Daigo Umehara's Event Schedule 2015

- Canada Cup's Master Series [January 9-11]
- 5th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 18]
- Yonpahi radio show [January 23]
- 6th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 25]
- Taipei Game Show [Jan 31]
- Tokaigi 2015 [Feb 1]

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fuudo celebrating Halloween

From his tweet

Shining Resonance, DBFC demo planned for November 9

Sega announced today that it will hold a demo event for three of its upcoming games at Bellsalle Akihabara on November 9.

There'll be a playable demo of Phantasy Star Nova, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, and Shining Resonance, and participants will also receive a key holder, or a desk pad, or a clear file folder from the game they try.

For Shining Resonance demo, there'll be three chapters featuring the three of Excela's "Drago Machina" Trishula (at top of the prison), Gae Bolg (in forest) , Gungnir (at desert). Five characters are playable: Yuma, Sonia, Kirika, Rinna, Lesty, Agnum. There're two levels of difficulty (selectable).

It's also revealed that this Shining Resonance demo is exclusive to this event only (no online distribution).

Release date
November 13 - Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax
November 27 - Phantasy Star Nova
December 11 - Shining Resonance

First Blade Arcus tournaments announced

The game isn't out yet but Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus already has two tournaments planned!

November 9 (Sunday)
Blade Arcus launch tournament at Tokyo Leisure Land Akihabara

November 23 (Sunday)
The 1st Blade Arcus tournament at Ko-Hatsu game center in Osaka

Blade Arcus will be released in the arcades on November 5.

Blade Arcus releasing November 5

An Osaka game center announced today that Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus will be available on November 5.

New Umineko manga released on October 28

Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch, Vol. 2 was released on October 28.

This's the official English release of the manga, and the 8th volume.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni is a popular visual novel game that inspired anime (26 episodes), manga (45+ volumes), and Beast Note's best fighting game of all time Ougon Musou Kyoku.

For those who missed the previous releases, here are the links. Each volume has around 500 pages or more. They are available in both paperback and Kindle format.
  1. Umineko When They Cry, Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch, Vol. 1
  2. Umineko When They Cry, Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch, Vol. 2
  3. Umineko When They Cry, Episode 2: Turn of the Golden Witch, Vol. 1
  4. Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 2: Turn of the Golden Witch, Vol. 2
  5. Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 3: Banquet of the Golden Witch, Vol. 1
  6. Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 3: Banquet of the Golden Witch, Vol. 2
  7. Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch, Vol. 1

Thursday, October 30, 2014

So you're from Umehara's company

Funny tweet from MadCatz Japan.

Guy at MadCatz Japan: "I'm XX from MadCatz."
The guy we first met: "Oh, so you're from Umehara's company."

Apparently, signing Daigo Umehara is MadCatz's best marketing decision ever.

Update: The popular voice actress Kana Ueda replied this tweet with "This Ume-san is extremely cute (heart)"

Monday, October 27, 2014

New images of Shining Resonance preorder bonus

The official site of Shining Resonance has been updated today with new images of shop exclusive preorder bonus.

Those who import from Amiami will get this Excela mousepad.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus. 

Tales from the Creep - Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals

A day on fighting game stream....

And some people actually wonder why the FGC isn't getting the exposure it deserves.

For us, it's not about the games, it's about the presentation. If you present what you do professionally, people will also take you seriously. You must give audience the expectation of quality. We think the FGC should treat its stream like a product rather than "If you don't like it then it's your problem, it's free anyway, we owe you nothing."

We think the most effective way to grow a community is to make the viewers a part of the community. Converting viewers to players is a bonus. Sadly, some FGC VIPs actually think it's organizers and tournament players that counts–and they have love-hate relationship with the audience.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How to buy TOPANGA League ticket using PayPal

This's for people who can't pay for TOPANGA League ticket using credit card.

First of all, you need a Niconico account. Sign up if you don't have one. It's free.

1. Obtain WebMoney code. Either buy it online or ask your friend in Japan to buy from average convenient stores. You don't actually need the card, you need only the 16-character code. You can buy the code from Play-Asia using PayPal. The site is safe, but it's up to $20 more expensive than the actual value. Buy 5,000 points (5,000 yen) of WebMoney there, and then you should receive the code instantly.

