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Listening to Senbonzakura with Miku

No GravatarHardcore Hatsune Miku fanboys and fangirls feel loneliness no more because the great and benevolent makers of… well essentially a waifu app with Miku, released a translation of their popular game unto the English market. But before spending your hard earned $3.99 on this app you must be asking yourselves is it any good?

Tutorial begining screen

Essentially the app claims it will allow you to “enjoy music more with Miku” and I say they’ve delivered pretty well on that promise. This is not a gaming app and has limited interactivity, so I only recommend this to hardcore Vocaloid fans. I shall explain it in greater detail after the pretty pictures.

End of tutorial screen

Forever and ever and ever…..

Listening to Senbonzakura with Miku

Just listening to Senbonzakura while Miku jams along makes this app worth every penny.

Essentially this is another type of music player. You pick what songs you want to listen to and when you press play you can get to listen to your favorite songs with Miku. Now let’s make it clear she doesn’t dance or sing along, she moves to the rhythm with some head bopping and other stuff to break the routine. The element that makes this app more than just a buddy to listen to music with is the interaction element.

You interact with Miku by gaining points you get from listening to music with her. When you spend a point you can ask her a question, get asked a question, and if you’re lucky get a high five. What’s truly a shame is some of the questions are repeated over and over again to the point you answer or ask other stuff out of boredom, she’s lucky all her reactions are cute.

Interesting answers

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The Engrish isn’t strong with this translation, but it is present. The game is also riddled with glitches I randomly happen to stumble upon and definitely needs some fixing here and there. My main pet peeve is the bar with the time and battery life is present on top unlike other apps, and the game has a clock so it isn’t like I need it.

Item to collect: smartphone

At least she’s rich enough to get me nice things ^_^

Glitch

The best part of this game though is the items she gives you when you fill the interaction bubble. It’s always interesting to see what the latest item she gave me is and I’m looking forward to getting every single one of them.

It’s a nice simple app to keep you company. Play too long with it and you will be bored, so just use it to fill in those calm moments when you listen to music to add flavor to your daily routine. If you need some more fanservice, there are 3 additional outfit and head sets, although I don’t think they’re worth their cost ($3.99 same as the game). You can get the game on iTunes now!

By otakuman5000 On 7 Jun, 2013 At 01:09 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F

Sega of America announced a coming US release of its popular PS3 Japanese rhythm game, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F.  Hatsune Miku is Japan’s most popular vocaloid – a digital singer – and has a sizable following in the West, and is the star of one of Sega’s most popular franchises in Japan.
“In short, it was your voices, as fans, that helped make this happen,” said Aaron Webber, Sega of America’s brand manager, on Sony’s official PlayStation blog. Sega’s decision to release Project Diva in the West was made after Sega asked Hatsune Miku fans to show their support on Facebook, receiving 25,000 likes and 15,000 shares in a three-day span.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F will feature 38 unique songs, including Black*Rock Shooter, and the ability to customize the vocaloid’s appearance and share videos over PSN.   Furthermore, the game will receive both a physical retail release and a digital release via PSN.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F will be released in the US for PS3 in August.  A playable demo will be available for download on PSN on June 11th.

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 30 Oct, 2012 At 09:21 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Toys and Merchandise | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHey kids! It’s October again! You know what this means?

Time for another round of degrading, horrifyingly terrible Halloween costumes. In other words the stuff the nightmares of cosplayers everywhere. These costumes are so terrible, their aim doesn’t even have to be to scare you to strike terror into your heart and leave you in a corner of your room in the fetal position. Whether it’s a blatant ripoff of one of your beloved characters, another repulsive “sexy” costume, or a failed attempt at originality, these costumes are all around us. This is just a personal account of what costumes I’ve found lying around the Internet, waiting for October to come out of the shadows and haunt the living.

Zombie Unicorn

Have you ever wondered what an attempt at taking the overrated unicorn and unifying it with the zombie genre would look like? Definitely not awesome. Scary. But not in the way that was aimed for.

Zombie unicorn dress plus headgear combo

KILL IT WITH FIRE!

This entire costume aims to punch MLP fans in the stomach by making a rainbow colored outfit, high heels, fishnet leggings, and a unicorn headband enough to classify as a unicorn. Also, it is a sad reminder to people who like zombies that apparently, anything with blood on it can become a zombie. If in the future there are costumes like “Zombie Armchair” you can blame it on monstrosities like this.

