Archive for June, 2010

Namco Bandai: The End of the Tales Series? [Article Outdated]


This article is outdated. Take the information presented at your own risk. I thought I’d make this clear as the article has been getting quite the amount of views. [October 2011]

Tales Studio, the Namco Bandai subsidiary responsible for the long running Tales series of RPGs, has been revealed to be in dire financial straits.

The company is 100% privately held by Namco Bandai, so its public reporting of accounts is limited, but what it has published recently is none too promising:

These figures essentially show an annual loss of 1 million dollars and an accumulated debt of 21 million dollars, exceeding their total assets – the company will either go bankrupt, “restructure,” or go cap in hand to Bandai bosses begging for more cash based on promises of future success – which may be problematic considering the size of the loss they are dealing with themselves.

An alternative might be a re-absorption into Namco Bandai, although this would notBankruptcy guarantee any success in actually tackling the decline of the franchise.

Even amongst Japanese RPGs the Tales series stands out as being devoid of innovation and consisting of little more than an interminable series of rehashes, remakes and spin-offs. Whether the company’s decline can be arrested before bankruptcy or dissolution seems doubtful considering its parent company is hardly managed any better.

Source:  SankakuComplex

To start off the Tales series is my favorite series in the RPG genre. I fell in love with the series with my first game of it being Tales of Symphonia for the Gamecube. So of course seeing news like this makes me rather nervous. Jrpgs have been in decline in Japan and with that said, way more in america obviously.

While the game series follows the same route with every game. IE the storyline follows the characters finding some source of evil, pursing it and at the end brining peace back to the world. While it may be the same to a point, each game has it’s own unique characters, development, and even how it leads up to the points followed in each game.

This is something I will indeed be keeping an eye on. If the series really ends up in a position where no more tales series will be created, it will really be a day of despair for people who love the RPG series.


Xbox 360: A Failure Reproduced as a Slim Failure


Reports of Xbox 360 hardware failures are already surfacing in some numbers, suggesting Microsoft may yet maintain its unrivalled reputation for producing quality hardware, despite cunningly removing the red LED from the unit in order to “solve” the RRoD problem.

Overheating problems seem to be the major issue, resulting in quite severe problems.

Possibly Microsoft would have done better to wait until the winter…

Another user apparently demonstrates the handy propensity of the unit to shut itself off in order to avoid heat damage:

The red ring of death has reportedly been upgraded to a green dot of death, just one of the many reasons the Xbox 360 Slim is fast shaping up to be an essential purchase.

Source:  Sankaku Complex

Well this just goes to show that microsoft is all about the money. They put out a new version of the original Xbox in a slim version, that results with the same exact issues as the original fat. The only upside is it has built in wifi. Wow that saves you the money of spending $100 just to have wifi, as the original needed. But I’m sure the new issue of over heating that will cause the system to break down much faster, even with the damn auto shut down feature. Which I’m sure will piss a lot of people off when they are in a game and the system want’s to temporarily shut down on them.

There seems to be a lot wrong with this company. It seems they are putting their competitive (IE, they more or less made the slim to combat the Sony PS3 slim.) above quality. It really makes me wonder why the mass of americans perfer the Xbox over the Playstation 3 which has minor to no issues but I guess that’s all a matter of opinion.

I wonder how many more issues will arrive with this new slim but as any one can guess it will get worse. It is microsoft after all and they are known for their predictable quality.

Multi-National Manga Anti-Piracy Coalition Formed


San Francisco, CA, June 8, 2010 – Today a coalition of Japanese and U.S. publishers announced a coordinated effort to combat a rampant and growing problem of internet piracy plaguing the manga industry. “Scanlation,” as this form of piracy has come to be known, refers to the unauthorized digital scanning and translation of manga material that is subsequently posted to the internet without the consent of copyright holders or their licensees. According to the coalition, the problem has reached a point where “scanlation aggregator” sites now host thousands of pirated titles, earning ad revenue and/or membership dues at creators’ expense while simultaneously undermining foreign licensing opportunities and unlawfully cannibalizing legitimate sales. Worse still, this pirated material is already making its way to smartphones and other wireless devices, like the iPhone and iPad, through apps that exist solely to link to and republish the content of scanlation sites.

Participants in the coalition include the 36 members of Japan’s Digital Comic Association, Square Enix, Viz Media, TOKYOPOP, Vertical, Inc., the Tuttle-Mori Agency and Yen Press. Working together, the membership of the coalition will actively seek legal remedies to this intellectual property theft against those sites that fail to voluntarily cease their illegal appropriation of this material.

“It is unfortunate that this action has become necessary,” said a spokesperson for the group. “However, to protect the intellectual property rights of our creators and the overall health of our industry, we are left with no other alternative but to take aggressive action. It is our sincere hope that offending sites will take it upon themselves to immediately cease their activities. Where this is not the case, however, we will seek injunctive relief and statutory damages. We will also report offending sites to federal authorities, including the anti-piracy units of the Justice Department, local law enforcement agencies and FBI.”

The coalition stated that it has currently identified thirty sites targeted for action.

Participant members of the Digital Comic Association include: Akane Shinsha, Akita Shoten, ASCII Media Works, East Press, Ichijinsha, Enterbrain, Okura Shuppan, Ohzora Shuppan, Gakken, Kadokawa Shoten, Gentosha Comics, Kodansha, Jitsugyo No Nihonsha, Shueisha, Junet, Shogakukan, Shogakukan Shueisha Production, Shodensha, Shonen Gahosha, Shinshokan, Shinchosa, Take Shobo, Tatsumi Shuppan, Tokuma Shoten, Nihon Bungeisha, Hakusensha, Fujimi Shobo, Fusosha, Futabasha, France Shoin, Bunkasha, Houbunsha, Magazine House, Media Factory, Leed sha, Libre Shuppan

Source: Anime News Network

It seems they finally snapped, so what exactly does this spell out for those of us that like to read over the internet rather than going out and spending the money on it. (Yes we’re cheap bastards) Whether this truly starts affecting us is rather unknown but it is doubtful that it will. After all they do the same with anime yet look it’s still all over the place, of course not including the shit company known as funimation who enjoy lawsuites everyday. So for those who read manga everyday, keep a close eye on your sites as they may be soon terminated.

Evangelion 2.0 You can (Not) Advance


DvD/BD Sales

SankakuComplex

Surpassing initial expectations, Evangelion 2.22 has outsold even the mouldering corpse of Michael Jackson to become the best selling Blu-ray ever.

Oricon statistics show that in its first week the movie’s Blu-ray release sold a magnificent 357,000 copies, the best selling Blu-ray ever in Japan – the runner up being the zombie prince of pederasty Michael Jackson, with his posthumously released “This Is It” garnering only a pathetic 351,000 copies.

Combined DVD and Blu-ray sales are already said to have reached 640,000 – the best selling “anime” anime of all time, and the 14th best selling anime ever – only mass market Ghibli and Disney animation boasts higher sales in Japan.

Impressions

This movie was by far one of the greatest movies I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. At first I believed it would continue on it’s path and be a recap movie however I was proved wrong big time. The series itself changed drastically with only minor parts from the original series being in it. The movie had not only new angels, new evas but even a new pilot, Mari. To eva fans or even to those who don’t know of evangelion (If your an anime fan not knowing of this series would be rather hard to believe) should definetly check out this movie.

10/10

Now all that’s left is the long wait for the third movie.