2. Find the link that sells TOPANGA League ticket (such as this). Or look for big "Purchase Net Ticket" button which is on the stream pages, then choose the ticket you want to buy.

3. Next, you'll be informed that you don't have enough Niconico Point to pay. So you need to click "Purchase Point" button.

4. Let's say you want the season ticket that costs 3,500 points. Choose to buy 3,000 points first.

5. Choose WebMoney as payment method. (Click the logo.)

6. Confirm the amount.

7. Enter the 16-character WebMoney code and click the button to complete the payment.

8. Buy 500 points using the same method. (Enter the same 16-character code again.)

9. Now you have 3,500 Niconico points and ready to pay. Click "Purchase Net Ticket." There'll be two confirmation messages to click.

10. Done. You can now watch it live. If you want to watch the recorded stream, click yellow Timeshift button (there's one every stream page), then click red option. (A recorded stream will be ready 30 minutes after the live show.)

Warning: After spending 3,500 yen, your WebMoney code still has 1,500 yen left. Keep the code. You can use it in the future purchase. (You can check balance here.)

Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals Day 2 summary

- This tournament took place in Singapore
- Umehara confirmed for Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals
- Umehara participates USF4 Omega stage show at Sony booth
- Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals Day 1 summary
- Day 1 stream
- Day 2 stream
- Grand Final stream

Poongko 3-1 Humanbomb
Leslie 0-3 Humanbomb

*We don't know when did these matches above happen, we saw only results on stream.

Umehara (ERy U2) 3-0 Dark Jiewa (Ken U1)
2-1 *close 2R

Xian (Gen U1) 3-2 Dark Jiewa (Ken U1) 10029v
1-2 *perfet in 1R *close 3R (timeout)
1-2 *huge comeback with no health in 2R by Xian
2-1 *Jiewa went for timeout in 2R

Leslie (Zan U2) 0-3 Gackt (Fei U1)
1-2 (Leslie changed to Sag) *very close 1R

GamerBee (Ado U1) 1-3 Xian (Poi U1) 11725v
2-1 very close 1R
0-2 *GB failed to chipwin in 1R

- GamerBee played like he wanted to lose, for real.

Dark Jiewa (Ken) 1-3 Humanbomb (Sak)
2-1 close 2R

Umehara (ERy U2) 3-0 Leslie (Sag U1) 13001v

Poongko (Set U1) 2-3 Gackt (Fei U1)
1-2 *Gackt lost big lead in 2R
2-0 *almost perfect in 1R by Poongko *Gackt lost big lead in 2R
0-2 *Poongko lost big lead from zoompunch punish in 2R
0-2 *perfect in 1R by Gackt *almost perfect in 2R

Humanbomb (Sak U1) 3-0 Leslie (Sag U1) 12001v
2-1 close 2R

Dark Jiewa (Ken U1) 2-3 GamerBee (Ado U2)

Humanbomb (Poi U1) 0-3 Xian (Gen U2) 12682v
0-2 *very close 1R
1-2 (HB changed to Sak U2)

GamerBee (Ele U2) 3-0 Gackt (Fei U1) 13622
2-1 *close 1R *almost perfect in 2R by GB
2-1 (Gackt changed to ERy U2) nice comeback in 2R by GB

Umehara (ERy U2) 2-3 Poongko (Set U1) 16118v
2-0 *red focus absorbed ex tatsu but got reaction ex SRK'd finish MUST SEE 2R
0-2 *Ume lost big lead in 2R
2-0 *close 2R nice reaction EX SRK finish

- Umehara must not lose 3-0 this match, because there's still a chance that Xian will surpass him to 1st place due to GD. (14-3 vs. 9+3)
- Poongko won't get 2nd place even if he wins 3-0 this match, due to head-to-head result vs. Xian.

Xian (Zan U2) 0-3 Gackt (Fei U1) 14703v
1-2 *questionable okizeme at the end of this very close 3R
0-2 (Xian changed to Roleto U1)
0-2 (Xian changed to Poi U1)

- Xian just casually pulled a can of Red Bull off the fridge behind him after the first game.
- Xian said this's not collusion. (Though it appeared that it was, as the result of this match won't matter to him. Gackt will at least earn achievement of being 3rd place, which is good on profile.)
- The result of this match makes Poongko 4th place.
- The commentator said Red Bull is from Austria, despite the fact that it's from Thailand.

