anyway. The game looks amazing for an incomplete fighter. Every character has brand new moves in his or her repertoire which makes every fight look like something out of a well-choreographed martial arts movie. IGN Pro League was in charge of the tournament, which hosted several pro DOA tournament players.
But all of that was back at E3. Earlier today Tecmo Koei revealed the Dead or Alive 5 Collector’s Edition. The collector’s edition comes with a hardcover book, soundtrack of the game and a special steel case for the game, all for $79.99. Anyone who pre-orders the game will also get a handful of costumes for free, regardless if it’s for the collector’s edition or the standard edition. Downside to that is that it’s one of those, “based on where you pre-order the game from” deals. Pre-order the game from Gamestop and you’ll get bunny swimsuits for Hitomi, Kasumi and Leifang whereas pre-ordering it from Amazon and you’ll get “DOA Devils”(whatever that is?) swimsuits for Ayane, Tina and Christie.
Later this weekend, some more new characters and possibly a new trailer will be on the DOA 5 main site (according to the DOA 5 Facebook page) So hopefully I’ll be able to continue the Dead or Alive 5 watch from there.