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September 30, 2012

Anime Review: Solty Rei

Well, what can I say about Solty Rei? For one, it is a pretty entertaining anime to watch, but does it have what it takes to be one of the top anime in its genre?

Solty ReiSynopsis:

In a future-based disaster-ridden city with an enormous gap between the rich and the poor, it is hard to tell which humans are walking around with cybernetic body parts. This makes Roy Revant's job as a renegade bounty hunter/bodyguard-for-hire even more difficult. When a young girl with unbelievable strength rescues him from a particularly dangerous criminal, Roy realizes that perhaps help can be found in the strangest of places. Joining together with a few others, they engage in a battle to find out the truth behind the giant conglomerates that are supposedly serving mankind and making life better.

Solty, an android who has lost her memory, has escaped and is being hunted by the RUC Security Bureau. She encounters the bounty hunter Roy and he adopts her as his daughter after being hired as a bodyguard for Miranda.

Review:

Solty Rei first starts off in a futuristic post-disaster setting where there is an enormous class different between the rich and the poor. To makes things more complex, humans now have cybernetic implants to replace body parts that they have lost. The crime in the city is rampant and so there are many companies that offer hunters for hire, whether for taking down a criminal to protecting an important person. The story focuses around a middle aged man named Roy Revant that has become a bounty hunter after losing his family in the accident 12 years back. During one of his missions, he gets saved by an android named Solty. From then on, the two develop an interesting relationship starting from being rocky to being closer in the end. What I can say about the story is that it is really linear, generic and mainstream. There were a few plot twists along the way, but mostly it is one of those predictable storylines that we can ultimately guess in the end.

The art was above average for a 2006 anime and some scenes were quite well done. I noticed however that some scenes did have lesser detail and quality than others (especially the fight scenes were quite detailed and smoothly animated). The characters were rather generic and pretty standard stereotypes. In the end, the art was really spectacular or extremely impressive; you could say it was standard art style.

Voice acting was average with some characters' voices a bit incompatible with their persona representations on screen. Solty's voice acting took a bit of time to get used to as it was rather childish and high-pitched. Roy Revant's voice was actually quite good for his character, so I had no complaints there. Some other character's voices felt a bit unsuitable for their types and so the enjoyment of the characters did get ruined slightly.

I felt that the character representations were rather stereotypical, textbook-styled and generic. Roy Revant is your carefree, tough mercenary type guy which rarely shows his emotions out loud. Solty is portrayed as a mysterious naive girl that follows Roy around the place, and Rose Anderson is your antagonist which happens to change in the end. As for other characters, you have your evil mastermind (which pretends to be good at first), your typical government special forces agency group, and a couple of thieves that help out in the end. Other than that, everything else is pretty predictable and standard.

Overall, it was enjoyable at the very least of what you would expect from a textbook style storyline. All I can say is that the story was really anything special worth noting and the setting that this takes place seemed to have been reused a lot in other anime. As for the action and character interaction, it was all quite predictable and linear. From the story and character appearances, you can instantly figure out what will happen next. Overall, I would say that Solty Rei was rather an average anime compared to the rest.

STORY: 6
It was nothing really special, and it was pretty predictable and generic.

ART: 7
Some scenes were really well done, whilst others felt a bit lazily animated. Other than that, the characters looked decent and the backgrounds were vibrant.

SOUND: 7
I felt some character's voice acting was a bit unsuitable, but in the end, you get used to it and disregard it.

CHARACTER: 6
The characters felt too restrictive in their representations, and so we have a rather mediocre cast.

ENJOYMENT: 8
To enjoy this anime, you really have to think simple and pretend to know nothing at all about sci-fi action stories to appreciate the effort this anime makes to grab your attention.

OVERALL: 7
For me, I thought that for a sci-fi action anime, this was one of those "watch and forget" type animes where you will get interested right till the end, and then just forget about it.

More app deals in Day 4 of Play Store sale

It is now Day 4 of Google's 25-cent apps promotion. Today we got some more deals for you:

September 2012 Recap

September has been a productive month for me. Nevermind that, time to recap on what happened this month!

Firstly, September 6th marked the day when Google proudly proclaimed the number of Android activations per day has reached an all time high of 1.3 million devices. Android will continue to grow from here on.

That said, Google has annouced on September 12 that the number of Android devices has reached over 500 million on total!