Player P W L GD
1 Umehara 7 6 1 +13
2 Xian 7 5 2 +6
3 Gackt 7 5 2 +5
4 Poongko 7 5 2 +4
5 GamerBee 7 3 4 -3
6 Humanbomb 7 3 4 +0
7 Leslie 7 1 6 -12
8 Dark Jiewa 7 0 7 -13

Umehara (ERy U2) 7-2 Xian (Gen UW) 16638
2-0 *lovely ex srk reaction finish in 2R
1-2 *mistake cost Ume 2R *Ume lost big lead in 3R
2-0 *Xian lost big lead in 2R
1-2 *Umedominated in 1R *mistake cost Ume 3R
2-1 *perfect in 1R AND 3R by Ume
2-1 *ex tatsu cost Ume 1R *nice FADC Ultra finish in 3R
2-0 *close 1R

- [Prematch interview] Umehara said Ultra W made Xian scary because he doesn't know what's coming.
- The rule forces Xian to win two sets of FT7.
- [Postmatch interview] Umehara said because this time his character is stronger while Gen become weaker, it makes the fight easier.
- [Postmatch interview] Xian gave credit to Umehara as it's not character alone that's strong.
- Ume-smile after the match (pic taken by Ono)
- Umehara is now guaranteed to compete in Capcom Cup 2014 which will be held on December 13.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals Day 1 summary

Poongko (Set) 3-0 Dark Jiewa (Ken)

Umehara (ERy U2) 3-0 GamerBee (Ele U2)
2-0 *U2 finish in 1R by Ume
2-0 *dominated in 2R

Poongko (Set UW) 0-3 Xian (Gen U1)
1-2 *Super>Ultra won Xian 3R
0-2 perfect in 2R
1-2 nice raw ultra punishing zoom punch in 2R by Xian

Dark Jiewa (Ken U1) 1-3 Leslie (Sag U1) *9900 viewers
0-2 *close 1R/2R
2-0 *very close 1R
0-2 *Jiewa tried to use U2 to go through fireball ...he forgot he chose U1

Umehara (ERy U2) 3-2 Humanbomb (Sak U2) *11400 viewers
1-2 *nice comeback in 1R by Ume *perfectd in 2R by HB *close 3R
2-0 *intense 2R (fireball FADC won him)

GamerBee (Ado U2) 2-3 Poongko (Set UW) 10246v
2-0 (Poongko changed to Cam U1) Poongko just couldn't do anything
1-2 (changed back to Set UW)

Umehara (ERy U2) 3-1 Gackt (Fei U1) 11421v
0-2 *close 1R
2-0 *nice comeback in 2R
2-0 *amazing kara raging demon finish in 2R
2-1 *nice comeback in 3R

Leslie (Sag U2) 1-3 Xian (Poi U1) 12304v
2-1 *very close 1R

Humanbomb (Poi U1) 3-0 GamerBee (Ele U2) 12406v
2-0 very close 1R

Umehara (ERy U2) 3-1 Xian (Gen UW) 13968v
2-1 *dominated in 1R by Ume *big comeback in 3R
2-1 *nice kara demon finish big comeback in 1R *close 2R
0-2 *Ume lost big lead in both R
2-0 *raging demon to rescue 2R

Humanbomb (Sak U1) 1-3  Gackt (Fei U1) 12778v

Leslie (Sag U1) 1-3 GamerBee (Ado U1) 11277v

Dark Jiewa (Ken U1) 2-3 Gackt (Fei U1)
2-1 *close 2R
1-2 *very close 3R

Poongko (Set U1) 3-2 Leslie (Sag U1) 11135v
2-1 input error cost Poongko 1R
1-2 nice comeback in 2R by Poongko
1-2 intense 3R
2-1 *well played for Poongko in 3R

Player P W L GD
1 Umehara 4 4 0 +8
2 Poongko 4 3 1 +2
3 Xian 3 2 1 +3
4 Gackt 3 2 1 +1
5 Humanbomb 3 1 2 +0
6 Leslie 4 1 3 -3
7 GamerBee 4 1 3 -5
8 Dark Jiewa 3 0 3 -6

Correction: The result was right but the table was wrong for GamerBee placing We apologize for confusion.

