Nov 202013

This past Friday, Pony Canyon streamed the first promotional video for the upcoming anime adaptation of Nitroplus’s Super Sonico mascot. The anime, titled SoniAni -Super Sonico the Animation-, will be animated by studio WHITE FOX (Tears to Tiara, Katanagatari, Steins;Gate, Jormungand season one and two, Hataraku Maou-sama).  The anime will air January 2014.

Super Sonico is credited with playing herself in the lead role and performing the opening theme song, “Beat Goes On!” (this theme will be her label debut). In the anime, Sonico is already a photoshoot model, game character, and a musician (being part of the girl band “Fastest Speed in Space”), even as she studies as a college student.

Sonico has inspired her own line of games (the PC visual novel SoniComi, the PS3 port More! SoniComi set to be released March 2014, and the 3DS game SoniPro set to be released sometime Winter 2014), figures, and merchandise. She is also set to appear in Namco Bandai’s SRPG Super Heroine Chronicle for the PS3 and Vita, which will be released February 2014.

[via: ANN]

Jun 112012

On Sunday, the official website of Georide, DIGITURBO’s music label that releases the music from Nitroplus titles, confirmed on Sunday that its producer Shingo Minamino had passed away after being attacked on the street in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi district. Minamino worked on the music of Kanako Itou and Super Sonico, to name a few. Minamino was visiting Osaka to manage Sunday evening’s “Georide 5th Anniversary Special Tour 2012” live concert event at the Osaka Muse hall near the location of the stabbing.

At about 1:00 p.m., a female passerby made an emergency phone call about a stabbing in Shinsaibashi. The police arrived on the scene and discovered a man and a woman bleeding. The suspect had attacked the man (Minamino) first, then attacked a woman in her 60s about 30 meters (about 100 feet) away, and then returned to the male victim to stab him again. The two victims were taken to a hospital, but both succumbed to their wounds.

The police arrested a 36-year-old unemployed man that they identified as Kyōzō Isohi with no fixed address. According to the police, the suspect said he did not know the two victims. He reportedly said that he was thinking of committing suicide, but would kill someone with a knife he purchased near the scene of the crime and thus be executed. According to a source in the investigation, the suspect added that anyone would have sufficed as his intended victim.

This is very sad news indeed. Mikatan’s blog (the official blog of Good Smile Company) even made reference to this incident. RIP Minamino-san. Our resident Nitroplus fan Laevatein will especially miss you.

[via: ANN]

Dec 052011

I can assure you, this is not a trippy show about space and gears.

“It’s me, I found out a few months back that Steins;Gate is an adaptation of a massively popular (in Japan at least) visual novel by Nitroplus and 5pb. that was originally released for the 360, and then ported to all sorts of consoles, such as the PC and PSP. It got an anime in the spring, but despite being overshadowed by Tiger and Bunny and Ano Hana whatever, the Blu Ray discs are still selling well. Being in the same set of games as Chaos;Head, I didn’t have high hopes for this series. But as you can see from the list of twelve best shows of 2011, you might already know how I roughly feel about Steins;Gate. That being said, stay tuned for my detailed analysis of the Steins;Gate show. El Psy Congroo.”

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Nov 212011












Ok guys I have a thing for collecting figures.  I also have a thing for dark skinned elves.  So what’s my natural reaction when a dark skinned elf figure is released? Must buy! To the left is Arshes Nei (made by Orchid Seed) from the (still) on-going manga Bastard!! and to the right is Sandaime Muramasa (made by Max Factory) from the visual novel Full Metal Daemon Muramasa by Nitroplus.  I currently own Arshes Nei, and I have Sandime Muramasa on pre-order (she will be releasesd in March 2012). Continue reading »

Nov 142011

Blah blah blah, this isn't represen-- oh wait, it's only just missing mecha.

So I know it hasn’t been long at all, but here I return with another mecha visual novel, Demonbane! Now I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that most of you only know Demonbane through powerlevel discussions (if at all). “OMG, Demonbane is the most powerful thing ever made!” “It can beat anything in half a second without even moving a joint!” etc. And I can’t deny any of this. The franchise has some seriously overpowered things. But guess what? That’s not what makes Demonbane great. What truly makes it great is that it’s a wacky, over the top adventure reminiscent of super robot shows of old complete with an interesting (and thematic!) plot and great character interactions.

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Oct 312011

It totally looks like Rurouni Kensin: the VN, doesn't it?

Well, now that we’re done with the epic Muv Luv series, it’s time to relax with a nice, short VN. What better short VN to read than one of Nitro+’s? While it is rather enjoyable, inconclusive endings and extremely weird fight structure stops Hanachirasu from being great.

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