News Roundup for January 10th, 2014

Snow Miku Campaign Warms Up Winter


The Sapporo Snow Festival is an annual event that transforms the city into a winter wonderland full of ice sculptures--and since 2010, Hatsune Miku has been part of the magic! This year's event runs from February 5th to 11th and will feature a live performance by the digital songstress as well as a new Snow Miku nendoroid.  


The convenience store chain Family Mart is kicking off the festivities early on January 14th with a sweet potato and custard-filled cream puff adorned with Mamama-type Snow Miku on the package. As much as I hate the winter cold, so long as it blows in treats like this, I say let it snow!

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Clubbing From the Couch

Want to chat up a cabaret girl but don't want to fork over armloads of cash? Dream Club Gogo can turn your fantasy into a virtual reality. The latest in a series of dating sims makes you a patron at a hostess club with the goal of making your mark fall in love with you. Normally gal-games require you to min-max ambiguous stats such studying, sports and home ec, but the key to taking home a girl from Dream Club is balancing your snack to blood alcohol level ratio--just like real life!

Check out the eight hostesses perform the theme song Kocchi ni Oide Yo! Go Go in the new trailer so you're ready to move in on your favorite when the PS3 title drops on April 3rd.

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Kan-musume, Salute Your Commanders!


Staff details for the upcoming KanColle anime have been revealed, and it's shaping up to be one hell of a crew! Keizou Kusakawa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) will take the helm as director while Jukki Hanada (ChuunibyōuDemo Koi ga Shitai!, Love Live!) will man the war room on series construction duties. Between KanColle, JoJo and Mushishi, this spring is looking to be a decisive victory for anime.

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SAO Game Bursting with Action

A new batch of screenshots from the upcoming PlayStation Vita title Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment show off the battle system. Normally combat is automated, but you have a BURST gauge that allows you to manually time attacks for greater damage--for the enemy and also for yourself if you get caught in a counterattack! The BURST gauge is also used to dash side-to-side or back-and-forth to dodge attacks and get behind the enemy.

The game supports up to four players at once, and each player has an NPC partner that you may switch between in real time during combat. Master the “Real Time Communication Battle” function for longer combos and more damage. Your quest will take to you the undiscovered inner reaches of Ironclad, a floating castle with 100 floors, so you'll need every advantage you can get when the game is released on April 24th.


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About Time, Meatball Head!


Soldiers of love and justice wondering about the lack of info on the supposed winter release of the new Sailor Moon anime finally got their answer today. The show is still slated to air in multiple languages on Niconico, just not as early as we expected. Toei has officially stated that the show has been delayed and won't hit the small screen until July. But hey, we've waited over 20 years for another dose of Usagi-chan and the gang, what's a few more months?