Vanguard Princess, a doujin fighting game created by ex-Capcom programmer and illustrator Tomoaki Sugeno, was published and distributed in English by eigoMANGA for the United States and Europe earlier this year in February on PC and in April for OnLive. Since then, there has been almost to little news about when the announced Xbox 360 and possible PS3 version was going to arrive.
Over the past few months, Anime Toshokan's founder "Mikuru//X" has been in close contact with Japanese doujin game publisher "Nyu-Media" and their CEO "Seon King (known as Genkipetton on the Nyu-Media forums)" on various topics.....mostly about future game licenses and potential game requests. These talks ranged from various games such as "Heart of Crown PC" and various fighting games like "Eternal Fighter Zero ~Memorial~", "Big Bang Beat Revolve", and even "Akatasuki Blitztankpf".
Not much news is to come out of this but it's exciting news for fans of "The IDOLM@STER" franchise. It turns out Namco Bandai has filed for the trademark '3rd Vision'. If you remember way back when the franchise hit the Xbox 360, they used "2nd Vision" all the way up to recent IDOLM@STER games of today.
Fans of the old anime classic "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon" were ecstatic to learn that their favorite sailor scouts were due to return for a reboot of the original anime series this year. They were later treated to good news that the airing time frame of this series was to be around the Summer this year. Well.....it turns out those fans wont be watching their favorite sailor scouts "fighting evil by moonlight" at the original time frame they thought.
It has been a long month of voting for all of the people who donated to the Skullgirls Indiegogo campaign which allowed those individuals to vote on who they want to become the third DLC character implemented into the game. At the the end of the day, the votes were tallied and the decision has been made......say hello to "Eliza", the newest addition to the Skullgirls character roster.
With so much hype following around the Playstation 4, there has been little news in regards to when Microsoft would unveil it's next generation console to the public. Yesterday, that time has come and we now have a date as to when the next Xbox will be shown to the public (hopefully....unless they go the same route like Sony and just talk about it rather than showing it).
It wasn't much of a surprise since last month as to what Kyoto Animation's new series was going to be, especially since they showed that "Swimming" trailer that caused a lot of commotion from loyal KyoAni fans who fancy their moeblod series like "K-On!" or was expecting something more serious like a continuation of "Full Metal Panic".
For years, gamers and fans outside of Japan of the idol raising fanchise "The IDOLM@STER" have been waiting for years for the series to make a NA / EU appearance since it's rebirth and debut on the Xbox 360 back on January 25, 2007. A little bit of hope for these fans came recently when it was found that Namco Bandai aquired the trademark for the IDOLM@STER name in the US and fans were happy to know that the games were finally going to be released in english for the first time. Today marks the first ever release of the IDOLM@STER series in the US.....but not as the fans would have hoped for.
In the last 3 weeks since the end of the Skullgirls Indiegogo donation drive, donators have been running to the voting poll to select the characters they want most to see be put into Lab Zero's game for the first of two mystery DLC characters.
It's a sad day yet again in the world of anime & manga. As of April 4, 2013, author Noboru Yamaguchi - creator of the popular Zero no Tsukaima series - passed away after a long two year battle with cancer. Yamaguchi passed away at the age of 41.
I think it's time I end this event of haitus and actually do something productive with Anime Toshokan. If you all may or may not have known, Mikuru//X is a long-time staff member of AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta) and the sole person responsible for the doujin & non-mainstream game lineup at the convention every year.