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The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku Living in Tokyo — Ep05

4 Aug , 2015,
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Our Otaku Professor headed down to Meguro last week to have a look at what’s going on at Meguro Gajoen. The Wanoakari X Hundred Steps, presents a cultural exhibition of various events and artworks from around Japan.

Room of Jippo

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Room of Gyosho

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Room of Souku

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Room of Seisui

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Room of Seikou

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Room of Kiyokata

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Room of Chojyou

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They bothered to number each step.

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There are some props that are way too big for the rooms…

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We last heard that the Otaku Professor was also spotted loitering at a Gundam Exhibition at Roppongi.

Find out more about The Mysterious Circumstances of an Irregular Otaku in Tokyo by following The Neo Tokyo Project and Edric on Facebook.

This article is made possible thanks to the folks over at Attn. Japan. Find out more about Japan by checking out their magazines. If you are interested in various attractions around Tokyo, Tokyo Convention & Visitor’s Facebook page has the most up to date most happening events around the city.

Event Alert: Gundam Docks at Singapore

7 May , 2015,
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Gundam Docks at Singapore - Image 1 (Photo credit © SOTSU・SUNRISE)

Photo credit © SOTSU・SUNRISE

If you’re a fan of the Gundam franchise, then you’re in for a treat.

Come June, Bandai Namco Asia and Takashima Department Store will be holding Gundam Docks at Singapore, a 4,000 sqm showcase featuring more than 200 Gundam plamo at Takashimaya Square, B2 and the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.

There will also be two 6 meter tall sculptures – Amuro Ray’s iconic RX-78-2 and Char’s Zaku (which goes three times faster) on display. These 1:3 scale statues are the centerpieces for a daily multimedia light show that will bring the dramatic conflict between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation to life.

Collectors can also expect to purchase exclusive plamo kits from more than 10 stores in the Civic Plaza, and indulge in their love for Gundam.

Admission for the exhibition is free, and the exhibition will open from 10am to 9.30pm daily. For more updates and details on the exhibition, check out www.gundamdocks.sg.

 

Game Review: Hakuoki (Mobile)

20 Dec , 2014,
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Something that caught our eyes at Anime Festival Asia (AFA) Singapore 2014 was the English port of hit Otome game Hakuoki for mobile by digital company Gloczus.

The Gloczus, Inc. booth at AFA 2014.

The Gloczus, Inc. booth at AFA 2014.

Here’s our initial impressions:

Content:

Thankfully they left the Japanese voices in the game with English subs, and this would no doubt please many fans. Whilst trying out the demo at AFA, it was impressive that they managed to keep the translation highly accurate whilst maintaining the slight subtleties in Keigo (Formal Japanese Speech).

Some words such as Ronin were left as it is and it shows the quality of the translation.

One thing we've always looked out for is grammar and syntax, and we're glad they delivered on both counts.

One thing we’ve always looked out for is grammar and syntax in a port, and we’re glad they delivered on both counts.

Performance:

Finally fans of the popular Hakuouki have an opportunity to enjoy the game in a convenient format.

The mobile format did not have any loss in performance despite being a port from the original game and we could feel the the effort from the guys in Gloczus that they managed to make the format accessible for all mobile devices without any of the lag found in other mobile games.

We could not feel any corners that were cut whilst playing the game. The large total file size of 1-2GB might keep away some fans but it is not overly ridiculously in this time and age.

It looks really good even on the small screen.

It looks really good even on the small screen.

Payment:

The game uses a microtransaction model which costs about ¥400 per chapter, or ¥2800 for all 10 chapters + 1 additional chapter.

It starts off with a free prologue for you to try out the game, which is a nice demo if you’re wondering about the translation and game quality. It’s pretty affordable considering the quality of the release and this model has been found in other mobile ports of games. However these prices are not finalized and it could be even cheaper because of market segmentation.

Release:

The release date is scheduled for December, and the game will be available in many regions including South East Asia and Europe. However due to complications with licensing, it would be unavailable to fans from the United States. The company is also planning to release the game in Traditional Chinese in Hongkong and Taiwan, with additional plans in China.

Future plans:

Depending on the performance of Hakuoki, they would like to translate the sequels of Hakuoki and other Otome games. It seems like they also would like to bring some other Visual Novels such as a PC version of Neptunia for the male audiences to enjoy.