More an Android, we heard to recent news of Apple winning against Samsung in court, but that did not deter Samsung from launching it's own campaign back at Apple with it's latest anti-Apple ad on 16 September.

19 September was the day that the Humble Indie Bundle 6 was released and it contained plenty of awesome addictive games for whatever price you wished to pay. Many people donated large sums of money to help support the indie developers.

Who can forget what happened on September 23rd? The extremely popular viral music video "Gangnam Style" reached a new milestone with it being the most liked video on YouTube. Since its beginning, the song has literally been played everywhere.

24 September saw the announcement of an official Hatsune Miku game for iOS and Android platforms by SEGA. We eagerly anticipate when the game will be released!

27 September was the date when Ubuntu 13.04 release dates were announced. A day later on 28th September, Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 was released to public.

That pretty much wraps up this month's recap.

September 29, 2012

Instant Upload Picks: Feeling pecky for Pocky

Well, I was shopping at an Asian grocery store the other day and I decided to look at the confectionery section and the first thing I saw was the bright golden letters on a familiar red box: Pocky. Ah yes, after seeing that I instantly craved for it. Perhaps from watching many slice of life animes that had these sweet chocolate-coated sticks just made me want to have some right away. The sound of a Pocky being snapped between your teeth is somewhat surprisingly addictive and you will find yourself with an empty packet in no time.

PowerAmp updated to support Jelly Bean devices

I have used PowerAmp the day it came out a few years back. It is one of the best music players on Android and with this latest update, it has gotten a little better. The recent update added quite a few new features and improvements, including rich notifications support for those running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

PowerAmp has gained a lot of popularity since it's initial release. Now it has over 15 million downloads for its free version, and 1 million downloads of the paid version.

The latest update mostly consists of bug fixes, stability improvements and general polishing. However, one important feature that is new to PowerAmp is the rich notifications that now allows music control directly from the notification pane on Jelly Bean. Also, audio in .flv format is now supported, and folder navigation can now extend to 10 levels deep.

In addition, several improvements has been made such as support for .wav and .wma files have been improved, support for more languages has been added, and widgets have been polished for several devices and ROMs.
PowerAmp has been a long favorite among the many music apps on the platform. Whilst most people only bother with MP3 and AAC files only, PowerAmp supports almost any audio format you can think of. Not just that, the app also includes support for visual themes, lyrics, and an awesome equalizer.

The developer of Poweramp has said that in the future, the app will continue to focus on what has made it popular so far: being a full-featured music player. Don’t expect video support or cloud streaming in Poweramp 3.0, just more features geared toward improving the music listening experience.

I totally recommend anyone that has an Android device to download PowerAmp and give it a go. It is fast, powerful and fluid. The free version has a 15-day trial with all featured enabled, so give it a go and test to see if you like it or not.


Day 3 of Play Store promotion brings more goodies

This is now Day 3 of Google's Play Store 25-cent apps promotion. The list is as below:

PSotD - Start it right away

Title: Start it right away
Artist: Hyadain
Year: 2012
Notes: First ending song from the anime Kuroko no Basuke.
>I'll give anyone a choc chip cookie if they can sing they chorus part.

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September 28, 2012

PSotD - Catal Rhythm

Title: Catal Rhythm
Artist: OLDCODEX
Year: 2012
Notes: Second ending song from the anime Kuroko no Basuke.





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Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Released

Amazon results in Unity
The second beta release of Ubuntu 12.10 has just been released today and is available for download. It arrives ahead of the final release in just over 2 weeks time.

Comparing Beta 1, there has been many changes in this release, although it is mostly cosmetic.

Unity has been updated, tweak and 'finessed'; the Dash has been given slick new animations during Previews; and a pair of controversial new features have made their debut.

Check out the video below to see what's new in Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2.


It is not recommend that you use this beta has your primary system, but you can download the development build here if you wish to do so. You will find links to .iso, .zsync and .torrent files to install Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2.

Google Play Store promotion continues

Continuing from yesterday, the Play Store has released another batch of cheap 25-cent apps for us to splurge our change on. Here are the titles:

Bad Piggies hit Google Play

Bad Piggies
Rovio has released Bad Piggies, the swine-centric Angry Birds spin-off, on Google Play and other platforms. The game is available now as a free download from Google's app store, and comes in regular and HD (tablet-optimized) flavors.

