Countdown Illustration for “NieR:Automata” Revealed

There are only a few more days until NieR:Automata, the highly anticipated action RPG, releases in Japan on February 23. In preparation for that day, a countdown illustration was uploaded to the game’s official Twitter account.

For those unfamiliar, Square Enix describes the game below:

“Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing their secret weapon: the machines. In the face of this insurmountable threat, the human race is driven from the earth and takes refuge on the moon. The humans develop an army of android soldiers to fight back against the mechanical horde, but succeed only in slowing its advance. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad.
In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world…

NieR: Automata is a new third-person action RPG follow-up to the 2010 cult hit, NieR. Offering a fresh blend of action and RPG gameplay styles, NieR: Automata is currently being developed in collaboration with PlatinumGames, the studio known for its groundbreaking advancements in the action genre.”

The game will be released on March 7 in North America and should be available worldwide by March 10. Preorders are still being accepted for both the PC and PS4 editions at the price of $59.99. The $189.99 PS4 Black Box edition is currently sold out with a waiting list.

Preorders Open for Tracer Nendoroid

Good Smile Company has just opened preorders for their new Tracer Nendoroid (Overwatch)!

“Cheers, love! The cavalry’s here!”
From the globally popular multiplayer first-person shooter ‘Overwatch’ comes a Nendoroid of Tracer! The Nendoroid comes complete with a variety of optional parts to add effects for her abilities, interchangeable bent legs, and hair options that can cover up her eyes to recreate her iconic poses from the game!

Also included are Tracer’s trademark pulse pistols, along with open hand parts to pose her as without her guns, like when she activates her recall ability. Equip her pulse bomb to pose Tracer activating her ultimate ability! The Nendoroid is fully articulated, allowing her to be posed in many different ways, and has been carefully sculpted and tuned to ensure that the joints do not stand out, keeping Tracer’s unique appearance in tact. Be sure to add the first of the Overwatch Nendoroid series to your collection!”

This Nendoroid is approximately 100mm tall (about 3.9 inches) and is priced at 4,900 yen (roughly $42.86) including tax. She can be preordered through the Good Smile Company Online Shop until March 16, and the Blizzard store for $49.99. She should be available to order through other sites shortly.

The company has added a new subsection on their site for Overwatch x Good Smile Company products, so expect more characters to get some cool stuff in the future. Tracer will be officially released and shipped out in August 2017.

You can find more pictures after the break!

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New Merchandise for “Re:ZERO” and “Kantai Collection”

Good Smile Company has added new merchandise to their shop!

The 1/7th scale Rem figurine (Re:ZERO ~Starting Life in Another World~previewed earlier this month and a Nagato Nendoroid (Kantai Collection) are available to preorder now.

You can find more information about everything after the break!

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Valentine’s Day Illustration Collection

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and many anime studios and artists have prepared some adorable illustrations in honor of the romantic holiday. Demi-chan, New Game!, Gabriel Dropout, and more have participated in this lovely event.

The illustrations can be found after the break. More will be added as they are posted, so check back here if you’re interested!

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“The iDOLM@STER SideM” Anime Project Announced with PV and Key Visual

The iDOLM@STER SideM anime project has been announced with a promotional video, key visual, and the launching of its official website. The project will be an adaptation of The iDOLM@STER SideM video game. The game is similar to other iDOLM@STER games, but all of the characters are male and their three main characteristics are Physical, Intelligent, and Mental instead of the usual Cute, Cool, and Passion traits.

The promotional video shows off some of the music and idol boys that are expected to appear in this adaptation.

More information on the project will be released on March 15.

Check out the video after the break!

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“Splatoon 2” to Feature LAN Play and Private Battle Spectating

Nintendo has revealed two new features that will be available in the upcoming Splatoon sequel: Private Battle Spectator View and LAN Play.

Private Battle Spectator View can allow two extra non-players to spectate Private Battles and act as camera operators to see the match from different angles. The LAN Play feature allows 8 players to connect their systems using a wired LAN setup to create local Private Battle tournaments without the use of an internet connection.

