Story Game Series POLARIS to Get Second Installment ‘Inside Blue’ in Summer 2022
27.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
POLARIS, the story game label started by NOMEETS, will get a second installment titled ‘Inside Blue’ this summer. Preorders will open at Spring Game Market 2022 on April 23 and April 24, 2022.
POLARIS is a story game label launched in the winter of 2021. Players become characters in the story, sometimes cooperating and sometimes betraying each other to arrive at their own unique endings. An incredibly immersive experience, the first work ‘RED LINE’ sold 400 units at Winter Game Market 2021, gaining tons of positive reviews. The title has over 300 different endings and a unique design like no other title before.
The second title ‘Inside Blue’ follows a group of high school students trying to solve a summer murder mystery in a small town. This is a massive change from ‘RED LINE,’ which was set in a world filled with humans and vampires in conflict. By interacting with townspeople, attending summer festivals, and enjoying vacation, how will you solve this bizarre and terrifying mystery?
POLARIS-02: Inside Blue
Price: ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Release Date: Summer 2022
Total Play Time: Around 150 minutes
Number of Players: 5 (No Gamemaster required)
Official Site: https://polaris.game
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Performs Theme Song for RPG Dark Tales ~Mirror and Mad Princess~
18.April.2023 | ANIME&GAME
The smartphone game Dark Tales ~Mirror and Mad Princess~ was officially released on April 11, and the popular singer and talent Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed the theme song for the title.
The dark RPG tells a tale of the loss of childlike innocence and was pre-downloaded over 1 million times. The theme song, Magical Mirror, was written and composed by Yasutaka Nakata.
Fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on this mysterious mobile title!
RPG Dark Tales ~Mirror and Mad Princess~
Japanese Indie Game Label Yokaze to Hold Exhibition at Taipei Game Show
27.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese indie game label Yokaze will exhibit many anticipated upcoming titles at the 2023 Taipei Game Show. The event will be held in Taiwan from February 2 until February 5, 2023.
ghostpia’s visuals mix warm, delicate art that would be fit for an illustrated children’s book with glitch and noise effects, for a strangely nostalgic visual novel vibe. The story takes place in a snowy town where immortal “ghosts” live. When Sayoko, a girl who doesn’t belong, meets Yoru, a newcomer to town, her world begins to change. Her thoughts begin to drift outside of the town, and certain events bring her back to a lost friendship. Filled with mystery and a bit of violence, this title is being touted as a movie you can read on PC.
Release Date: 2023
Platform: Nintendo Switch™/Steam, etc.
Recolit is a pixel art mystery adventure game where players explore a strange town by following trails of light. After your spaceship crash lands in a mysterious place, you’ll have to help the residents of the town as you explore and progress through the story.
Developer: Image Labo
Release Date: 2023
Platform: Steam/itch.io (Others planned)
Kitsune: The Journey of Adashino
Kitsune: The Journey of Adashino is a 3D adventure game set in a mysterious version of Japan. One day, a fox girl and her frog friend find themselves on a mysterious island shrouded by darkness but for a few floating lights. Torii gates, food stall lanterns, and neon signs give light and color to the island. Something is lurking in the shadows, inching ever closer. Kitsune can use light to temporarily blind these demons, giving her enough time to find safe routes and hiding places. Be sure to enjoy this curious tale when it releases in the future!
Release Date: TBD
Platform: Nintendo Switch™/Steam (Others planned)
Taipei Game Show 2023
Running: February 2 – February 5, 2023
Exhibitor Name: Yokaze
Booth Number: S-24
Official Site: https://tgs.tca.org.tw/index_2c_e.php
Japanese Card Game SCOUT Nominated for German Game of the Year Award
09.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The card game SCOUT, designed by Kei Kajino and developed overseas by Oink Games, was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres Award in Germany on May 23, 2022. The yearly award is given to a card or board game and is known as the highest honor in the world of tabletop games. This is the second time in seven years that a Japanese-designed game has been nominated.
The Spiel des Jahres Award has been given out each year since 1979. There are three categories: Game of the Year, Kids’ Game of the Year, and Complex Game of the Year. Three board or card games are nominated from among those released in Germany in the previous year, and one is awarded the grand prize. The last Japanese game to be nominated was Machi Koro, a board game that has become extremely popular among Western audiences. The grand prize winner will be announced on July 16.
What is SCOUT?