Bad Piggies sees players take on the role of the mischievous green pigs from Angry Birds, building all manner of precarious vehicles in order to reach the end of the level, and steal some eggs along the way. The pig-focused gameplay has a lot in common with an earlier Rovio title, Amazing Alex. Players build contraptions, out of parts in a 2D grid, before taking them for a spin in the game world.

The game contains two zones consisting of 45 levels each, in addition to an unlockable sandbox  mode, with plenty of content to keep you entertained.


Featured Wallpaper: Mysterious Miku Mission

Check out this wallpaper I found on the internet! It's Miku looking cool with a nice mysterious dark background behind her. This is a perfect wallpaper for dark colour scheme desktops and smart phones! If you are a Miku fan, you definitely would want to get your hands on this wallpaper.

September 27, 2012

Daily Lives of High School Boys Manga Abruptly Ends

Manga creator Yasunobu Yamauchi released the final chapter of the Daily Lives of High School Boys (Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō ) series on Square Enix's Gangan Online website on Thursday. There was no previous sign that the manga would end this week. Square Enix will publish the manga's seventh volume this December.

The gag comedy manga follows the humorous yet "realistic" everyday life of Tadakuni, Hidenori, Yoshitake, and other students at a boys' high school. In the final chapter, the three main characters have a light and comedic talk about the masked hero that saved Hidenori from bullies when he was a child. The ending of the chapter reveals the truth behind the hero.

Source: ANN

PSotD - Knocking on the mind

Title: Knocking on the mind
Artist: Hijirikawa Masato (Suzumura Kenichi)
Year: 2011
Notes: Character song from the anime Uta no Prince sama.
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Ubuntu 13.04 Release Date Announced

Ubuntu 12.10 hasn't even been released yet and yet the Ubuntu team is full steam ahead with the announcement of the release date of Ubuntu 13.04. The date is April 25th 2013.

Of course though that this date is not permanent and the team may decide to change the date. Below are some key dates to look out for till the release of Ubuntu 13.04.
  • Ubuntu 13.04 Alpha 1 - December 1st
  • Ubuntu 13.04 Alpha 2 - February 7th
  • Ubuntu 13.04 Beta - March 7th
  • Ubuntu 13.04 Final - April 25th
That written, April 25th is a Thursday - Ubuntu's traditional release slot.

Anime Review: Hyouka

Hyouka is not your ordinary slice of life anime, but rather it touches upon the human nature of curiosity and how this feeling takes interest of a group of friends in the Classics Club.

HyoukaSynopsis:

Oreki Houtarou is a minimalistic high school boy. One day, he joins the Classic Literature Club at his elder sister's request. 

There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, "I'm interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)". Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory who calls himself a database. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approaches. 

They begin to investigate a case that occurred 45 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Classics Club. The collection is titled "Hyouka."

Review:

There is no drama to be found, nor is their action or adventure. Rather, Hyouka is pretty much like your average slice of life anime. However, what makes this slice of life anime different from the rest is that is adds simple yet complex mysterious elements into the story. The curiosity into the simplest of things can turn out into long-winded explanations and Hyouka tends to touch upon this human nature a lot. That said, the beginning of the series was quite slow indeed. We get introduced to a rather boring and ordinary high school boy named Oreki Houtarou which doesn't like to waste energy. He joins the Classics Club after being forced by his sister and there he meets a cute girl named Chitanda Eru. Unlike Houtarou, Eru is the complete opposite of him. She is peppy, lively and curious about even the tiniest of details. The group begins to investigate a case that occurred 45 years ago in search of the truth behind the history of their high school and from then on, Houtarou gets involved more and more into solving mysteries ranging from your simple locked room mystery to your cultural festival clubs theft mystery. That said, you can;t really call this a detective story but rather a problem solving story that requires logical thought. It gets interesting as the series progresses and you do see some change in the characters. For a slice of life anime, it was really entertaining.

The art was beautifully illustrated and animated throughout the anime. The characters looked great and presented really well. I had nothing wrong with frame rate and choppy animation; everything was fluid and smooth. I really admire some scenes that featured vivid backgrounds and sceneries that were pleasant and wonderfully drawn to perfection. Of course though, the art is comparable to 5 Centimeters Per Second but did lack the magical experience that it portrayed. Overall, it was wonderfully done.

