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Group A-1:

  • 1. 367 – Hagimura Suzu @ Seitokai Yakuindomo
  • 2. 289 – Ai Haibara @ Detective Conan
  • 3. 180 – Nagase Jun @ The World God Only Knows
  • 4. 161 – Mikogami Nagisa @ Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo

 

Group A-5:

  • 1. 696 – Misaka Mikoto @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
  • 2. 585 – Akemi Homura @ Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • 3. 57 – Sara @ Jewelpet

Group A-9:

  • 1. 508 – Itsuwa @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
  • 2. 273 – Tachibana Rio @ Rio ~Rainbow Gate~
  • 3. 214 – Manabe Nodoka @ K-On!!

 

So Suzu, Mikoto and Itsuwa advances from the first fight. As to whether Homura was sniped, or simply overpowered by Misaka fans, I don’t know, but seeing how well Itsuwa did, it’s no surprise Misaka got so many votes today. Anyways, congratulations to the winners.

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And…the Main Tournament of the Japanese Saimoe 2011 finally starts! Let’s see what does the first day have in stock for us:

Group A-1:

Ai Habara (Detective Conan)

Nagase Jun (The World God Only Knows)

Hagimura Suzu (Seitokai Yakuindomo)

Mikogami Nagisa (Kiruminzoo)

 

Suzu all the way for me. Jun came close, but compared to Suzu she loses, and Nagisa is my least liked Mikogami sister.

 

Group A-5:

Akemi Homura (Madoka Magica)

Sara (Jewelpet)

Misaka Mikoto (Index II)

 

A very easy one for me. While I like Mikoto, I don’t really consider her as one of the more moe girls of Raildex, and Sara…well, she certainly is cute, but that’s it. Good luck Homu-Homu!

 

Group A-9:

Tachibana Rio (Rainbow Gate)

Itsuwa (Index II)

Manabe Nodoka (K-On!!)

 

And a no-brainer for me, though I can actually see Itsuwa doing better than her. Well, I’m not into the Index novels, so for me Nodoka wins.

 

 

So I was waiting for the delayed Reitaisai to take place on May 8th, the demo for the new Touhou suddenly popped out. At least it was sudden for me. Let’s see what it has for us!


Firstly the gameplay became a bit simpler compared to UFO’s. Which I must say I don’t mind at all, as fun as it was at first, it became as annoying later on to maneuver through the bulletspam and catch just the right UFO in time. The only thing I’d like to mention is the trance mode, which we can enter by collecting enough orbs OR we automatically go trance when we get hit. Why not spam some hardcore danmakus before we let out our final breath huh? So far I like it. The normal mode is much easier than usually, but hard mode gave me quite the challenge, and have to see the killer stages.

Now the game itself.

There are four playable characters this time around, Reimu, Marisa, Sanae and Youmu. Have to say I love (playing with) Youmu. So glad she became a playable character at least.

The game’s theme is obviously what’s beyond the grave, as the name “Shinreibyou – Divine-Spirits’ Mausoleum of the East” indicates.

Stage 1: There’s no real midboss here, just some kind of a nameless ghost/orb/whatever. And as for the boss…it’s Yuyuko-sama! I was quite surprised, though that wasn’t the last time while playing the demo. Good to see her appear, even if just as a stage 1 boss. Stage BGM is called Shiryou no Yozakura (Yozakura of the dead), quite calm, and fitting for the underground, that’s all. The boss theme (Ghost Read) is a bit ominous, but I didn’t like it in particular.

Stage 2: There’s a fresh new girl who we have to face both as the midboss and the boss; she’s called Kasodani Kyouko. She has a very cute design, (liked her fluffy ears, though I can’t figure out what animal or whatever it belongs to). She seems to be set on sweeping the dust from eyesight. Stage BGM is Youkai tera he youkoso! (Welcome to the youkai temple!) it’s playful and has an underwordly feel to it. The boss theme (Youkai girl at the gate) is the most “badass” boss theme as far as the demo goes. I liked it.

Stage 3: Here was another surprise, Kogasa Tatara as the midboss! (she finally managed to surprise someone, I guess). Though have to say I couldn’t make out why she was here in the first place. (Sanae beat her to death? Naw, not likely). The BGM has the same feeling as Stage 1’s, but it’s has a strong traditional-japanese sound. I liked it the most among the stage themes. And then there’s our boss, Miyako Yoshika. She’s a zombie, we could expect one to appear, but I liked it. A cute zombie girl doing the zombie pose! Oh, she also regenerates by her wisps, so going for spellcard bonus can be a pain in the ass. Her theme is Rigid Paradise, it really feels like we’re being invited to a mausoleum, my favorite theme of the demo by far.

That’s it so far, I hope we’ll be seeing the full game in the next Comiket as planned, it’s a very fun Touhou to play, and my guess is that the girls appearing later on will be fucking badass.

 

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Here’s an alternate version of Madoka’s OP I liked in particular, with Flandre as Madoka. Hope you guys enjoy it.

A massive earthquake of 8.9 power stroke Japan today. Many losses were inflicted by it, and the additional (more than 30) aftershocks (with the strongest of 7.1) – not to mention the tsunami it generated.  At this time there are at least 50 casualties, and it’ll possibly increase even more. An oil refinery in Chiba prefecture also got fire, which caused quite an uproar.

 

On a different note, unfortunately it also affected many events planned to take place in the near future, among them the upcoming Reitaisai 8. We can only hope it will be held sometime soon.

A new Touhou game was finally announced, named “Ten Desires”.  The confirmed playable characters are Reimu, Marisa, Sanae, and for my biggest surprise, Youmu! It’s good to see her back.

It seems that some spirits called “Divine Spirits” are up to no good in Gensokyou, Reimu and company decides to investigate.

A demo version will be out on the next Reitaisai (13th of March, befitting for the 13th Tohou game).