Set to launch this week in Japan, much anticipated Vita game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment has been confirmed as getting a US release in the summer, answering the prayers of western SAO fans – though unfortunately at the cost of being a digital-only release.
The news, unexpected though welcome, marks one of the rare occasions a game spin-off of a late night anime has been promptly localised – although traditionally these titles have not been all that popular even in Japan, and fewer still have actually been any good.
The game will likely become a welcome distraction for fans unable to withstand the wait for Sword Art Online’s second season due in July – pre-orders for the English version of Hollow Fragment are already open.
Original Source: SankakuComplex
Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine revealed on Thursday that Yūki will be a playable character in the upcoming Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment game. The seventh volume of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series introduced Yūki as the sword-wielding leader of the Sleeping Knights, a guild of terminally ill patients playing the ALfheim Online game for rehabilitation and treatment purposes. She is also known as the "Absolute Sword."
The fourth full promotional video, clocking in at over six minutes, also debuted on Thursday. Kirito (as voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) introduces the world and game system. Along with Yūki, will include characters Asuna (Haruka Tomatsu), Lisbeth (Ayahi Takagaki), Silica (Rina Hidaka), Yui (Kanae Itō), Leafa (Ayana Taketatsu), Shinon (Miyuki Sawashiro), Strea (Sachika Misawa), Sachi (Saori Hayami), Kibaou (Tomokazu Seki), and Argo (Shiori Izawa). A new, original character named Philia (Yui Ishikawa) will play an integral part in the game's plot.During gameplay, players explore cities in Aincrad and can pick up new friends and party members for their adventures. Kirito can also deepen his relationship with his partners by hanging out with them in the cities, going out on dates, or holding hands. In the game's special "adventure mode," players have the option to create their own characters and play with up to eight other people online to go on quests in the Hollow Area.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will ship for the PlayStation Vita on April 24. The first limited edition of the game will bundle a "Dengeki NerveGear Vol. 2" booklet that will also include fan illustrations with the theme "slave of Aincrad." The game's 9,980-yen (US$100) limited first edition will include a box with exclusive artwork by original novel illustrator abec, a soundtrack CD, a product code to unlock a special in-game outfit, a special contents Blu-ray Disc, mini clear posters, and special package and cases. The standard edition will retail for 6,170 yen (about US$62).
Namco Bandai Games released the earlier Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment game for the PlayStation Portable.
The May 2014 issue of Shueisha's Jump X (Kai), which is published in Japan today on April 10, announced a live-action adaptation film of Tetsuya Tsutsui's crime suspense manga Yokokuhan is in the works. In France, the manga is published as Prophecy by Ki-oon. It was serialized in the magazine from 2011 to 2013 and has been compiled to three tankobon volumes. A spin-off manga series titledYokokuhan-The Copycat illustrated by Fumio Obata with the story by Tsutsui also starts in the May 2014 issue. The cast and release schedule of the film will be announced in the upcoming issues of the magazine.
The manga tells the battle between the anti-cybercrime section of the Metropolitan Police Department and an Internet terrorist group called "Shimbunshi" (newspaper). The members wearing newspaper masks on their heads announce various crimes beforehand on a video sharing site named YOURTUBE,
then put them into practice under the name of punishments. Most of the victims are the people who had
a slip of the tongue on SNS. What's the true purpose of the group?
Today Nintendo had another streaming Direct, if you don't know what this is, Nintendo showcases what they have lined up in the future. Today's direct was centered toward Super Smash Bros for the Wii U and the 3DS. If you were unable to catch it or don't have time to watch it later, here are the announcements and highlights.
- Releases times are Summer For the 3DS version and Winter For the Wii U version this year.
- Boss Characters will be on the battlefields
- Online Multiplayer will feature both Casual and Competitive modes
- A new Ranking System called Global Smash Power will be in effect
- New Items and Trophies were announced
- Master Balls will be part of those new items and will have Rare and Legendary Pokemon
- Characters that could change mid battle will no longer have that happen, this means that Samus/Zero Suit Samus and Zelda/Shiek will be 2 different playable characters
- Custom Movesets will be a feature for the competitive crowd
- 3DS had a new game mode called Smash Run, its a competitive online mode that has 2- 4 players spending 5 minutes in a large space collecting Bonuses, then after that 5 minutes, the battle starts with all the bonuses you collected, boosting your characters stats.
- New Characters announced:
Yoshi will be returning with a slightly new look.
Charizard has entered the battle by himself, no trainer attached.
Greninja leaps into the fight, this is the final evolved form of the starter Pokemon, Froakie from Pokemon X and Y.
There were plenty of other announcements so i recommend watching the direct. You can see it below.
- Gregg Dietz (@ChubRockGeek)
With Captain America: the Winter Soldier out in theaters, it's safe to say that Marvel Studios has been taking the world by storm. But on April 2, two days prior, a new Marvel based anime series premiered in Japan with hopes of capturing the 6-12 male demographic. What, you may ask, is going to set this chapter of the Marvel universe apart from the animated series that came before it?
Simple. Turn the Avengers into Digimon-esque collectibles and plug in a shonen flavored "Gotta Catch'em All" plot.
In this strange take on the Marvel Universe, Stark Industries has developed a capsule disk system to use against the various supervillians the Avengers and company have faced throughout their lifetimes. Loki, however, gains control of this new system and uses it to capture our heroes, leaving the fate of the world in the hands of five youths with the inexplicable power to synchronize and summon their chosen Avenger.
Like I said, Avengers meets Digimon.
This isn't the first time Toei, the producers of Disk Wars, have created a completely different take on the Marvel Universe to sell toys to kids. After all, this is the same company who in 1978 made Spider-Man into a tokusatsu hero with his own giant robot, which would become the basis of Super Sentai giant robots that we all know as Megazords today.
Yep, that happened too.
While it's doubtful that this take on the Marvel Universe will ever make it stateside, only time will tell if this will bring more youngsters into the Marvel fandom. Longtime Marvel fans are skeptical at best, but only Japan knows how their audience ticks. Perhaps its crazy premise will make it a cult hit the same way the Japanese Spider-Man is now.