Thursday, October 16, 2014

GameStart Asia 2014!

So 1 week from now, I will most probably be helping out at GameStart's PlayStation Arena to host the 3v3 Guilty Gear Xrd team tournament and also introduce the game to others. The Guilty Gear Fighting game series had been a rather big part of my life at one point long ago so naturally I am excited to catch a glimpse of its newest edition.  It's gonna be big, it's gonna be exciting, it's gonna be a lot of catching up with players I haven't seen in at least half a friggin' decade.

I'm being an old man here, but it's incredible to see how fighting games has grown, with companies actively reaching out to our small communities and supporting in various events and tournaments. All this was really but a dream back then.

Anyway, back to GameStart. It has quite a number of interesting events to watch out for as far as fighting games are concerned. On top of the Guilty Gear Xrd 3on3, we also have Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost tournament (thanks to Bandai Namco) and the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter will also be there.

Outside of that, there's a few company booths I would most definitely drop by (like INZEN dundundun!! ^o^) as well as a few games I would be interested in looking at, and of course cosplays.

Seems like a swell weekend ahead ^^

Monday, October 13, 2014

AFA2014 Anisong lineup thoughts

December is finally around the corner and that means Anime Festival Asia is around the corner, which also means Anisong 2014. By a couple of weeks ago, they have announced the performers coming over so here are some late random thoughts two weeks after.

So here's the lineup...
Friday - angela, Kitamura Eri, Horie Yui, DJ Kazu
Saturday - LiSA, fripside, The IDOLM@STER, yanaginagi
Sunday - Eir Aoi, GARNiDELiA, May'n, ROOT FIVE

Firstly I'm going to skip DJ Kazu and Root FIVE. I'm not exactly familiar with them so I won't comment. I know Root Five sang songs from Fairy Tail and I think the new Saint Seiya? I watched neither though...

Despite that, for me, this is quite possibly the best Anisong lineup yet. Usually when I go to Anisong, I would only got for 1 day or 2 days at most, but this time I will go for all 3 days. Not much of choice there.

Looking at Friday, we have angela. Well, I don't have to go into details for them. They have visited Singapore quite a few times already and their performances have been solid. What surprised me the most though, and also what I really want to see on Friday, is Kitamura Eri (I'll usually just call her BakaEri because of the roles she play as a seiyuu) and Horie Yui (hocchan). I think BakaEri and hocchan has been touring together a bit recently and it was BakaEri's dream to...well let's just say hocchan is her idol. 

But man, hocchan in Singapore? It's almost unthinkable. I can't say that I'm a fan of her but I occasionally like her songs, and like what she's doing for like the past decade.  And my god, she's already 38 but she looks exactly the same as her pictures at the back of my Love Hina mangas.

Saturday is very solid too. LiSA have been visiting Singapore and their popularity boomed with Fate/Zero and Sword Art Online a couple of years back. fripside is mostly my goal for that day though, mainly because I wasn't in Singapore when they first visited. I don't know much about yanaginagi, but the few songs I know that she sang were incredible and I look forward to her performance. 

Probably the biggest thing on Saturday is THE IDOLM@STER. Some of the cast is coming over and this a few things for the past 2 weeks. I'll just say that there are some good stuff and also some bad stuff going on among its fans just glancing over my Facebook. Regardless, there is a lot of reaction and I can't wait to see them perform too. I only played the PS3 version of the game that my friend 'dumped' at me (lol). Probably gonna look out of Imai Asami (Mingosu!). She has a sensational voice that occasionally reminds me of minorin's. Like there are parts where they really sound alike and it gets hard to tell the difference. Hopefully I don't offend anyone with that comment though, it's meant to be a good thing and it's only my opinion.

Anyway, back to topic.

Sunday can really go either way. It can be slightly disappointing or REALLY CRAZY. Eir Aoi is a fantastic powerful singer that almost destroyed the sound system and subsequently my ears last year. Probably at this point, she's my favorite singer of all those who are coming over. May'n is...well, May'n. She has been here since the very first AFA and has a huge array of songs. She surprised me last year singing the Omnimusha Souls main theme which I happen to know was our competitor's game lol. GARNiDELiA is a relatively new group. I only know one song from them and that is the Kill la Kill second opening 'ambiguous' so that would be a great combination with Eir Aoi (since she sang a couple of Kill la Kill songs as well). 

But really, I wanted to see FLOW perform again. The last time I saw them perform, they were fantastic live and memorable due to their ability to incite the crowd with their charisma, personalities and character. I think the whole concert will explode if they sing CHA-LA-HEAD-CHA-LA this year. Wow, I can't wait.

In closing, this line up is really amazing and I can't wait for it this December ^^