(Images by Levin Tan)

Guest DJs and Artists announced for STGCC

12 Jun , 2014,
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Be prepared to be wowed this year, as STGCC returns with fresh content and personalities set to appeal to pop-culture fans.

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Images courtesy of: Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention 2014.

In a press release yesterday, Reed Exhibitions announced three renowned DJs from Japan – Inu, D.watt and sasakure.UK, who will be spinning the latest hits from popular Japanese games and anime at a one-of-a-kind STGCC DJ Night. Fans can expect to be wowed by a combination of anime music, Touhou, and Vocaloid riffs for sure.

Additionally, three multi-talented artists, including one of our personal favorites – Humberto Ramos, who is best known for his anime style approach to Western comics such as Marvel’s Spiderman, The Runaways and several creator owned series, Alex Solis, the father of “The Famous Chunkies” featuring oversized superheroes, and Simone Legno, the creator of the popular tokidoki brand.

STGCC 2014 will take place on the 6th and 7th of September at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands, and STGCC tickets are up for grabs now at $19 for a one-day pass and $25 for a two-day pass from selected authorised retailers.

Be sure to check out the official STGCC page for ticketing information, and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook for more updates!

The Red & Black Halloween Masquerade

14 Oct , 2013,
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We’ll be organizing a Halloween party at *SCAPE, so do join us if you’re interested!
Be sure to check out our event page on Facebook (just click on the image above)!

Cosplay, gaming and more at STGCC

25 Jul , 2013,
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Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2013 is certainly upping it’s game this year, with not one, but two awesome cosplayers.

Just this morning, it was announced that Aza, formerly known as SPCats Miyuko, will be coming to this little red dot for the first time.

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Aza as Bilgewater Katarina. Source: Aza Official Site.

According to STGCC, she’ll be cosplaying a League character at the con as well as Kotori from Love Live!, so if you’re a fan, you know just exactly which costumes to look out for.

We’ve also got wind that our friends at Namco Bandai have a treat for all Tales fans. Tales series general producer Hideo Baba will be on stage this time round, and from what we know, there’s going to be something special for those who come in Tales cosplay.

Of course, there’s also tons in store for comic and toy collectors, and even a music segment! For a full list of guests, check out the STGCC page here!

Vampy at STGCC 2013

17 Jun , 2013,
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For cosplay fans who’ve been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of this year’s cosplay guests for Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC), here’s your first bit of good news.

In a daring move, the good folks at Reed have decided to bring in Linda Le, better known as Vampy Bit Me.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that she’s an icon in the American cosplay scene, best known for her daring renditions of Psylocke, Morrigan and other awesome characters from both Eastern and Western pop-culture.

STGCC marks her first time in Singapore too (though she’s already been to other parts of Asia), and we’re excited to finally see her.

Media Release - STGCC 2013 returns to galvanise Singapore's pop culture sphere

Source: STGCC 2013 Press Release

We’re also waiting for news about STGCC’s other cosplay guests and cosplay related activities and you can be sure that we’ll keep you updated as soon as we get wind of anything too.

In the mean, be sure to check out the official STGCC website and Facebook page for more information.

Manga Festival 2013

17 Feb , 2013,
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Singapore’s inaugural Manga Festival took place over the weekend, with a series of activities that catered to the otaku palate.

Organized by key Japanese publishers, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and partners including Kinokuniya bookstore, Manga Festival saw both an exhibition of manga titles and artwork at The Arts House, as well as signings by established mangaka such as  Yaro Abe (Shinya Shokudo), Masayuki Ishikawa (Moyasimon/Tales of Agriculture) and Mine Yoshizaki (Keroro Gunso).

Crypton Future Media, Inc’s president Hiroyuki Itoh (Crypton’s the company responsible for VOCALOIDs) and THE Danny Choo were also present for a meet-and-greet and sharing session (which later included dinner with the fans at a nearby food court).

Admittedly, we found the manga exhibition kinda small. While the shelves were stocked with selected manga titles and merchandise, VOCALOID art, and there were PS Vitas and iPads around for browsing digitized manga, we’d hoped for more content.

No doubt, if the exhibition included original cover sketches, manga panels, story boards and maybe information about the publishing process in Japan, it might have made for a more wholistic activity.  We did enjoy ourselves though, and we’d definitely love to see this event happening in Singapore again.

Here are some of our photos from the event:

 

It’s time for Chess!