Voice acting was not too bad. Apart from Chitanda Eru, everyone else was not memorable at all. The voice acting felt too generic for some characters and so lead to unmemorable characters. This didn't really affect the overall presentation of the anime as it solely focuses on presenting us with an intriguing story rather than the characters themselves. The enjoyed listening to the theme songs and they were full of emotion that suited the anime really well.

Hyouka mainly features a handful of characters with some supporting characters to help move the story along. You will be instantly captivated by the lovely relationship that Houtarou and Eru mutally share; and its enjoyable to watch oppisutes attract and they both have different personalities. Apart from them, Satoshi and Mayaka are pretty much your typical "best friend" and "childhood friend" characters that support Houtarou and Eru throughout the series.

Overall, I must say that you must need some patience and understanding to fully appreciate this anime. The lack of action or adventure may put many people off, but for those who like mysteries and slice of life anime situated in a high school, Hyouka definitely delivers.

STORY: 7
From a slow start to a steady finish, you can say that this is a slice of life anime with mystery in it.

ART: 9
Beautifully illustrated and animated. The characters looked well presented and backgrounds were highly detailed.

SOUND: 7
Voice acting although perfect but felt a bit generic for some of the characters which made them unmemorable. However, the main character stood out a lot and their voices were uniquely different from the rest.

CHARACTER: 8
I have to say that the characters slowly grow on you and you come to understand them more as the story progresses.

ENJOYMENT: 8
You can say that the most enjoyable and interesting parts of this anime depends on how much you like to discover new things, think logically and draw conclusions based on given information.

OVERALL: 7 (+1)
It was a pretty interesting anime to watch, and I enjoyed the mysteries. Why the (+1)? Because Miku was in it that's why.

Google launches 25-cent app promotion

Google is celebrating 25 billion downloads to its Play Store by selling selected apps for 25 cents only! For a limited time you can get these games on sale:

Scene It! Hyouka.

Well, I have finished watching Hyouka today and I must say I did enjoy it thoroughly. I will be doing a review later in the day but for now I must share something I accidentally discovered in the anime! It seems that some of the Vocaloid characters did a guest appearance in the anime!



Hyouka is a slice of life anime that heavily revolves around simple mysteries that happens around the school and in the everyday lives of the members of the Classics Club. The Vocaloid guest appearance happened in episode 12 of the anime.

YouTube for Android updated: new UI and fresh Watch experience

YouTube
YouTube for Android has been updated today. Anyone still using an older version of Android such as Froyo or Gingerbread can now enjoy a new refreshed UI and preloading mechanism. In addition, Google has also made a few tweaks to the Watch function, but there is nothing particularly dramatic. This update added the ability to move videos to your personal YouTube queue. Finally, a few more channels have been added to the Channel Store.

This is a good indication that Google has not forgotten the many users out there still using previous versions of Android on their devices.

[via Android Central]

September 26, 2012

PSotD - Rimfire

Title: Rimfire
Artist: Granrodeo
Year: 2012
Notes: Second opening song from the anime Kuroko no Basuke.
My dear bishies. (All MINE! Keep your hands off!)
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Google Chrome 22 Offers 3D Gaming, 24 Bug Fixes

Downloadable immediately, Google's latest Chrome 22 Browser continues to add features aimed at helping the browser deliver more to its users.

The new Google Chrome Browser Version 22 includes a key improvement aimed at making 3D gaming enthusiasts happier – a Pointer Lock JavaScript API (also called Mouse Lock) that will allow more accurate gaming while using a computer mouse.

The upgrade was one of several features highlighting the latest stable release of Google Chrome, which was announced in a Sept. 25 post by Jason Kersey, technical program manager of the Google Chrome team, on the Google Chrome Releases blog page.

The latest Chrome 22 version also includes 24 bug fixes as well as Windows 8 enhancements and continuing improvements to the browser's interoperability with Apple's Retina screen technologies. The Retina screen support was first added in the previous version of Chrome, Version 21, back in August and is continuing to be polished, according to Kersey's post.

[via eWeek]

Chrome Theme: Cardboard Night

Well, I decided to make the Cardboard Night theme to complement the Cardboard Day theme a couple of weeks back. So here it is. Pretty much the same as the day version except it now features night! The would be perfect for dark colour scheme desktops.