Sounds like these two features would be really useful if anyone wanted to setup some competitive on-stage tournaments. Splatoon 2 comes to the Nintendo Switch this summer.

Check out the pictures and video after the break!

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New Key Visual and Additional Cast for “Sakura Quest” Anime

The official website for the Sakura Quest TV anime has revealed a new key visual and some additional cast members for the upcoming project!

The cast members include Atsushi Ono as Ushimatsu Kadota, Maki Izawa as Chitose Oriba, Katsuyuki Konishi as Takamizawa, Hiro Shimono as Yamada, Daiki Hamano as Mino, Vinay Murthy as Mr. Sandal, Nanako Mori as Angelica, and Tomoyo Kurosawa as Erika Suzuki.

MyAnimeList describes the synopsis for Sakura Quest below:

“In the wake of a nationwide movement during the Bubble economy period, a small town in the countryside has revived its “mini-nation” tourism program; hiring five girls as travel ambassadors. The series will follow a year’s time of the five girls as they work in the tourism agency of a small failing town in an effort to reinvigorate it.”

The series will begin airing this April.

You can find the key visual after the break!

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New PV for “Madoka☆Magica” Smartphone Game

A new 1:30 promotional video has been released for the upcoming Madoka☆Magica RPG smartphone game, Magia Record Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden!

The video previews a new group of magical girls along with in-game animations, battling gameplay, transformation scenes, dialogue, and the game’s theme song, “Kakawari”, by TrySail. The song was previously played in a short 15 second commercial back in late September. The mobile RPG follows the main character, Iroha Tamaki, on her mission to find her younger sister, Ui. Along the way, she runs into Madoka on a similar search for her friend Homura.

The official Twitter account recently announced they are holding a campaign during their pre-registration period where the player can receive a free Homura Akemi (glasses version) that can be used in the game.

Check out the video after the break!

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1/7th Scale Rem Figurine Previewed Before Valentine’s Day Preorder

Good Smile Company has completed their 1/7th scale Rem figurine (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-) just in time for a Valentine’s Day preorder! In preparation for her upcoming reservation period, the company has taken a few photos to show Rem off in different angles.

“From the anime series ‘Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-‘ comes a 1/7th scale figure of one of the maids that serves at the Roswaal mansion, Rem!

The figure is based on the 2nd volume of the Blu-ray/DVD jacket cover and features Rem wearing her characteristic maid outfit holding a tea set on a tray to show her hard at work in the mansion. A set of alternate parts to display her in her demon form are also included together with her morning star weapon, allowing you to choose how you prefer to display her in your collection!”

Her interchangable parts include: an alternate expression, alternate hair parts, an alternate left arm, an alternate right arm, and a morning star. Preorders open on February 14.

Check out all the pictures after the break!

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ClariS to Perform “Eromanga-sensei” Opening Theme

Sony Music announced on their website that ClariS will be performing the opening theme for the Eromanga-sensei anime adaptation! The new song, “Hitorigoto”, will be available as a CD single release on April 26.

For those unfamiliar with the series, MyAnimeList describes the plot below:

“The “new sibling romantic comedy” revolves around Masamune Izumi, a light novel author in high school. Masamune’s little sister is Sagiri, a shut-in girl who hasn’t left her room for an entire year. She even forces her brother to make and bring her meals when she stomps the floor. Masamune wants his sister to leave her room, because the two of them are each other’s only family.

Masamune’s novel illustrator, pen name “Eromanga,” draws extremely perverted drawings, and is very reliable. Masamune had never met his illustrator, and figured he was just a disgusting, perverted otaku. However, the truth is revealed… that his “Eromanga-sensei” is his own younger sister! To add to the chaos that erupts between the siblings, a beautiful, female, best-selling shoujo manga creator becomes their rival!”

The anime will begin airing this April.

Source: Sony Music