Japanese News Roundup for the Week
I was busy last week, but that only means we have more j-news on this one to tell! Yes, a TON of them!
FUNIMATION WILL STREAM BEN-TO ANIME EPISODES IN AMERICA
The wait is over, Funimation adquired the rights to stream SEGA fanboy’s favorite anime: Ben-To in America, the episodes will be available this Tuesday, February 11th over here. If you are a SEGA Saturn fanboy this anime is a must for you, it is like a SEGA fighting game turned an anime series, there’s a SEGA reference in every single episode, and the 3 main characters are always up for a match on Virtua Fighter 2. Visit the Ben-To anime official site here to get all the SEGA Saturn and food references.
Ben-To is a series of light novels originally published on Shueisha’s Super Dash & Go, the story is about a SEGA otaku named You Satou who learns the fighting way of the wolves, a school club that fights for food (Ben-Tos) at convenience stores. Every fighter has a “nom de guerre” that makes them unique, including Sato’s mentor “the Ice Witch” and his Cousin, Shaga aka “the Beauty by the Lake”, which happens to be the must funny and my favorite character in the series. You can also get the digital novels over here.
FIGHTING CLIMAX GETS MORE CHARACTERS
Dengeki Bunko x SEGA upcoming arcade game, Fighiting Climax, will get more characters. Tomoka Minato from Ro-Kyu-Bu! will be a new playable character, while Hinata Hakamada, Koko Kaga from Golden Time, Kino from Kino’s Journey, Mashiro Shiina from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, and Erio Towa from Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko are added as a whole bunch for support characters. We hope more SEGA characters rather than VF’s Akira or the Sonic, Valkirya Chonicles, and Sakura Taisen Stages get announced soon. The game is currently on spotlight at SEGA’s booth at JAEPO. [via Dengeki Online]
BAYONETTA: BLOODY FATE RELEASE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Get ready for a bloody Bayonetta Valentine day this week because Bloody Fate anime movie will be released on February 14th, aside from being able to buy it on Amazon Japan for $69 usd, there will be also movie screenings with the director and some members from the movie cast on selected Japanese Theaters. You can also pay a visit to the official site right here.
S.S.T. BAND RELEASES A LIVE DVD
Former Sega’s official in-house band from 1988 to 1993, S.S.T. Band (short for Sega Sound Team and Super Sonic Team), specializing in rock versions of soundtracks of Sega’s arcade games, released a new DVD live album, which just went sold out in 4 hours since it was posted on Amazon Japan, luckily it has been restocked now, so go ahead and buy yours before it gets out of stock again right here!
The band also gave an interview to Dengeki Online in which they talked about how they reunited, recorded a new take on the SEGA Rally song and are planning to make a new version for the “QUARTET” arcade theme, how they started to become a band, and why SEGA has been a big influence for them. You can read the full interview right here.
If you wish to get some of the awesome albums the S.S.T.Band has out there, you can check which ones Amazon Japan has for sale or you can always request their songs at Radio SEGA. Wonder if Radio SEGA will be adquiring this live DVD so we can request songs from this wonderful release?
PUYO PUYO 3DS AND 3DS XL
Happy for the recent Puyo Puyo Tetris release? How about buying the Puyo Puyo cases and figures to decorate your 3DS XL and 3DS. Hurry up to the SEGA Ebten store and get yours before they sell out!
DEMON TRIBE GETS A VERSION 2.0
Demon Tribe will cease service in America on March 31 (bumer! we finally get a new game from JSR producers for free and it wasn’t backed up by users, shame on you people!) but it will get a better and upgraded 2.0 version on Japan. New version will be easier to play and will feature new battle evolved system, a new clan mode co-op mode, more demon decks, new stages and more cinematics.
Shining Force Cross OST is now avaible on iTunes you can Buy it here. Were you lucky enough to attend SEGA’s Booth at JAEPO we told you about the arcade lineup last week? Try to grab some amazing SEGA swag they are giving there! We also made a full report about the SEGA figures currently at Wonder festival Winter 2014 and the other Takara Tomy SEGA Toys, check them out here.
There is a new Shenmue T-Shirt in town, find out how to buy it and order it directly from Japan to your country!
PSO 2 : EPISODE 2 BOX ART
Not much to say, we are miserable over here because we still don’t have it, and we aren’t allowed to use Japanese servers to be part of the fun time. Still, we can look at the pretty box art… right? right?… The box art was made by PSO regular illustrator Mamoru Nagano. Delux version comes with a special package of ingame goodies.
PROJECT DIVA F 2ND GETS DELAYED
Hatsune Miku’s Project Diva F 2nd new release date will be March 27th due to some development fixes. The game will also have a Hatsune Miku experience tour across certain locations at Japan, and producer Hiroshi Utsumi revealed on a Game Watch Impress Interview the game is being localized for a worldwide release. In the meantime enjoy the following pictures with the latest gameplay video and the “Decorator” opening.[via Game Watch Impress]