USF4 Omega Edition stage exhibitions in Singapore summary

This's Omega Edition

Xian (Blanka U1) vs. Umehara (Zangief U1)
Xian (Chun U1) vs. Umehara (Ryu U1)
Xian (Ken U2) vs. Umehara (Guile U2)

Umehara (Dha) vs. random guy (Ryu)
Umehara (Hon) vs. random girl (Chun)
Umehara (Ryu) vs. random guy (Bla)
2-0 *nice crMP rolling punish in 2R

Blade Arcus lets you build relationship with your characters

It's revealed that Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus features "Good Feeling Degree" system similar to Shining RPG series.

Since play data and statistics can be saved using Aime arcade card, Blade Arcus players can impress the in-game characters by just playing. Each character has his/her own relationship value and the value will affect things such as in-game cut-in. However, it won't affect parameters or strength. (It's only for visuals.)

Beside the relationship system, players can also earn in-game currency which is used to unlock color palettes and voices.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Project Diva F 2nd gets Xiaomei costume

It's announced that MEIKO in Project Diva F 2nd will get Xiaomei costume DLC on October 30.

Xiaomei first appeared in Shining Hearts and is playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus. Her new figure is coming in January.

Last location test of Blade Arcus announced

It's announced today that the last location test (which is the third) of Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus will be held around one week starting from today (October 23) at Club Sega Akihabara, Sega Kagurazaka, Club Sega Shinjuku Nishiguchi.

  • High Jump has been added (Quickly tap Up then Down) *Not all characters can High Jimp
  • Throw escape (throw tech) has been added (Press A+B)
  • Flash Standing has been introduced (Press A or B or C when down) *was there since 2nd location test
  • Offensive Force command has been changed (now Press A+C)
  • Defensive Force command has been changed (now Back + A+C)
  • It appears that Support Link Attack cannot be used when blocking now
  • Command D+A (Weak Support Link Attack) has been removed
  • Link Force Attack input timing is now "when Super Force Action hits the opponent"
  • Some moves have been modified for some characters
  • HUD has been tweaked

  • The battle planner of Under Night In-Birth and Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax went to try the game today.
  • It seems like the last boss is your characters in evil mode.
  • It's reported that Itabashi Zangief and Eita are credited as one of the Special Adviser at the credit roll.
  • No new character has been revealed.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[DBFC] Dokuro-chan, Accelerator, Izaya Orihara previewed

A new video showing 3 new support characters Dokuro-chan (Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan), Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index), Izaya Orihara (Durarara!) is posted today.

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will be released on November 13 for PS3 and PS Vita.

New Shining Resonance promo posted

A new Shining Resonance promo movie is posted today by Sega, although it's just the old one from Tokyo Game Show 2014 with Jenius properly introduced.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus. 

Kotobukiya announces new Sakuya Mode Seraphim

Kotobukiya announced today that it will release The Radiant Seraph Sakuya Mode Seraphim from Shining Ark in March 2015. The 35cm tall 1/6 scale figure is priced at 16,800 yen. The preorder starts today.

From Shining RPG series, Sakuya appears in many forms and it looks like almost all of them is getting a figure.
Sakuya is playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus. She will appear in 3 modes: Mode Noir, Mode Grune (as a super move), and Mode Crimson (as a super move).

Figures from Shining series is one of the most successful in the business.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Shining Resonance info

The official site has been updated.

  • Jenius is officially pronounced "Jiinasu" in Japanese.
  • Our speculation was right, he's voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya (Araragi from Monogatari series)
  • Kamiya voices Rick in Shining Hearts and Fried in Shining Ark. Both are protagonist.
  • He's powerful dragon slayer who works alone.
  • His class is Sword Master
  • Susanoo is the name of his Japanese sword.
  • The description says "Is he ally or enemy? (But we saw him attack Yuma in the opening scene, and the voice actor will appear on the enemy side in Shining Fan Festa.)

  • Marga is the capital city of Astria Kingdom.
  • The country is on Alfheim Island which is a sacred ground with history.
  • Liselotte (picture above) sells items, materials, and Skill Pieces. She'll also be at each camp.
  • Rapple's alchemy workshop offers you synthesis service. He can make both items and Skill Pieces from your materials.
  • Ryle's tuning workshop offers you Tuning service for Yuma's sword and Armonix. This's the only place you can do the Tuning. However, you can add Skill Pieces whenever you want.
  • At The Seagull Cottage (inn), you can rest to restore HP/MP or access the library.
  • At library, you can view event CGs or tutorials. You can also view unlockable 3D character models (including zoom and rotate). It seems you need the monster "figure" for its model. This figures are drop item.
  • It looks like the Lucky Egg in the city works like Gachapon (capsule toy vending machine) which also gives figures.
  • You can accept quests from NPCs with quest icon.