What makes me madder though is this.

Same outfit minus blood

It’s the exact same outfit! The only difference is there’s no blood and the makeup’s a bit different, which makes me imagine this happened after they shot this photo for the costume catalogue.

Director: Drats! We ran out of costume ideas and we only need one more.

Intern: I know! Let’s take this costume and…. put blood on it and stuff and it’ll be a zombie unicorn!

Director: Not bad, what with all these kids into zombies and horses nowadays it’ll be perfect! Fetch some of the leftover blood bottles from the other zombie shoots!

Just, no one should go to a zombie walk in that outfit…… or anywhere.

 

Fruit “Costumes”

The one thing that extremely bothers me about Halloween is the entire dress + quirky add ons = costume mumbo jumbo. This just takes something boring and manages to create another “sexy” costume. Like the next time a guy looks at the phallus shaped banana they’ll think of a hot chick.

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This becomes sadder once you realize those outfits cost more than $50 each.

 

Job Costumes (including sexy ones I’d rather not put up)

 

Yes, I feel a need to address the work attire costume industry head on. Because:

  1. Some of those jobs are everywhere to be seen. They probably feel insulted people are wearing their “uniform” as a costume.
  2. Some of them don’t even dress like that (sexy teachers for example).
  3. They’re not original or interesting in any way. They just aren’t.

 

Digital Diva

Now I saved this one for last because it’s one of those ripoffs so insulting, you have to take a step back and reflect on your life a little bit. Alas I present to you “Digital Diva.”

Fake Miku

Capitalism at its finest!

Mmmmmh, that sure doesn’t resemble anything I’m familiar with.

Real Hatsune Miku

Actually you know what, yes, it completely does. And it’s a complete insult.

I know countless cosplayers who spend loads of money or a lot of time and effort to get an exact copy of the real outfit Hatsune Miku wears, and not only that one, but variations, alternates, video game, and live performance replicas. So dwindling all this down to a mini skirt, blouse, ties, leggings, boots, and arm warmers which is nothing like what her original outfit is, is a slap to the face.

I encourage costume companies to stop making horrible ripoffs like these and give credit to the original source of inspiration by making licensed costumes, before more people suffer because of these eyesores.

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 6 May, 2012 At 04:33 AM | Categorized As Toys and Merchandise | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarWelcome to the second installment of Go Figures Friday, today I have a nice assortment of figures too beautiful to resist.

Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 1/8 Scale Kururugi Suzaku Knight of Zero

Code Geass action figures never cease to amaze me. This one was such a beauty I shed a manly tear.

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Suzaku as the Knight of Zero. Quite pricey but completely worth it. You can just feel the wind blowing through his robe and the dark mood that envelops him as the show comes to its end. You can also remove the robe to show more of his powerful skinny frame. I’m getting him right after buying Lelouch in his emperor outfit, they totally complement each other.

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I love the attention paid to details.

Makers: Alpha Omega  Average online price: $111.85

Bakuman Eiji Niizuma Nendoroid

 

Antagonist from a manga about…. well, drawing manga (from the makers of Death Note), Eiji is a rival manga artist. With extra legs and hands as well as three changeable faces, he’s an adorable addition to anyone’s collection.

Makers: Phat Company  Average online price: $56.65

Traveling Mood Hatsune Miku

Yep, another Vocaloid figure. There are so many of those I feel sorry for whoever aims to collect them all. This one in particular is based off the song “Traveling Mood” and the image in its original video. A beautiful figure which captures the airy feeling of impending adventure that life brings at times, it really stands out from other Miku figures.

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Makers: Kaiyodo  Average online price: $60.15

Chess Pieces Collection R One Piece Volume 1

One Piece’s rise in popularity seems to have resulted in a spawn of new figurines, and this new line of them only compliments it.

They’re all the characters after several years apart. There are six in total. Luffy, Chopper, Usopp, Sanji, Zoro, and Nami. Sorry Brook, Franky, and Robin fans. My only dissapointment is they’re random assortment boxes, so good luck guessing which you’re going to get or enjoy paying extra for them just so you don’t buy the same one twice (I hate it with a burning passion).

Makers: Bandai  Average online price: $9.49