News Roundup for April 23rd, 2014

Give Papico a Squeeze

Pocky is for plebs. Papico is the treat for the true anime club connoisseur. One pack contains two squeeze tubes of frozen sherbet in either white sour of chocolate coffee flavors and now maker Glico is offering more options to meet a variety of personal tastes. In their search for a new mascot girl to decorate the package they want you to choose your favorite from the top three illustrations submitted by Pixiv users. My money's on the one in the middle for how the artist incorporated the linked cuffs of the bottle into the front closure bra, but don't listen to me! Go with the one that satisfies your palette.

Official homepage: http://www.glico-ice.jp/papico/

Hatsune Miku Get a Tan

What happens to a Vocaloid when you put it in a waffle iron? The same thing that happens to everything else! As in, they turn golden-brown with a soft fluffy center. Starting April 25th COSPA Asia's Chara-yaki snack shack in Makuhari Shintoshi and the GEE! Store Osaka Annex will be offering an assortment of baked Vocaloid treats with dipping sauces. Buy a bag and hear them sing all the way into the pit of your stomach.

Official homepage: http://flairtrust.co.jp/charayaki/ 

VRMMORPG Online Rankings

Feast your eyes on the mother of all Internet message board polls! The Sword Art Online Awards are open for fans to cast their votes across 12 categories including favorite episode, character, monster, fight scene, equipment and more! Get your guild together to stuff the ballot box before it closes in May 19th.

Official homeage: http://www.swordart-online.net/SAOA/ 

Ain't Nothin' But A G Thang

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Capcom's free-range farming simulation by updating your shoddy copy of Monster Hunter 4 to Monster Hunter 4G. The latest iteration is marked by new jump attacks, the return of classic beasts including Cephadrome, Daimyo Hermitaur and Diablos as well as a feature to carry over most of your previous save data. Japanese players and importers can start the hunt early this fall while the English-speaking world will be stuck sharpening their swords until early 2015.

Official homepage: http://www.capcom.co.jp/monsterhunter/4G/ 

PERMISSION TO RE-MIX GRANTED

Calling all anime music video creators: How would you like the chance to cash in on your hobby? The Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet production committee is asking you to re-cut your own trailer and are providing clips from over 1200 scenes along with background music and the opening theme song. You can even splice in your own animation or live-action footage! If you want a shot at the 300,000 prize, post your submission to Nico Nico Douga by July 11th and look for the results at Wonder Festival on July 27th.

Official homepage: http://ch.nicovideo.jp/gargantia-contest

Stay Golden

Meet the moe version of Kickstarter. The website Cross Crowd Funding is exactly what it says in the title--a platform to support crowd-funded projects with a focus on anime and manga goods. Their service has already given us delicious Unbreakable Machine-Doll and Tokyo Ravens pillow covers, and now they're upping the ante with a bed sheet spread of the main heroines of Golden Time. 100 pre-orders is all that's standing between you and fun in the sun!

Official homepage: http://cf.xonline.jp/project/20/