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December 12, 2012, 9:00 AM
December 12, 2012, 9:00 AM
Siliconera Spencer

Last week, Siliconera reported Namco Bandai filed trademarks for The Idol Master and Shiny Festa in Europe. Namco Bandai also registered Shiny Festa and Idolm@ster (not "The Idol Master") trademarks in the United States.

The Japanese version of Amazon is currently listing a July 23rd English language release of K-on! College from North American manga publisher Yen Press.   In April 2011 the K-on! manga relaunched with one series featuring the main cast in college,...

Ace videographer Omaru (AKA cosplaymag on YouTube) has released his “best of clip” reel for 2012, spotlighting some of the best cosplayers and costumes he found over the last year. Vocaloids, Ponies, Darksiders, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and even Dragon ...

Siliconera Spencer

Sega filed a lawsuit against Level-5 and their popular soccer RPG series, Inazuma Eleven. Yomiuri Shimbun reports the lawsuit is for 900 hundred million yen ($11 million) and to stop sales of eight Inazuma Eleven titles.

Kotaku East Brian Ashcraft

Last week, shortly after an earthquake rocked Japan, a tweet tore up Twitter and pissed the country off. The tweet by @Reonandnene read, "Because of the earthquake, my house collapsed, and moreover, I cannot get out.

Kotaku East Richard Eisenbeis

The puzzle-filled Professor Layton games comprise one of the Nintendo DS's most popular franchises. Mixing brain teaser and occult mystical plot, the adventures of the gentleman archaeologist and his young apprentice are always enjoyable to play.

Demands 900 million yen/US$10. 9 million in damages over certain touch controls Sega, the Tokyo-based game publisher known for Sonic the Hedgehog and other franchises, is suing Level 5 for certain uses of the Nintendo DS system's touchscreen in th...

Kotaku East Richard Eisenbeis

As the title suggests, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney crosses the mystical puzzle-solving mysteries of the Professor Layton series with the courtroom logic puzzles of Ace Attorney—but not exactly in the ways you'd expect.

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Due to the success of the Philippine screening of Rurouni Kenshin, SM Cinemas has just extended the screening of the said movie starting this December 11 until the weekend! Furthermore, Screen International's Japan reporter Jason Grey tweeted that...

Siliconera Spencer

Tecmo Koei’s sixth Dead or Alive 5 costume pack is all about the holidays and gives twelve characters Santa suits.   Santa Pack #1: Leifang, Hitomi, and Kasumi   Santa Pack #2: Tina, Christie, and Ayane   Santa Pack #3: Hayabusa, Hayate, Jann Lee,...

Film to open in Japan on Saturday with 2 million free “Volume 1,000” book gifts Three more commercials began airing for this year's One Piece Film Z. The commercials feature the former marine general "Z" (Zetto, the Straw Hat pirates' "strongest e...

Siliconera Spencer

With only two days until she’s playable, Arc System Works finally revealed Izayoi a new character for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Izayoi is Tsubaki Yayoi’s true form and she has a unique set of attacks.

Here's a not especially bold prediction: One Piece Film Z is going to top the box office for this weekend's opening.  Series creator Eiichiro Oda has promised that the 15th anniversary anime will rival blockbuster Strong World, and the reports fro...

Siliconera Spencer

Dynasty Warriors 8 is coming to Japan on February 28 and Tecmo Koei promised over 70 characters including new warriors like Lu Xun and Guan Yunping.   Starting at the two minute mark you can see gameplay tweaks.

Siliconera Ishaan

Sega have revealed further information on the PlayStation Vita version of Phantasy Star Online 2, which is slated for release in February 2013 in Japan. In a recent Japanese interview (summarized by the Phantasy Star Fan Blog), the game’s producer...

RocketNews24 Michelle

I remember making paper snowflakes when I was a kid.   You know, the ones where you fold the paper into quarters, cut out a bunch of shapes and then open the paper to reveal a beautiful pattern. I always enjoyed making paper snowflakes, but I neve...

RocketNews24 Philip Kendall

As much as we love Christmas and would never hope to make our readers feel guilty for enjoying their time off and presents this year, we feel that it’s important to take a moment to remember where many of the toys and trinkets we receive each year...

Siliconera Spencer

Level-5 usually extends their Layton games with weeks worth of downloadable content and Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will get the same treatment. Weekly extra content gave players in Japan a reason to keep Layton titles and Dragon Quest IX in...

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Jakarta, Indonesia-based sister group JKT48 members Takajo Aki and Nakagawa Haruka are set to make their JKT48 stage debut on December 26th. On December 9th, Takajo and Nakagawa appeared on one of Indonesia’s most popular music programs, RCTI’s “d...

RocketNews24 Master Blaster

As a child I used to love going into the nearby field and searching for new insects. In my area the ultimate prize was a praying mantis, however, like most people, as I grew I came to be more and more uncomfortable around things with more than fou...

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