You have suddenly been appointed as the leader of a circus. Using the members of your circus you must put together a show that will beat out your rivals. Everyone on your team has a specific role. To fill in the gaps on your team, try to scout members away from other circus groups! With the addition of just one extra person you may set off an incredible chain reaction that helps you create a show that no other circus will be able to surpass. Will you battle with your current members? Or will you wait it out and try to recruit different ones?
You will feel amazing when you make the right choices in this speedy card game!
A new version has just been released for players purchasing the game from outside of Japan. In Japan, the original version was released by One More Game.
Designer: Kei Kajino
SCOUT! – Original Version
SCOUT! – International Version
Theme Song for Initial D The Arcade Arcade Finally Hits Streaming Services
30.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Initial D The Arcade is the tenth game in the Initial D series. Released in February 2021, one particular song from the title has struck a chord with fans. After a long wait, SCRAMBLE EYES by MOTSU vs A-One, has finally been released on streaming services starting May 25!
SCRAMBLE EYES is a fast-paced track blended with sharp vocals and engaging rap. The speedy song is perfect for Initial D, bringing to mind being behind the wheel and driving at top speed. Fans have called the song addictive, and even those who aren’t a fan of the game have been applauding the track across social media.
MOTSU and A-One have both provided comments following the song’s release.
The name SCRAMBLE EYES was inspired by the bright headlights plowing through the darkness during a particular stage in Initial D The Arcade.
I’d be so happy if the listeners could get the same tingling sensation I felt when I met A-One for the first time.
I’m so thankful to be able to create music for Initial D, a series that brought me so much joy as a child.
And collaborating with MOTSU? I absolutely adore him, so I put all of my energy into this track.
If you work hard and don’t back down, your dreams will come true.
But one of my dreams hasn’t come true yet–playing this song live!
MOTSU, let’s do it someday!
Please enjoy this track and really feel the speed and excitement as you race towards your goals!
In 2023, an anime adaptation of MF Ghost, the sequel to Initial D, is scheduled to premiere. The series takes place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are normal Japan, and focuses on Kanata Livington, a Japanese driver who goes back to Japan after graduating at the top of his class at a racing school in England.
SCRAMBLE EYES – MOTSU vs A-One
Streaming Date: May 25, 2022
Streaming LInks: https://avex.lnk.to/MvsA
Initial D The Arcade Official Site: https://initiald.sega.jp/inidac/
MOTSU Official Site: https://avex.jp/motsu/
A-One Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AoneJPN
Touhou Project and One Night Werewolf Collaboration Items Now Available
22.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
ARMA BIANCA, an online store specializing in original goods, is now taking orders for limited-time collaboration items between Touhou Project and One Night Werewolf!
One Night Werewolf Collaboration – Pixel Art Ver.
Preorder Purchase Bonus
Preorder Purchase Bonus
Preorder Purchase Bonus
One Night Werewolf is a card game where players take on the role of a Villager, a Werewolf, or a number of special characters with unique abilities. The goal is to figure out who the Werewolves are and to kill at least one in order to win!
The Touhou characters featured in the collaboration include Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Cirno, Youmu Konpaku, Sakuya Izayoi, Satori Komeiji, Koishi Komeiji, Remilia Scarlet, Flandre Scarlet, and Kagerou Imaizumi.
Touhou Project x One Night Werewolf
Where to Order: ARMA BIANCA
Preorders open until June 20, 2022
Azur Lane Celebrating 4th Anniversary with New Apparel Collection by ZOZOTOWN
03.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
To commemorate the 4th anniversary of the popular smartphone game Azur Lane, the fashion shopping site ZOZOTOWN has launched a limited apparel collaboration exclusive on their website. The Azur Lane Black Collection will be available until March 18, 2022.
Azur Lane is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up RPG set in an alternate timeline of World War II. Using cute female characters based on warships to battle, the game is popular with players of all ages.
Items at a Glance
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Hoodie
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane T-shirt
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Acrylic Stand
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Character Blanket
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Tapestry
Bonus – Original Pin
Lottery Prize: Super Large 50cm Acrylic Stand (Not for Sale)
The Azur Lane Black Collection features seven popular characters from the game–Friedrich der Große, Vittorio Veneto, Belfast, Bremerton, Atago, Ajax, and Unicorn. The illustrations were provided by Modare, Yatsuha, and Rag Miwano and were created exclusively for the collection. In addition to apparel, fans can also pick up acrylic stands, blankets, tapestries, and more.
