New Tamagotchi Will Add New Marriage and Child-Rearing Functions
12.October.2018 | ANIME&GAME
The newest entry to the Tamagotchi handheld pet series will be released in Japan on November 23, 2018 at toy shops, electronic shops and elsewhere across Japan including online.
Tamagotchi are a defining aspect of the 1990s and 2000s in Japan. They were first released in Japan in 1996 and the rest of the world in 1997 where they also became a huge hit. To date, more than 82 million devices have been sold worldwide.
Now, it has been announced that the new “Tamagotchi Meets” will be released for people to play whenever and wherever they want.
The Tamagotchi Meets adds much more to the fun of the original Tamagotchi whereby users must raise their own digital pets. The functions which allow for communication with users has been expanded greatly. If you have your pet marry they can have a child with the same gene as their parents which you can raise.
The Tamagotchi will go through three stages: infancy, a rebellious age and puberty before eventually growing into an adult where they reach the friend stage. If two Tamagotchi marry they will have a baby together. During the baby’s infancy they will take on their parent’s colour. In the rebellious age they will take on other physical elements of their parents including their heads, tails, wings and so on. When they reach the friend stage their face and bodies will grow to look exactly like their parents.
The Tamagotchi may inherit lots of traits from their fathers from infancy to puberty, but when they reach adulthood they may look like their mothers. Characteristics will also be passed down the family line and the Tamagotchi children may take on elements of their ancestors or look like their grandparents. Also, even though they may be born from their parents, some Tamagotchi’s appearances will differ depending on how you raise them. There are many combinations and influences that will affect what kind of Tamagotchi you will get, so you can look forward to raising and communicating with all different kinds.
Tamagotchi Meets also introduces Bluetooth® to the series for the very first time so you link it with the Tamagotchi communication app releasing in November.
Tamagotchi Meets App
Launching: November 2018
Compatible OS: iOS10.0 and above / Android 6.0
Release Date: November 23, 2018
Types: 2 (3 colours each)
“Fairy Tale Meets” Version – Pink, Blue, Yellow
“Magical Meets” Version – Purple, Pink, Green
Available: At toy shops, electronic stores, online and elsewhere in Japan
Detective Conan Skateboard Game Announced for Nintendo Switch™ Release
04.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Detective Conan Skateboard Run: Kaito Kid and the Mysterious Treasure is the first ever Detective Conan game for the Nintendo Switch™ set to arrive on the Nintendo eShop sometime in April 2019.
A 3D skating action game, the title will coincide with the release of the newest Detective Conan film The Fist of Blue Sapphire hitting Japanese cinemas on April 12, 2019.
Play as Conan and jump on an engine-equipped skateboard to high jump, do tricks and shoot soccer.
The game is set in an enormous theme park built by Sonoko Suzuki’s grandfather Jirokichi Suzuki. There are three areas and 30 stages to enjoy.
During the gameplay Kaito Kid will make a sudden appearance and try to knock Conan off his skateboard with giant balls, cards and other gimmicks.
Conan’s comrades will make an appearance to give him support through 10 different skills.
Minami Takayama and Kappei Yamaguchi will lend their voices for Conan and Kaito Kid respectively.
Jump on your board and stop Kaito Kid from his antics!
Detective Conan Skateboard Run: Kaito Kid and the Mysterious Treasure
Release Date: April 2019 (Subject to change without notice)
Price: ¥3,500 (Tax Included) <Download Edition>
Official Website: https://conanrun.tms-game.com
Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire
Release Date: April 12, 2019
Official Website: https://www.conan-movie.jp/
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Eevee Pokémon Tamagotchi to be Released by Bandai
23.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME
Bandai have announced they will release two Tamagotchi centred on Eevee from the Pokémon franchise on January 26, 2019. They will be available at major toy shops, department stores and electronic stores in Japan.
Sized at an adorable 4cm in diameter, owners can look forward to raising their very own Eevee. This Pokémon is known by fans for its many elemental evolutions obtainable through various methods throughout the games. For example, when given a Thunder Stone it will evolve into Jolteon, or when levelled up near an Ice Rock it will evolve into Glaceon.
The same goes for your Tamagotchi Eevee. By feeding it, brushing it and through other activities after hatching from its egg you can transform Eevee into one of 8 possible evolutions. Eevee will also show different expressions and behaviours depending on how you treat it. Look after it lots and it will be happy, but ignore it and it will grow timid.
Catch your own Eevee-inspired Tamagotchi and raise it into your favourite evolution!
Eevee x Tamagotchi
Release Date: January 26, 2019
Available: At toy shops, department stores, electronic stores and online in Japan
Price: ¥2,484 (Tax Included)
Tamagotchi Official Website: http://tamatv.com/
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Capcom Officially Announces Mega Man Live-Action Movie
07.October.2018 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese video game developer and publisher Capcom have officially announced the first-ever Hollywood live-action adaptation of the internationally acclaimed game franchise Mega Man.
Mega Man, known as Rockman in Japan, first arrived on the gaming scene in 1987 for the NES. Since then the game has spawned countless sequels and spin-offs with the entire series selling over 32 million copies (as of June 2018).