New characters and voice actors
  • Hikaru Midorikawa (Sanada from Persona 3) voices Shin Kouryu (the true form of Shining Dragon).
  • Midorikawa voices a character in Shining Wind/Hearts/Blade.
  • Hideyuki Tanaka (Otakon from Metal Gear series) voices Albert, the king of Astria Kingdom (Sonia's father). (Albert is pronounced French way)
  • Unshou Ishizuka (Joseph from JoJo Stardust Crusaders) voices Burroughs, the leader of the knights of Astria Kingdom and also Sonia's sword instructor.

Twitter page updared
  • New Twitter icons and headers have been added.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

DBFC control and character tutorial video posted

The PS3/Vita version of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will be released on November 13.











Kana Ueda puts Umehara in MH4G

The popular voice actress Kana Ueda (Rin Tohsaka from Fate/Stay night) just named her cat minion in Monster Hunter 4G "Umehara" after seeing its Beast trend.

(from her tweet)

[DBFC] Akira & Pai intro video posted

Thursday, October 16, 2014

[DBFC] Selvaria & Alicia intro video posted

Sega posted introduction video of Selvaria Bles and Alicia Melchiott in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax today. The characters were announced during Tokyo Game Show.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New images of Shining Resonance shop exclusive preorder bonus

Five new images of shop exclusive preorder bonus of Shining Resonance.

Kirika wall scroll (72cm long) at Sofmap

Excela wall scroll (72cm long) at Gamers

Rinna cloth poster (84cm long) at Imagine

Marion pillow cover at Animate

Sonia wall scroll (72cm long) at WonderGOO

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Umehara MCZ T-shirt in Inou Battle episode 2

Daigo Umehara's Mad Catz T-shirt was spotted in anime Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de (When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace) episode 2 that was aired early this week.

This romantic comedy anime is about a group of high school students who possess superpowers such as time or elements manipulation. The protagonist is wearing the T-shirt in the picture.

See also

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Razer Bon-chan appears!

So just hours after taking our advice, Razer promptly signed Bon-chan?

Look at the T-shirt he's wearing tonight.

MadCatz am cry? Now Razer has the better Fei Long AND Sagat.

And Bon-chan still has no sponsor. Why.

This's not the first time we write about this.

There must be some strange reason that Bon-chan still has no sponsor.

We're not just looking at the best Sagat in the world here, but currently one of the strongest players in the world with achievements, and also a respectable person with fanbase.

Now look at MCZ Mago, who is widely known in the JFGC for having bottom-tier mentality. The self-proclaimed 2DGOD can't get good result and also can't teach. He was defeated 5 times in the latest tournament (Isshuu Sengeki), winning 0 match. (We also think he uses half-baked Yang because he wants to impress his lovely student.)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Isshu Sengeki Hai Finals summary

- Taito announced first USF4 tournaments
- Isshuu Sengeki Hai revealed
- Umehara confirmed for Isshuu Sengeki Hai Tokyo qualifier
- Isshu Sengeki Hai Tokyo qualifiers summary
- Stream links and time schedule
- Finals brackets
- Isshu Sengeki Hai official page
- Famitsu event report


Double Dragon 2-3 Shakariki Dynamic
Kyoku (Yan) 1-2 Dath (Vip) *close 3R
Ojisan (Abe) 0-2 Dath (Vip)
Cabbage (Vip U2) 2-0 Dath (Vip U1) *U2 finish in 2R
Cabbage (Vip U1) 2-0 Tarezou (Ado U2)
Cabbage (Vip U1) 1-2 Score (Yun U1) *Cabbage missed Ultra, cost him 1R

Karu... 0-3 FGC Raijin
(DJ U2) 1-2 Amiyu (Gen U2)
Karu (Cam U1) 0-2 Amiyu (Gen U1)
Ninomae (Ros U2) 0-2 Amiyu (Gen U2)

