I thought that the new anime streaming service would be the only news today. I was wrong.
Capcom have taken me by surprise by suddenly announcing the opening of a new shop in Fukushima prefecture. It will be sited on the first floor of the MOLTI building next to Kooriyama station - but there's a catch. It's only going to be open from Friday 1st March to Sunday 10th March 2013. So unless you happen to live nearby or fancy a trip out to an otherwise-unremarkable city without much notice, visiting it will be a challenge.
At all other times, customers who spend more than ¥1,000 will be rewarded with a coaster-sticker. They can pick from a large selection while stocks last. Fortunately the selection seems to be drawn from a similar campaign running at the more permanent Capcom Shop in Odaiba, so obsessive collectors of Date Masamune coasters aren't missing out on too much. The absence of Kojuurou and Sasuke in the list of coasters implies that they may already have sold out in Odaiba.
For some reason this next piece of news isn't mentioned anywhere official yet, however, artist Sumeragi tweeted this morning that the third compiled volume of the Mame Sengoku Basara manga will be coming out next month. Mame Sengoku Basara 3 is already up for order on Amazon.co.jp; other bookstores will list it very soon. The price is the usual ¥819 and the release date will be 27th March 2013, the same week as Gakuen Basara 5 comes out.
Finally, T.M.Revolution has delivered for his worldwide fans and his newest album Under:Cover 2 is available today on iTunes in the UK. That's the same date as it was released in Japan, and our version is a steal at £7.99 for 15 tracks. The Under:Cover series collects up T.M.Revolution's greatest hits as a series of 'self covers', which means they're remade with input from a number of famous guest artists. While the second collection doesn't have any Sengoku Basara music, it does contain a few songs from Gundam SEED. Users specifically looking for a cheap way to own a few of Nishikawa's Sengoku Basara songs can check iTunes UK for Naked arms and SWORD SUMMIT, as well as the abingdon boys school tracks BLADE CHORD, JAP and WE aRE. Hopefully the missing songs will make their way over to this side of the world one day.