Four games added to the Humble Bundle 6

The Humble Bundle has just added four more fantastic games to the latest bundle: BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Gratuitous Space Battles, Jamestown, and Wizorb! If you have already purchased the bundle, they should automatically show up on your download page. New customers can access them by paying more than the current average on the site.

All four added games are DRM-free and run on Windows, Mac, and Linux, come with soundtracks, and can optionally be redeemed on Steam and the Ubuntu Software Center!
The Humble Bundle ends in one week, so if you haven't bought it already, now's your chance!

September 25, 2012

Anime Review: Accel World

Set in a futuristic world where technology has dominated human's lives and everyone has virtual reality devices that help with everyday life. This anime is about the friendship between a group of friends in a virtual reality world.

Accel WorldSynopsis:

The year is 2046. Haruyuki Arita is a young boy who finds himself on the lowest social rungs of his school. Ashamed of his miserable life, Haruyuki can only cope by indulging in virtual games. But that all changes when Kuroyukihime, the most popular girl in school, introduces him to a mysterious program called Brain Burst and a virtual reality called the Accel World.

Review:

If you are an heavy otaku like me and don't care about the real world accept the electronics gadgets and computer games, then you definitely will enjoy watching Accel World. Simply put, the story is about a young boy in high school that is constantly bullied at school. However, the most popular girl in school takes notices of him and introduces a mysterious game called Brain Burst to him. The game drastically changes his life as this so called game can affect action in real life by accelerating the mind and the body. This virtual reality world is called the Accel World. At first, I was slightly hesitant at how well the story will go with a fat kid as the main characters. However as the story progressed I started to enjoy the casting a lot more. The story is quite simple to understand even though it is set in a futuristic environment. There is a lot of computer game jargon and technological terms throughout the anime, so if you are not familiar with these type of words then its best to steer clear from this anime. That being said, I felt the ending was a bit abrupt and unfinished and slightly disappointing as it did not answer all the questions and motives the story presented so well in the beginning.

The art was quite good and the futuristic effects was just awesome. Also the transitions between real-world to virtual-reality environments are clearly distinguished so you can tell both worlds apart. Character designs were quite good (although I must say rather generic) and well designed. The battle animations and special effects were high quality and enjoyable to watch.

Character voice acting was excellent for most of the characters. I noticed though, that a few characters sounded too similar to be coincidence but I can't say for sure if their characters were done by the same voice actor (I didn't bother checking). The theme songs were quite nice with some fast movements beats and melody as expected for a sci-fi action anime. It was enjoyable to listen to.

It took me a while to get used to the main character, Arita. This is probably the first anime I have watched with a fat kid being the main character. However, I must admire his personality. Do not say that he is a wimp at the start because he is definitely not. If you were constantly bullied at school, wouldn't you be sulking and crying a lot (and have negative thoughts)? For those who have experienced this kind of situation whether major or minor will instantly understand Arita's thoughts and actions. The first episode was pretty emotional and made me teary eyed. Anyhow, moving on to Kuroyukihime, she is your "most popular girl at school" type of person. Well, she isn't a snob or a jerk but she does have some guilt about what she has done in the past. She helps Arita is overcoming his personal scars and both of them are determined to find out the reason of why Burst Brain exists.

In the end, the anime was fast-paced, engaging and exciting to watch. The game-style elements dominant throughout the anime will interest computer game lovers who are into anime. The story is quite good, but lacks a proper ending that would satisfy the climatic arc towards the end of the series. There were also some humorous moments to be had and mysterious characters to explore. I would be happy if a sequel was released to expand the story even further.

STORY: 7
It was fast, exciting and interesting. Emotional in many ways and explores the values and morals of friendship.

ART: 8
The characters and backgrounds were highly detailed and aesthetically pleasing.

SOUND: 8
Voice acting was pretty good for most of the characters. Some characters' voices felt too similar to be a coincidence.

CHARACTER: 8
The main characters slowly grow on you, and you will come to like them a lot. I was instantly captivated by Kuroyukihime.

ENJOYMENT: 9
I felt the story invoked a lot of emotion and feeling to the audience and I will not deny that. The action was also quite good and exciting to watch.

OVERALL: 8
A well compiled anime perfect for otaku guys that are into computer games and imaginative sci-fi stuff.