Kachitagari 3-1 Ultra Kaiser Phoenix
Fuudo (Fei U1) 2-1 MDR (Ruf U1) *close 3R
Fuudo (Fei U1) 2-0 (Ibu U2)
Fuudo (Fei U1) 1-2 (Sagat U1) *close 2R
Bon-chan (Sag U2) 2-1 (Sagat U2) *close 2R

Mad Catz 3-2 Chima
Mago (Yan U2) 1-2 Itabashi Zangief (Zan U1)
Tokido (Aku U2) 2-0 Itabashi Zangief (Zan U1)
Tokido (Aku U1) 2-0 Nekojita (Abe U1)
Tokido (Aku U2) 0-2 Eita (Aku U2) *nice RFADC U2 finish in 3R
Umehara (ERy U1) 2-1 Eita (Aku U2)

Shakariki Dynamic 3-1 Kachitagari
Dath (Vip U1) 2-1 Kazunoko (Yun U1) *Kaz's big slip in last 2 rounds
Dath (Vip U1) 2-1 Bon-chan (Sag U1) *close 1R
Dath (Vip U1) 0-2 Fuudo (Fei U1)
Tarezou (Ado U2) 2-1 Fuudo (Fei U1)

FGC Raijin 1-3 Mad Catz
Hagejin (Zan U2) 2-1 Mago (Yan U2)
Hagejin (Zan U2) 0-2 Umehara (ERy U1)
Gachi-kun (Sag U1) 1-2 Umehara (ERy U1) *close 1R/2R
Amiyu (Gen U2) 0-2 Umehara (ERy U2)

Shakariki Dynamic 3-0 Mad Catz
Tarezou (Ado U2) 2-1 Mago (Yan U1)
Tarezou (Ado U2) 2-1 Tokido (Aku U1)
Tarezou (Ado U1) 2-1 Umehara (ERy U1)

- Special Awards (50,000 yen) go to team Chima and Mad Catz.
- Team Mad Catz won 100,000 yen.
- Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits announced for smartphone. Coming this Winter in Japan.

Momochi (Ken U2) 1-2 Hagejin (Zan U2)
1-2 *close 2R
- Hagejin could've won since game 2. He shut down Momochi.
Umehara (ERy U2) 2-0 Mago (Yan U2)
Nishikin (Bla U2) 2-0 Cabbage (Vip U1)
2-1 perfect in 3R
2-1 *Nishikin's unsafe move cost him 2R
KoujiKOG (Haw) 1-2 Shimauta (Ibu)
0-2Meu (Mak U1) 0-2 Kazunoko (Yun U1)
1-2 *perfect in 2R
Ninomae (Ros U2) 1-2 Nekojita (Abe U1)
1-2 *nice RFA in 3R
0-2EBI (Hak U1) 2-0 Santarou (Sag U1)
Furikuri2 (Ruf U1) 1-2 Bon-chan (Sag U1)
2-1 *comeback in 3R
0-2 *almost perfect in 1R
Hagejin (Zan U2) 2-0 Umehara (ERy U1)
2-1 *close 2R
2-1 *Ume missed input and lost 3 bars with RFA
[Losers] Furikuri2 (Ruf U1) 2-1 Umehara (ERy U1)
2-1 *very close 3R
2-0 *almost perfect in 1R *Ume just threw 2R with SRK
- A bad display from Umehara today.

The commentators/MC team before tournament
Karipaku, Yoshida, Kuramochi drinking beer already before tournament

Thank you Taito
Thank you Taito for organizing these large scale tournaments and stream for free (3 separated streams even). They seem to make little to no profit for promoting USF4 (indirectly promote their arcade chain) which is also on consoles. The prize money is big, too.

Capcom Japan, who is infamous for treating the community badly and give no prize money, would've tried to find a way to charge us, like they did in 2012.

Kokujin @Wedding

Meanwhile in Nagoya, while top players are about to compete in USF4 nationals in Tokyo, the famous Street Fighter III player Kokujin is in his own wedding. (He apparently got married several months ago but wedding is today.)

Nuki and KSK are also there.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Shining merchandise released

New wave of Shining character goods are being sold in some shops in Japan (and already soldout in some place).

Here are some of them.