For every item purchased, customers will receive one original pin. A large acrylic stand will be given away to seven lucky winners, so good luck!
Azur Lane Black Collection by ZOZOTOWN
Available until March 18, 2022 at 11:59
How to Order: https://zozo.jp/search/?p_gtagid=1328113
Rag Miwano: https://twitter.com/rag_ragko
Official Site: https://www.azurlane.jp/
Live Puzzle Game, ‘The Little Wizard and Monsters,’ to be Held in Cosplay City Matsudo
22.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Ready to put your thinking caps on? Gather your best friends and head to Matsudo City in Chiba (about 40 minutes from Tokyo Station) for the real puzzle-solving game ‘The Little Wizard and Monsters ~Enter the Costume Contest, ya hear?~, taking place from December 4, 2021, until March 27, 2022. During the event, guests will have to search for clues in the area around Yabashira Station on the Shin Keisei Line, as well as the 21st Century Forest and Square Park.
The 21st Century Forest and Square Park and Yabashira Station are both very familiar to those in their 20s and 30s who love pop culture, and this event was planned in the hopes that people would learn more about the area. While attempting to solve the puzzle, guests will find plenty of very Instagrammable spots and locations perfect for cherry blossom viewing as well!
Live Puzzle Game ‘Little Wizard and Monsters’ ~Enter the Costume Contest, ya hear?~
Running: December 4, 2021 – March 27, 2022
*Closed Mondays and During New Years Holiday (December 29 – January 3)
Free to Enter
Official Site: https://nazotoki-plus.com/
Identity V x Death Note Crossover Launches
06.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME
NetEase’s multiplayer horror game Identity V is currently holding a crossover event with the anime series Death Note. Running until June 27, fans of the series can look forward to seeing some familiar faces in thrilling mind battles.
Death Note is a manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata which was serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2003-2006. The manga has over 30 million copies in circulation. Its anime adaptation aired from 2006-2007. The story tells of a notebook called the Death Note where if you write someone’s name in it they die. It is one of the most well-known series both in Japan and overseas. One of the aspects of the series that draws people in most are the mind battles between its two intellectual protagonists; Light Yagami and L.
Ryuk is a Shinigami, or Death God, and is the one who drops his Death Note into the human world which is eventually found by the protagonist Light Yagami. He did this on on purpose because he was bored one day and wanted to see what would happen if a human had a Death Note. In the game, he will pursue the Survivors.
Light Yagami, the protagonist of Death Note, finds the notebook one day and after discovering its secrets, decides to rid the world of criminals and people he deems villains under the guise of Kira. He will try to escape the Hunters in the game.
L is the second main character of Death Note. Known as the world’s greatest detective, he is tasked with trying to discover why so many people are dying randomly in Japan and who this mysterious Kira is. He will fight against the Hunters.
Misa Amane is a fashion model and supporter of Kira. She also has her own Death Note and eventually becomes the Second Kira. In the game she will take on the role of an engineer and use her skills to make changes to the Manor.
A range of accessories, character actions, furniture, and more themed on Death Note are also rolling out as part of the crossover. Items include apples which are Ryuk’s favourite, Misa’s Death Note, Light’s pen, L’s handcuffs, and more.
Discover all kinds of mysterious during the event
The game is littered with mysterious to be discover and solved. Players can complete daily sign-ins to receive rewards such as Crossover Essence, collecting clues with L by participating in matches, and much more.
Identity V x Death Note Collaboration Event
Running: May 27, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Identity V Official Website: https://www.identityv.jp/2021/dnidv/en/
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Releases More Snoopy Merchandise as Part of SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project
11.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
As part of the second SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project taking place at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUSーthe world’s first puzzle-themed theme parkーthe Shinjuku-based theme indoor theme park has its third batch of original and exclusive merchandise which is comprised of 8 new pieces.
This will be the final batch of merchandise made for the project, featuring illustrations of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and other characters from Peanuts and themed around the puzzle game.
Puzzle Origami: ¥1,000
7 of the 8 origami designs come with their own puzzle. When you make your own Snoopy and Charlie Brown, the puzzle is completed too.