21 Jan , 2013,
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Singapore's Annual Cosplay Chess: Where your favorite pop-culture characters converge in an epic battle!

Singapore’s Annual Cosplay Chess: Where your favorite pop-culture characters converge in an epic battle!

It’s once again time for auditions for Singapore’s Annual Cosplay Chess, and this year, we’re pitting the forces of Science vs. Magic!

Official auditions will take place at:

Venue: *SCAPE – Hubquarters (Level 4) (formerly Grid MMS)

Date & Time: 2nd Feb (1 pm to 6 pm) and 3rd Feb (1 pm to 6 pm)

Walk-in registrations from: 12 noon

 

Audition details

1. You can register for the audition by downloading and filling in the form >> here <<. Do print out this form, complete it, and submit it to our staff on the day of your audition.

2. You may choose to audition on either 2nd Feb (Saturday) or 3rd Feb (Sunday) between 12 noon to 6 pm.

3. Costumes are NOT required for the audition. However, you are encouraged to audition with a character you have already cosplayed before, already own, or are in the midst of creating. In the event that you intend to debut a fresh costume on the chess board, you must complete your costume no later than 30th April 2013.

4. You do not need to have any prior stage experience or training to participate in Cosplay Chess. However, you WILL be assessed on your talent to act and behave in character, your stage presence and  suitability for the character. You will also be asked several questions by our directorial team to better understand your attitude and aptitude for stage performance.

5. Successful applicants will be contacted via email.

Licence2Play 2012

3 Dec , 2012,
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L2P – Official Banner Art – Replicated from L2P Facebook Page.

Come this weekend, gamers and cosplayers are in for a treat.

Licence2Play (L2P) returns in a big way from 7 to 9 December, and it’s set to break new ground with a slew of exhibitors and fresh content that will lend new meaning to the term gaming con.

For one, our fave gaming company Blizzard Entertainment‘s coming aboard in a big way this year, so expect titles like Mists of Pandaria, Diablo III, and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. There’s also a buncha fun activities happening at the Blizz booth, including a Pandaren cosplay contest with attractive cash prizes to be won (pre-register for this contest here or email to blizzardcontest@asiasoftsea.net)

Yes, loads of Blizz goodies to be had at L2P. Replicated from http://blizzard.playpark.net/

Additionally, local Blizz distro Asiasoft SEA will be launching something new and exciting (we’ve got a feeling it’s Cabal 2 and RO2, so Ragnarok Online fans, rejoice) at L2P too, so that’s pretty damned awesome. They’ve even got a countdown site here!

The game plan, or floor plan. We’ll probably be hanging ’round the Blizzard booth a lot! XD

Naturally, what’s a gaming con without gaming competitions? Visitors can expect plenty of competitive gaming action in the Starhub sponsored Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) Tournament, as well as other games such as DOTA2, World of Shooters, Streetfighter, and even TCG Cardfight! Vanguard.

Of course, we’re gonna be there for the cosplay. Licence2Play Cosgames, the competition that Crimson clinched the West Champion title in the year before is back, and we’re putting Crimson’s Tyrael and Angelus’s Syndra on stage this time.

We hear that there’s gonna be stiff competition this year, with lots of great gaming cosplayers in kickass costumes, so we hope you can visit the con on both Saturday and Sunday to support and vote for us! ^^;;

Crimson’s L2P competition costume. :3

Angelus’s Syndra cosplay from League of Legends. XD

If you’re a fan of celeb cosplayers Asahi Martha and Ginga Ion, L2P is also a great opportunity to meet with ’em.

Martha has been cosplaying since 2006 and has been featured inthe international photobook “Summer Time”. She also recently performed at the 2012 World Cosplay Summit Cure Cosplayers Collection and the Collection night at the Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Ginga Ion is a veteran cosplayer who is part of the all-girls cosplay performance group Venas Sisters, and has also performed at various big-name ACG events throughout Japan such as the “Be-Bit” and “Cure Cosplay Collection Night at Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Ginga Ion – Replicated from L2P official website.

Asahi Martha – Replicated from L2P official site.

We hear they’re guest judging the competition too, so we’re definitely gonna have our work cut out for us. ^^;;

The team’s definitely looking forward to L2P, and we hope you are too!

Here are the event details in a nutshell:

Licence2Play 2012

Date: 7 to 9 December 2012

Time: 11 am to 9 pm daily

Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Center Hall E

Ticketing: $5 at the door. Early bird tickets ($2) are available here.