Clear file folder of Melty

Clear poster of Sakuya: Mode Seraphim

Both Melty and Sakuya are playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

USF4 coming to Vita/PS TV next week

It's announced that PS Vita and PS TV users in North America will be able to play Ultra Street Fighter IV starting from October 14, with the help of PS Now streaming service.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shining Fan Festa 2014 outline

A big wave of new information has been revealed today.

Concert part (song list)
  • Shining Tears by Souichirou Hoshi from Shining Tears
  • Heart-shaped chant by Nana Mizuki from Shining Wind
  • Juujika no Spread by Nana Mizuki from Shining Force Cross
  • Kiseki no Melodia by Nana Mizuki from Shining Ark
  • Kokoro ni Todoku Uta by Lia from Shining Hearts
  • Lorelei no Uta by Lia from Shining Blade
  • Awake by Asami Shimoda from Shining Force Cross Elysion
  • R.E.D. by Satomi Akesaka from Shining Force Cross Exlesia Zenith
  • Niji no Senritsu by Kirika & Sonia (Saori Hayami & Asami Seto) from Shining Resonance
  • Possible a brand new song

Drama part
  • Interdimension Bakery staring Fried and Shannon (the two and their cart is warped into another dimensions.)
  • Fighting drama staring Pairon, Fenrir and Sakuya (based on Blade Arcus setting)
  • Cooking battle drama staring various characters (bread vs. steamed bun with meat filling)

New works introduction part
  • Shining Resonance talk show part A (ally team) featuring Nobunaga Shimazaki, Saori Hayami, Asami Seto
  • Shining Resonance talk show part B (enemy team) featuring Souichirou Hoshi, Nana Mizuki, Hiroshi Kamiya*
  • Arcade work introduction (possible new Blade Arcus information)

*Now we learn that Kamiya voices an unannounced character (is he the samurai in the OP?)

Video Games World Cup announced

Something called Video Games World Cup is announced today.

Our summary
  • An online league will be formed for each sub tournament (42) in each country (said 180+)
  • Up to 128 players compete each week for 29 weeks
  • Winner of each week and top ranker qualify for national finals
  • You can pay $30 each week for the chance (You keep the points)
  • National champions qualify for continental finals (June 22-28, 2015)
  • Continental champions take free trip (flight+hotel) to "World Cup Finals"
  • "World Cup Finals" will be in New York, July 3-5, 2015
  • Promise big money .....but only if there're enough players
  • Website isn't properly constructed
  • Games including "Street Fighter IV" (from the cover) not Ultra
  • "Tekken" (what Tekken?)
  • Starcraft II "Wings of Liberty" (from the cover) not Heart of the Swarm
  • It's organized by French?

Yes, it looks fishy and unlikely to live up to its name. We don't see 128 Japanese players paying $30 each week in a USF4 tournament, let alone Tekken or any other game.

Virtua Fighter in Sega Hardware Girl anime

The first episode of Hi-Scoool! Sega Hardware Girl anime that was aired last night has something to do with Virtua Fighter.

The anime revolves around girls who are all Moe anthropomorphisms of Sega's hardwares. In this first episode the girls (Saturn, Dreamcast, Mega Drive) get to know each other in the school and learn about Virtua Fighter. They go inside the game's world and story will continue next episode.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Isshu Sengeki Hai Finals stream details

It's revealed that Isshu Sengeki Hai Finals scheduled for this Saturday will be streamed on Niconico, Ustream, and Twitch TV. The stream will start at 13:00 JST.


Time schedule
12:00 - Door open
13:00 - Opening ceremony
13:10 - 3 on 3 admission
13:30 - 3 on 3 finals
15:20 - 3 on 3 award ceremony
15:40 - Break
16:00 - Singles admission
16:20 - Singles finals
19:00 - Singles award ceremony
19:15 - Closing ceremony

Daigo Umehara will compete in both single and team tournament.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HBD Orie

Happy Birthday Orie!

New PS3/Vita DBFC promo posted, 3 new supports confirmed

A new promo of PS3/PS Vita version of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax was posted yesterday. It's now confirmed that the 3 new support characters announced on Sunday will also be in it (Dokuro-chan (Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan), Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index), Izaya Orihara (Durarara!)).

New Shining Resonance info (Drago Machina)

From Dengeki

- Her gorgeous polygon model is showed.
- Her life changes after meeting with Yuma.
- She's very popular in her nation for her beautiful nobleness and the power to stop civil war (implying that there was a civil war in The Empire).