Puzzle Mirror: ¥1,000
Puzzle Folders: ¥900 Each
Puzzle Handkerchief: ¥1,200
The merchandise line-up sold at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS is available to people not participating in the event too. The first two batches of merchandise are also available via the online SCRAP GOODS SHOP.
An English version of the second puzzle game, officially titled “Snoopy and the Secret Recipe,” was released at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS on June 11 so that English speakers can enjoy the event too.
© 2020 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
SCRAP x SNOOPY Puzzle Game Project
Event Page: https://mysterycircus.jp/snoopy/en/
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS
Address: APM Bldg., 1-27-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30-23:00 / Weekends & Holidays 09:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Price: Free Entry (*Separate tickets required for games)
TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS x Snoopy Official Website: https://mysterycircus.jp/snoopy/en/
Anime Crossover Mobile Game Dengeki Bunko: Crossing Void Releases Worldwide
06.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME
Dengeki Bunko: Crossing Void is a turn-based RPG developed in collaboration by 91Act and SEGA. On November 5, 2019, the game service was made available in 24 countries worldwide across Europe, America, India, Oceania, and elsewhere.
Dengeki Bunko: Crossing Void is based on the 2D fighting game Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition, which was released on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, and PlayStation®Vita in 2015. The game features a roster of characters from Dengeki Bunko’s multitude of light novel series.
The game was published in mainland China last August by Tencent and in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao last December by Net Publishing. It was also published in South Korea and 11 other southeast Asian countries by G-Mei, an umbrella company of 37Games, in April of this year. Together with the 24 new countries added on Tuesday, the game is now available in 40 countries and regions worldwide.
If you are a fan of titles such as Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, and Shakugan no Shana, and have yet to experience the world of Dengeki Bunko: Crossing Void, you are in for an immersive treat.
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Dengeki Bunko: Crossing Void
Genre: Turn-based RPG
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Price: Free (Additional items available for purchase)
Developed by: 91Act / SEGA
Available: North America, Canada, Brazil, Iceland, Ireland, UK, Italy, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Portugal, Belgium, Russia, India, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, South Africa
Official Website: https://crossingvoid.91act.com/
Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW
05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
The TOKYO GAME SHOW is in a league of its own. It is a mecca for gamers who cannot get enough of Japanese games and entertainment. This is where Japan’s major game publishers from all kinds of platforms unite to put on an enormous exhibition.
This includes the opportunity to explore games that are yet to be released as well as hear new announcements about the direction developers are steering the future of gaming. There’s no lagging behind. This is a major event for the gaming industry, raking in leagues of heroes every year.
On August 28, a total of 2,417 game booths were announced, which is the largest number the event has ever seen in its history. This event is home to games on a range of platforms including for console, smartphone and PC. The enormous variety of genres includes the most cutting-edge and latest trends including Esports, VR and much more.
For those of you who love cosplay, this event is your chance to finally meet your fantasy. The outside area of Hall 9 will have a Cosplaying Area Stage where two events will take place: a cosplay fashion show and a gathering.
On Saturday 14th, Hall 1 event stage will hold the Cosplay Collection Night@2019 event where participants and event staff will take over the stage in game character cosplay. Spectating is free, so feel free to watch as each cosplayer dominates the entire stage, showing off their excellent craftsmanship and skills as they walk the runway and strike a pose definitely worth saving in your highlights!
On Sunday 15th at 2:30 pm, cosplayers will take to the stage in units of two or more to put on a dance or combat show that you just cannot critically miss out on.
September 14 (Sat) From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway
September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway
The Gathering is where cosplayers can interact with one another and have photos taken ー the perfect opportunity to send those friend requests. On September 14, a gathering dedicated to the Final Fantasy Tales Series will take place on the Cosplay Area Stage. On September 15, there will be gatherings for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.
September 14 13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering 14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering
September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering
More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out.
There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!
TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019
Business Days*: September 12 & 13, 2019 (10:00~17:00)
*Business Days are open to industry and press only.
Public Entry*: September 14 & 15, 2019 (10:00~17:00)
*Doors may open at 9:30 am according to conditions on the day.
Venue: Makuhari Messe (Mihama Ward, Chiba)
Exhibition Halls 1-11/ Event Hall/ International Conference Hall
Entry Fee: Advanced tickets: ￥1,500 (after tax)
On The Door: ￥2,000 (after tax)
Those under Elementary School age can enter for free (public entry days only)
Official Website: https://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2019/en/
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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