Tuesday, 18 November 2014

100 Posts on Otaku Style and a New URL

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We've reached our 100th post recently, but there are bigger reasons to celebrate!

Otaku Style will actually be changing its name and getting a new URL which will end in .com!

I'm a little paranoid to say what the URL will be, as I haven't bought it yet and I'm scared that someone could still snatch it away from me~

In any case, the new site will be much easier to navigate, and we'll gradually add more types of content! As you've probably seen, we're no longer only posting otaku reviews, but now we are posting otaku news as well. We will be posting more of that, but we'll continue posting reviews as well.

We will also be posting about other topics, such as Japanese culture and language, and sometimes we'll even post about non-Japanese things which can still be considered otaku, such as western games.

If you have any ideas or opinions of things you'd like added, feel free to comment about them!

For now, we'll continue posting on Otaku Style until we're ready to work on the new site!

Monday, 17 November 2014

News: A Silent Voice Manga to Receive Anime Adaption

Also known as Koe no Katachi in Japan, A Silent Voice is a manga by Yoshitoki Oima that has been running since August 2013. With the final chapter being published on Wednesday this week, there will be seven completed volumes of manga.

The story focuses on a boy named Shouya Ishida who teased one of his classmates as a child. He managed to get the entire class to tease Shouko Nishimiya, and the reason was because she was deaf. The bullying got so bad that she had to transfer schools, which resulted in the class turning to Shouya and bullying him instead. Several years later, Shouya acknowledges his terrible behaviour and sets on a path to make up for his actions, starting by finding Shouko again.

The title is a romance/drama and it's aimed at a shounen audience.

The manga has been confirmed to receive an anime adaption in the future.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Game Review: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd

To the next stage, Hatsune Miku!


PRODUCTION INFO

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is the fifth main game to appear on a home system (besides the PSVita version of Project Diva f) in the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva series. The games are created by Sega and Crypton Future Media, which is the company that created Vocaloid and Hatsune Miku. The first game was released for the PSP July 2nd, 2009. Since then, there've been many sequels and spin-offs, including Project Mirai for the Nintendo 3DS. Project Diva F 2nd was released March 27th, 2014 in Japan, and will be released on November 18th in North America and November 21st in Europe. It has and will be released for both PS3 and PSVita.

GAMEPLAY

The gameplay is much like that in Project Diva F, only now there are two new button combinations. As a recap, and for those who've never played Project Diva, the very first game for PSP only had you press the △〇▢✕ buttons. The next game to come out for PSP introduced arrow buttons, which you press at the same time as its corresponding △〇▢✕ button. The third PSP game didn't change this, but the fourth home system Project Diva game, Project Diva F, which was the first game to be released outside of Japan, came out for the PSVita and PS3. A new symbol appeared: stars. When you see a star, you flick either analogue stick in any direction.


Saturday, 15 November 2014

News: Madhouse to Animate Etrian Odyssey Untold II Opening

Etrian Odyssey is a dungeon-crawler RPG franchise made by Atlus, which currently consists of four titles, and two recent remakes of the first two games.

The first three games were released on Nintendo DS, and the fourth on 3DS. The newer remakes are 3DS versions of the original DS games. So far only one remake has been released, and it's of the first game.

Etrian Odyssey Untold II: The Knight of Fafnir is a remake of Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard.

The new remake will be released January 28th, 2015 in Japan for around ¥5,980. It is not yet known when it will be released outside of Japan, but we do know that the new game will have a new opening scene animated by the famous anime studio Madhouse.

Additionally, the original soundtrack for the remake will go on sale November 27th, 2014 for around ¥3,200.

Friday, 14 November 2014

News: New Anime Announced: Beyond the Sky, into the Firmament

Also known as Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm in Japan, Beyond the Sky, into the Firmament is an adult visual novel. It will be released in Japan on November 28 by the company Sprite, who are also known for creating Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate.

Even though the game hasn't been released yet, it's already been confirmed for a future anime release.

The story is about a boy who participates in what's known as "Flying Circus". It's a sport that involves flying with a type of airborne sneaker. However, the protagonist faces a crushing defeat and since avoids anything to do with Flying Circus. It's only when he meets a transfer student in his school, Asuka Kurashina, that he begins to regain interest and confidence in Flying Circus.

The genres will include science fiction, sports, and romance!

Anime Review: No Game No Life

Being a couple of genius siblings must be so boring in our world... so let's take them to another world where they can make use of their intelligence!


PRODUCTION INFO

No Game No Life began as a Japanese light novel series in April 2012, and is still currently ongoing at 6 volumes. It is both written and illustrated by Yuu Kamiya, and it's published by Media Factory in Japan and Yen Press in English. It got its own manga series beginning in January 2013, which is also currently ongoing at 1 volume, and it was adapted into an anime which aired during the spring 2014 anime season. It was animated by studio Madhouse and directed by Atsuko Ishizuka. It ended at 12 episodes, plus 6 specials released on DVD and Blu-ray.

SUMMARY

This story begins in a modern age, and follows the perspective of Blank. Blank is a character who appears in online games, one after the other, conquering the PVP and besting the other players. Without any name entered for "his" character, "he" became known as Blank. As it turns out, Blank is actually played by two people; a brother and sister whose true names are Sora and Shiro. Someone discovers Blank's secret identity and challenges them to a digital game of chess. They accept, but soon find themselves in another dimension where they must play and win games in order to survive. Perhaps the tense situation will finally put an end to Blank's virtual reign, or perhaps Blank will gain more power now that they can utilise their skills in the world around them. Also, who exactly is the mysterious person who brought them to this place?


Thursday, 13 November 2014

News: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Merchandise for Preorder

Sword Art Online has become a hugely popular title since its light novel debut in Japan, and since the anime first aired, it's become popular overseas as well. The franchise is now looking to make several video games, one of which called Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, which is already available worldwide for the PSVita.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is the sequel to the game Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment which was released for the PSP and PSVita, however, only the PSVita version went international.

Even though this game title has been released since April in Japan and summer worldwide, we are only now getting the option to preorder merchandise.

Currently available for reservation are clear file folders and towels, but much more is to come!