Wednesday 31 October 2012

News roundup: Takarazuka to perform Sengoku Basara?!

This morning, my Twitter timeline suddenly exploded into action with rumours that Sengoku Basara was to be adapted for a musical performance by the famous Takarazuka Revue. It wasn't at all difficult to trace the reports back to their source.

A Google search result showing the page existed
Unfortunately, by the time I had time to look into it properly, the page had been taken down by Capcom. I dug a little deeper and found a screenshot to confirm what had happened.

The article on the official Capcom Sengoku Basara website
In a post on the official Sengoku Basara news feed, someone had mistakenly uploaded an article (dated this coming Friday) with a title which unambiguously announced that the Takarazuka Revue would be performing Sengoku Basara. The article text was a copy of a different news item from a few days ago describing the Blu-Ray/DVD release for Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party-, so no further information was found in the leak. Friday just happens to be the day of the new Butai Sengoku Basara stage play. It's likely that the announcement was originally planned to debut there and that's when we'll find out more of the details.

The crowd on Twitter have reacted with cautious enthusiasm. I'm excited for the eventual Blu-Ray/DVD release since seeing it live would be challenging for me at the moment!

The other three news items which have caught my eye recent have been Aksys Games announcing the localisation of another Hakuouki PSP game in the US, this time Hakuouki Bakumatsu Musouroku. Hopefully they'll consider a limited edition again as it will be a guaranteed purchase.

Secondly, Kick-Heart was not only successfully funded in the end but it also made its two lowest stretch goals, which means the short will be twelve minutes long rather than the planned ten. In addition it will come with an English dub and Spanish subtitles on top of what had already been announced. Congratulations to the Kick-Heart team for making anime history!

Finally, Crunchyroll have revealed that Giant Killing is going to be removed from their site in a few days. I hadn't taken the time to watch it and now it's looking unlikely I will. A DVD licence in the US would be great.

I'll end this post with a video suitable for the current festive time. In "Helloween" below, the Sengoku Basara characters star in a strange Hong Kong Disneyland commercial with some help from Miku Miku Dance.

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