Even 30 years on, the franchise continues to be lauded and enjoy popularity with everyone from the younger generation and hardcore gamers for the character’s iconic looks the tight gameplay.
As well as games, the series has given rise to merchandise, comics, an anime series and movie and more. The latest game in the main series Mega Man 11 was just released worldwide on October 2 and in Japan on October 4.
The live-action adaptation will be produced by Chernin Entertainment (Planet of the Apes series) along with Japanese-American actor Masi Oka (Heroes), directed and written by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (Paranormal Activity 3 and 4) and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Mega Man (Tentative Title)
Release Date: TBA
Mega Man 11
Platforms: PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Worldwide – October 2, 2018
Asia – October 3, 2018
Japan – October 4, 2018
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We have covered in the past how popular squishies are in Harajuku, but squishies are about to be taken to the next level.
The new Mocchiri Pet Mocchi Maruzu was released on September 27 which is an electronic toy that combines the same material that squishies are made of.
Mocchi Maruzu is a cute new hamster character. He’s a digital pet made from that same satisfying squishy material and has a liquid-crystal display on his belly which features an app where he will talk to you as well as mini games.
This unique toy changes the whole way liquid-crystal display games work. Instead of regular old electronic toy buttons you instead push Maruzu’s round and squishy cheeks. This will make your pet hamster appear on the screen who you will interact with in various ways.
Maruzu can eat food, enjoys being squished, and can be raised from a baby into an adult hamster with 16 different traits. If you play with him he’ll soften up to you, but if you don’t he’ll become frightened so be careful.
Coins can be collected in the mini games which can be spent on decorating Maruzu’s bedroom. It’s equipped with 12 different apps and games to be enjoyed.
Satisfy your squishy needs by raising your very own digital Mocchi Maruzu!
Mocchiri Pet Mocchi Maruzu
Release Date: September 27, 2018
Price: ¥5,980 Each (Pre-Tax)
Available: At toy shops, electronic shops and elsewhere in Japan
Product Page: www.segatoys.co.jp/mocchi
New ‘Tales’ Game Concept Trailer Features Original Music by Yasutaka Nakata
A concept trailer for the newest entry to the Tales video game franchise entitled Tales of Crestoria has been released and features original music by Yasutaka Nakata.
The Tales franchise is a series of fantasy role-playing video games developed by Bandai Namco that has shipped 16 million copies worldwide. The series first dropped in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia and since then has been sold in over 100 countries and regions.
Tales of Crestoria is a new game for smartphone. A concept teaser trailer and website have officially been made public.
The video is a thrilling collaboration with music producer Yasutaka Nakata that teases the start of a new adventure with an original protagonist.
Another version of the concept trailer was also released featuring the same scenes but from the protagonist’s perspective. The ‘Another Version’ video is displayed vertically but can be viewed in full screen by accessing the official website via your smartphone.
More information on the new title will be revealed via the series’ Twitter page and LINE account, so be sure to keep up to date.
Valkyria Chronicles 4: Play Two Chapters in Demo Launching via Nintendo eShop on September 13 – Save Progress Transferable
09.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME
SEGA have announced that they will release a new playable demo of Valkyria Chronicles 4 on the Nintendo eShop on September 13, 2018. Save data on the demo will be transferable to the main game which is launching worldwide on Nintendo Switch™ on September 27, 2018.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a hand-drawn tactical role-playing game developed and published by SEGA with character designs by Raita Honjou, music composition by Hitoshi Sakimoto and the main theme song sung by Mai Kuraki.
The game has taken the series’ iconic CANVAS engine that makes use of gorgeous watercolours and has made it even more detailed. It also features a fully recalibrated BLiTZ battle system to bring even larger and more engaging battlefields to players.
The new playable demo lets players complete the game up to chapter 2 of the main story. Progress will be transferable to the main game upon its release. Those who do transfer w ill receive an item to boost the status of their units.
Players who manage to complete the demo can challenge themselves to an extra mission for even more fun.
Dragon Ball Super Themed Escape Game to Take Place in 8 Cities Across Japan
Escape game creators SCRAP have teamed up with Dragon Ball to bring fans a new collaborative event titled Chikyujin Shometsu Kara no Choudasshutsu (‘Escape From Earthling Annihilation’). The event will take place in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Miyagi, Aichi, Fukuoka, Osaka, Okayama and Hokkaido until December 31, 2018.
Escape From Earthling Annihilation – Plot
The peace of the earth was snatched away in an instant.
The evil emperor Frieza suddenly appeared on the planet.
His goal: to acquire perpetual youth and longevity with the Dragon Balls and annihilate earth.
Goku―the planet’s last resort―his powers too were taken by the Frieza Force.
For him to gain his strength back, he must gather all of the Dragon Balls before Frieza.
You must help Goku locate the Dragon Balls scattered around town and help maintain earth’s peace!
An online campaign is also being held in Japanese for participants of the event. You need to post a photo taken of yourself at the event on social media with the relevant hashtag along with your wish. One random person will be selected to have their wish granted. You can write whatever you like in Japanese, such as ○○がほしい (‘I want…’), ○○に会いたい (‘I want to meet…’), ○○を体験したい (‘I want to experience…’) etc.