PSotD - Boku no Invitation

Title: Boku no Invitation
Artist: JP
Year: 2012
Notes: The opening song to the ongoing anime Shirokuma Cafe (Polar bear cafe).
A catchy and upbeat tune to begin a hilarious slice-of-life anime centered around a polar bear, a panda and a penguin.
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New Chrome commercial shows off browser skins

In this short 30-second commercial, Google is showing off their own 'My Chrome Theme' extension for it's browser, though Google+ is still the main focus of the video.


You can download the extension here.

MeMuMo: Ren’ai Circulation by Kana Hanazawa

Title: Ren’ai Circulation
Artist: Kana Hanazawa
Year: 2010
Comments: I actually heard this song before watching the anime (Bakemonogatari) that this was originally from. It is quite a nice, happy tune that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It is actually quite a catchy tune as well (and you can also dance to it - just check YouTube).

September 24, 2012

Uta no Prince sama Live Event 2012 @ Yuubouto Hall


As our dedicated readers will know, I'm a die-hard fan of Uta no Prince sama. I was brimming with happiness tonight when I found a download link for the live event held in Japan earlier this year. Sure, the video quality isn't great, but I get to see and hear the amazing voices of my dearest Masato and Natsuki, my cute Syo, sexy Ren, hot Tokiya, and a somewhat annoying Ittoki. Unfortunately, this video is not English subbed. So please enjoy 2.5 hours worth of magic from the link below.


Ps. To the kind-hearted soul who uploaded this, I, and other fangirls, are forever grateful and indebted to you.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu unleashes PV for “Fashion Monster”


The PV for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s upcoming single, “Fashion Monster“, has been revealed through Warner Music Japan’s official YouTube channel!

“Fashion Monster” is Kyary’s 3rd single, and it’s scheduled for release on October 17th. This electronic rock number is written and composed by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), and it serves as the CM song for apparel brand, ‘g.u.‘.

Source: TH

Check out the PV below!

Btooom! Survival Action Anime's TV Ads Streamed

The anime music production unit Flying Dog began streaming three commercials for the Btooom! survival action television anime series on Friday. The anime's main character Ryōta Sakamoto (as voiced by Kanata Hongou) narrates the 30-second commercial and the first 15-second commercial.


Junya Inoue's original manga centers around Sakamoto, a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) young man and a top-ranked player in the online combat game Btooom! One day, he wakes up on a tropical island without remembering how he got there. He sees a figure in the distance and asks for help. However, the figure responds by throwing something at Ryūta — a "BIM" bomb.

The anime from the studio MADHOUSE will begin airing in Japan on October 4, after streaming on the niconico (formerly Nico Nico Douga) video service beginning on October 8.

Source: ANN

Raise Hatsune Miku Into a Star in New Sega iOS/Android Game

Sega announced at Tokyo Game Show 2012 on Thursday that it will release Hatsune Miku Live Stage Producer, an Autumn 2012 iOS/Android game in which the player raises the Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku and trains her to be a star. In the raising simulation game, the player assumes the role of a concert venue manager.
The player can select the set lists, stage design, and character design modules for Miku's special live concerts, roughly similar to Namco Bandai Games' The IDOLM@STER franchise. The player can also train Miku to build up her singing, dancing, and even her onstage chatting. When Miku wins contests, she can receive new character design modules and accessory items.
The single-player game will be free to download, although there will be items with fees.

Source: AppBank via Hachima Kikō

K-ON! Portable GPS Car Navigator Revealed


The Japanese company RWC unveiled its portable GPS car navigation system with a K-ON! anime theme on Tuesday. The voices of the entire Ho-Kago Tea Time high school band — Yui (Aki Toyosaki), Ritsu (Satomi Satou), Mio (Yōko Hikasa), Mugi (Minako Kotobuki), and Azusa (Ayana Taketatsu) — guide the users to their destinations. The cast recorded 984 words in total for the device.

The system starts up with an image of a cassette tape with the words, “Ho-Kago Tea Time Navi” scribbled on it. A stylus in the shape of the neck of Yui's Guitar Gita is included, along with an original clear holder case (shaped like a cassette tape), detachable stand with cap, cigarette lighter DC plug, AC adapter, USB cable, manual, and quick-start guide. The map service is provided by Zenrin Chizu.

The system will go on sale in Japan on Saturday.
Source: ANN