News Roundup for October 29th, 2014

Plastic Tear Ducts Don't Rust

Plastic Memories Anime

I can't remember what I was going to write about Plastic Memories, the upcoming anime project from Steins;Gate author Naotaka Hayashi and Infinite Stratos character designer okiura. It's marketed as a tragic love story that revolves around an android girl with animation from Doga Kobo--what else do you need to know?

Official homepage: http://www.plastic-memories.jp/

Tom Hanks as Tuxedo Mask

Sailor Moon chocolate

My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what version of your future daughter you're gonna get." Momma was a big fan of Sailor Moon. She would have loved these ARTism CHOCO that tell the story of the Black Moon and Pegasus arcs. You want a chocolate? We got rasberry sauce, almond praline, round ones, square ones...

Official homepage: http://p-bandai.jp/candytoy/item-1000093999/?rt=pr

The Future of Cloud Funding

Final Fantasy VII G Bike

Square-Enix has gone on record saying that a Final Fantasy VII HD remake is off the table, but that doesn't mean they can't mine its mini-games. Final Fantasy VII G-Bike is a smartphone port of the Gold Saucer arcade game where Cloud cleans up the mean streets of Midgar on the back of a motorcycle. If the in-game purchases turn a profit, maybe they'll give us a remake of the super-fun snowboarding game next!

Official homepage: https://form3.square-enix.com/a.p/203/

Moe Knows Best

Moe natto

What has a slimy texture, sticky threads of goo and smells like a hangover? Natto, Japan's favorite health food that it loves to avoid! Well, open up and say "ah" because Kamui Kitano, Hokkaido's virtual mascot, is ready to feed you a mouthful of fermented soybeans whether you like it or not.

Image source: https://twitter.com/kamuihbcradio/media

Quick, Before It Runs Away!

Speaking of slime, Japan is getting a metal slime edition PlayStation 4 on December 11th. But as any seasoned explorer knows, the metal slime is resilient against physical attacks and magic so how did they forge a game machine out of one? Watch this video of a master blacksmith and his students for the answer. (Spoiler: Spam Frizz and Crackle.)

Official homepage: http://www.jp.playstation.com/ps4/

Gangsters go Straight

A turf war over a closet-sized lot. An assassination hit gone wrong. And girls, girls, girls! The prequel Yakuza 0 takes place seven years before the mainline games during the economic bubble, a time when everything had a price and no price was too high for a gangster. Start your letter writing campaign now and maybe Sega will consider localizing it for the March 12th release.

Official homepage: http://ryu-ga-gotoku.com/zero/