Sunday, March 10, 2013

Macross30 and Sword Art

While I was visiting Tokyo in February, these were some of the highlighted anime and video games that were featured at the time.  Best part is that I want to see all of these or wouldn't mind playing them if they were ever translated into English!  There were also many ads for the new Dragon Quest VII game being released on the 3DS.

Sword Art Online
This was the smash hit last year about being trapped in an online RPG.  There were some elements I thought were unrealistic, but I really enjoyed the storyline and Kirito is actually a great character.  During the visiti I ran across ads for the new PSP video game Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment that is releaseing on March 14th, 2013. The video game apparently is about investigating a mysterious, corrupted version of the Aincrad floating castle's top floors.  Should be fun for the fans, but no English translation is probably coming.

Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy 
This video game for the PS3 brings together characters from every Macross series for an original story.  The 30 is for the 30th anniversary of the Macross anime series created by Shoji Kawamori and the game was released on February 28, 2013 just before I arrived in Tokyo.  I really like the Macross Frontier reboot of the franchise and we'll never get an English version of this game or the anime.  This is one of those things that annoys me the most as we'll never see any of this due to the Harmony Gold licensing issues in North America. 

The video game is an extension of the PSP action / rpg games, but jazzed up for the PS3.  The game is set one year after Macross Frontier on the planet Ouroboros.  S.M.S. pilot Leon Sagaki is shot down in his VF-25 Messiah, but rescued by the heroine Aisha Blanchette, the young Zentradi head of S.M.S.'s branch on Ouroboros.  Leon joins forces with Aisha to investigate the planet and adventures obviously ensue.  The planet has weird space/time distortions and this is probably how you get some crossover with all of the Macross characters I would suspect. 

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