Experience Dragon Ball for real as you read in the manga by collecting the Dragon Balls and having your wish granted!
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS in Shinjuku Announces New Game for November 1
26.August.2018 | SPOT
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS is a hugely popular theme park that opened in Kabukicho, Shinuku in 2017. Hailing as the world’s first and Japan’s biggest theme park centered on puzzle-solving, it is packed every day with men and women of all ages, both Japanese and foreign.
The park has announced ‘volume 2’ of its Projection Table Game which is titled ‘Aru Mahou Toshokan no Kimyou na Zukan.’ The official English title has yet to be revealed.
Projection Table Game is an interactive game and event that makes use of projection mapping where players have to solve puzzles and riddles.
The story take places in a magical school, where you, a learned user of magic, must capture a magical beast that has escaped from a picture book to save the school from calamity. You must co-ordinate your way through the world of the picture book where the beast that ‘once lived’ prowls.
‘Volume 1’ of the Projection Table Game titled ‘Secret Base Lab’ will end at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS on October 28, so if you haven’t had the chance to experience it yet then you’d best get in quick!
Goku, Frieza, Luffy & Other Popular Characters Turn Into Rubik’s Cubes!
Charaction CUBE is a new Rubik’s Cube series that is releasing its first line of character themed puzzles at the end of September.
These huge-headed 3D puzzles celebrate a list of popular series including Dragon Ball Super, Mobile Suit Gundam, Naruto and more.
They are 85mm tall and are split into seven different moving parts. They maintain the same level of fun as the classic Rubik’s Cubes. You can enjoy them as puzzles and also as collector’s items.
They are developed by Megahouse who are responsible for selling the Rubik’s Cube series of puzzles in Japan. Megahouse plans to ship them outside JApan in the future with Asia as its first overseas customers. The designs were created by character designer Ryo Taniguchi.
These make a perfect gift for puzzle and/or anime lovers out these. Pick your favourite character and challenge yourself!
FLOW’s New Song ‘Break it down’ to Feature as Theme Song for New Naruto Game
FLOW will release their new double A-side single Neiro / Break it down on August 29. It has been announced that Break it down will be used as the theme song for the PC browser game Naruto x Boruto Borutical Generations.
The song is described as the biggest hard rock song the band has produced to date. It marks the seventh track they have provided for the Naruto franchise, the previous of which have been cemented as classic in the minds of anime fans and are known for their music quality.
Full details regarding the game have yet to be announced, but it is described as a large-scale shinobi battle RPG. It will be free to play and accessible through Yahoo! Game.
Additionally, the other song on the single Neiro is being used as the main theme song for the ongoing Japanese drama series Sachiiro no One Room which began airing in July.
FLOW will hold a mini live show on the Laqua Garden Stage at Tokyo Dome City on September 1 to promote the new single. Those who purchase the CD will get to high-five the band and they will receive a signed sticker.
Take Part in the 2018-2019 Tokyo Metro Riddle Solving Game
A riddle-solving game that will have you solving puzzles throughout Tokyo and heading for the goal will take place from October 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.
The event will take you around numerous places in Tokyo including Tokyo Metro stations. You will be given a 24-hour ticket and a riddle-solving kit to actually go around Tokyo to solve the puzzles. This marks the 5th time the event has taken place. More than 190,000 people have participated in the previous four games.
The theme this year is ‘travel.’ A new system is being incorporated that lets you pick a travel destination according to your style and taste. The event will also be available in English, meaning foreign tourists and travellers can get in on the fun and take advantage of Tokyo Metro to enjoy a different kind of Tokyo sightseeing experience.
Discover a new kind of Tokyo at this year’s Chikanazo e no Shoutaijo.
Shogi Rucksack Now Available for Pre-Order at Village Vanguard
22.July.2018 | FASHION
Village Vanguard is now taking pre-orders for their shogi backpacks.
Shogi is often referred to as ‘Japanese chess.’ Japan is currently undergoing a shogi boom. The anime series March Comes in Like a Lion, which finished airing in March this year, follows the story of Rei Kiriyama, a 17-year-old professional shogi player. The two-season series became a hit in Japan and overseas, even getting a live action adaptation.
Sota Fujii is a 15-year-old high school student in Japan who made headlines for becoming the youngest person to achieve professional status as ranked by the Japan Shogi Association. He is currently ranked 7-dan.
Thanks to anime fans and budding young shogi players, the scene is gaining much attention with males and females of all ages. Now they can express their love for the game by wearing this backpack.
The bag comes with a pouch reading Oushou (王将), or ‘King,’ one of the shogi pieces. You can stow away all of your shogi pieces inside for easy access if a new opponent appears.
The bag is also perfect for mirushou, a rapidly growing population of shogi fans who like to watch shogi games but don’t play and don’t necessarily know the rules.
The bag can be used for carrying bigger items too, whether they’re related to shogi or not. They’re great for day-trips, overnight stays or as a souvenir from Japan!
If you’re a fan of shogi or know someone who is, then look no further for a present than this!