ohhhh yeaahhh! FINALLY because the Wotome Graph was delayed, i finally got my AJ package which was supposed to arrive last month. Next month i'll have sort of another Hisayuki attack w/ very a VERY OLD order (QB Reina book that i 'pre'ordered over a 1 year and half or so ago, BEFORE anybody knew about it ;)...yeeeahhh, i'm arrogant in that sense :P ^^). So yeah, the pack includes Wotome graph which was released yesterday in JPN (yay for fast but expensive shipping, took them 1 day instead of the usual 2 ^_^), My-Otome vol.9 (finally done another series, not counting the OVAs) and Queen's Blade Elina/Erina drawn by Hisayuki Hirokazu.
For those who want to get the skinny on the details of the graph book, i posted about it in the suki forums. my direct quote "For those who want to know, the book is 80 pages. It contains 9 new artworks of characters from the series as shown on the website now. It also has the collection of old artworks from previous mags (seen in the musuem section of the official site). It then proceeds to show you meister (except Tomoe)/character shots of 20 charas from the show. Most of which are from Hisayuki's site. Then there's a character relation chart, followed by setting/background info and screencaps/summaries of the omakes on the dvd. There's also the usual pages of merchandise and interview/commentary. The calendar is small and basically uses the same spread artwork in the book. Worth the pickup? for sure depending on how die hard you are like i am as it's nice to have hisayuki's art on real printed paper."
Here's some sample shots:
I'm not gonna post any Elina shots, as one can easily find the scans on the internet that was posted a month ago.
The offical ZHiME site updated today (new screenshots from Zwei) w/ the new cover, more details on the LE (cd, commentary, fig, illustration, the usual you could say) and the some samples of the artwork in the Graph book.
The Dendoh site also updated today w/ more short story synops (ep.29-33), another edition of C-Drive comic update and another sweet 'inner jacket gallery' by Hisayuki once again. Man, I've been so wanting to get this! some R3 (or R1, but that'll take forever to be released) company NEEDS to pick this up and release and a decent price NOW!
In gaming news:
new Famitsu DOAX2 scans - i don't know who to credit first, JF or Xboxyde? :P The HQ TGS trailer was released a couple of days ago and is available on Xbox Live i believe.
Some interesting articles regarding the PS3 from Joystiq:
"The PS3 economy"
"PS3 ads still peddling potentials"
"Misprint: Someone tell Wal-Mart the PS3 costs at least $500"
and not from Joystiq but IGN, talks about the PSP and PS3 connectivity. What's of interest is the software update like the PSP's firmware and the small talk of the region-free "There are exceptions, however, so SCE does not make guarantees about operation". Exceptions? WTF? let's hope this 'exception' are movies as the article didn't clarify that. Anyways, i see the PS3 being so hacked like the PSP and the hardcore gamers will being playing homebrew style and not wanting to upgrade or they'll find a way to downgrade. Sony will so lose money then.
umm...not really to my interest but maybe to some, Taito Memories 2 (PS2) includes: Zun Zun Block, Thunder Fox, Rainbow Islands Extra, WGP 1 + 2, Space Laser, Buggy Challenge, Arkanoid 2: Revenge of Doh, Pit & Run, Ninja Hayate, Phoenix, Defender, Halley's Comet, Arkanoid, Metal Soldier Isaac, Jungle Hunt, Megablast.
Shining Force Exa (PS2) will be released on Jan. 18 2007
Vampire's Rain (XBOX 360) will be released on Jan. 25 2007
some Yakuza 2/Ryu Ga Gotoku 2 info:
mini-games this time will also include golf, bowling, shogi, mahjong, pachinko. Pachinko will have real games licensed from Sammy like Aladdin A and the famed Kemono-oh. Real restaurants like Matsuya and shopping stores like Don Quijote. Also, there will be more 'sex appeal' in the normal and action cutscenes they say.
the most interesting news to me today is one of Capcom's next games for the PS2. A 3D fighter based on a Fall anime and originated from a manga. This game is Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi. When i first looked at the game page, i knew that busty chick looked familar, it clicked right away that i remember seeing a fig of her and her companion months ago. My search also lead me to disovering an anime of the game, since i'm not really following anime this fall ('cept for Black Lagoon 2B and Code Geass occasionally), i didn't know there was an anime to this manga until today. But because there's a fighting game of it (and by capcom no less), i think i'll be checking this out along w/ the original manga by Shun Matsuena. The busty chick Miu is quite the bonus too and all the more reason to check it out. Has anybody checked out this anime? Good animation for the fights? fanservice? could care less for the story juss by looking at it. I don't want another Fighting Beauty Wulong (what a crap game too, good that Dream Factory isn't touching this...oh how DF has gone to shits. i wuv you Tobal No.1 and Tobal 2). So yeah, go visit Matsuena's site to check out the pics below in 'clean' form.
Lastly, Famitsu and Dengeki PS scores for the week:
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (PS2, EA): 9 / 8 / 7 / 7 - (31/40)
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (NDS, EA): 6 / 6 / 6 / 6 - (24/40)
Winning Eleven DS (NDS, Konami): 7 / 7 / 7 / 8 - (29/40)
Hoshi no Kirby: Sanjou! Dorocche Dan (NDS, Nintendo): 8 / 8 / 7 / 8 - (31/40)
The Outfit (Xbox 360, THQ): 8 / 7 / 7 / 6 - (28/40)
Love Love Hamster (NDS, Digital Kids): 5 / 6 / 5 / 5 - (21/40)
Edamoto Naomi no Shiawase Kitchen: Kakushi Aji wa Anata ga Kimete ne (NDS, MTO): 6 / 6 / 6 / 8 - (26/40)
Utawarerumono (PS2, Aquaplus): 80 / 85 / 70 / 75
Spider-Man 2 (PSP, Konami): 75 / 80 / 75 / 70
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (PS2, EA): 70/ 85 / 75 / 75
Shinobido Homura (PSP, Spike): 75 / 70 / 65 / 60