Three Spears of the Imperial Princess
  • We have a closer look of Excela's man-made dragons "Drago Machina" (from The Church's experiment).
  • The dragons have personalities and are intelligent. They can speak human language and give Excela advices.
  • Fire dragon with mane of fire, Trishula is brave and wild. He's Excela's dragon of choice for offensive operations.
  • Trishula is voiced by Tetsu Inada (Ira Gamagoori in Kill la Kill).
  • Inada voices Fenrir and Isaac in Blade Arcus and Zinga in Shining Ark.
  • Wraped in solid crystal armor, Ice dragon Gae Bolg is a calm and composed thinker. He's in charge of protecting Excela.
  • Gae Bolg is voiced by Yasunori Masutani. (He voices a character in Shining Tears/Blade.)
  • Thunder dragon with body that generates electricity, Gungnir is silent and has a strong sense of virtue. He acts fast, just like Beatrice, and they undertake intel missions together many times.
  • Gungnir is voiced by Masaya Takatsuka. (He voice characters in Shining Force III and Shining Blade.)

  • The scene showed during TGS is explained.
  • Sonia rescues Yuma, then they meet Excela who orders Trishula to attack them.

Kizuna Diagram
  • New personalities can be obtained by scenario progress or interations between characters.
  • "Rival type" Kizuna will mainly add attacking actions while "Friend type" will mainly add supportive actions.
  • The more time you spend on a Kizuna the stronger it gets, as indicated by the slots under each Kizuna, except Negative Power. (Not sure if a Kizuna can become weaker by not using it or by using opposite Kizuna.)
  • Character positions in the diagram can be rearranged. That means you can choose who/whom to form a Kizuna or not.

  • A Resonance occurs under a certain condition such as when attacking, when taking damage, when (enemy) under Break status.

Night Event
  • A Night Event can occur in during camping or in town.
  • Crescent moon icon on a character indicates that she/he is ready for a Night Event. Use "Stare" option to proceed.
  • (from this) Kirika "If I have to, what kind of cloth do you think I should wear?" 1. Rinna-style 2. Agnum-style 3. Armor like Sonia's

  • Heart icon on a character indicates that she/he has an appointment with you. Use "Stare" option to proceed.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

3 new support characters announced for DBFC

It's announced today during Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival 2014 event that Dokuro-chan (Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan), Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index), Izaya Orihara (Durarara!) will be added to the arcade version of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax as a support character.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Shining Resonance shop exclusive preorder bonus revealed

Sega revealed list of shop exclusive preorder bonus of Shining Resonance today. Here are some samples.

Kirika wall scroll (72cm long) at Sofmap

Excela wall scroll (72cm long) at Gamers

Rinna cloth poster (84cm long) at Imagine

Marion pillow cover at Animate

Sonia wall scroll (72cm long) at WonderGOO

For those who plan to import from Amiami, the bonus is a mousepad.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Shining Resonance info (Tuning)

From Famitsu.

  • Despite being on the same side, Zest and The Empire don't share the same motive. He's difficult to control even by his boss Georg (leader of Beowulf).
  • His weapon is twin magic gunblade named Amphisbaena.
  • His main technique is "self-taught dark martial arts."

  • Her description is "elf who hides in the moonlight." 
  • She serves Excela closely.
  • It sounds like her tragic past forces her to become evil. (Basically the racism (Elf vs. Dark Elf))
  • Her main technique is Dark Ninjutsu.

Armonix Tuning
  • It appears that a Tuning works as a growth formula. (Not a point allotment system as we first thought.) That means even each character has only one weapon for the entire game, you can alter its parameters by switching between Tunings. A Tuning can also grant a passive skill to the weapon, like Max MP Up or adding Fire or Ice attribute.
  • You level up (rank up) these Tunings separately.
  • You can obtain a new Tuning by completing a quest given by a minstrel NPC named Fernando.
  • But eventually you'll find a better Tuning, and that forces you to level up the new Tuning.
  • Each kind of Tuning has a number of Skill Slots.
  • Skill Slots allow you to attach Skill Pieces to it. (Like Max HP +10%)
  • You can't attach Skill Piece of the same name, but similar effect is allowed.
  • Naturally, it's better to have a Tuning that has more number of Skill Slots.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.