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Despite the fact that Falcom's latest JRPG, Sen no Kiseki, is hitting store shelves next Thursday, I couldn't help but hit the lines to play the demo here at TGS.
For those of you unaware, Sen no Kiseki is the sixth game in the mainline Kiseki series. The first game in the franchise was translated by XSEED Games as Trails in the Sky, and its sequel is set to hit PSP/Vita/PC sometime next year.
The TGS Sen no Kiseki demo starts in the thick of the action, with a playable party of Rean, Laura, Professor Sara, and Gaius. Story-wise, the section seemed to take place during a major event in which the entire cast of main characters had assembled to fight some mechanical beasts that should be familiar to series fans. I was pleasantly surprised to find that these sections were completely voiced, though I was told that only chunks of the game will be that way.
The meat of the demo came in the form of the battle system, which is at once familiar and fresh feeling. The familiarity comes in the form of the basics, such as the use of artes, skills, and free movement around the battlefield. These elements worked well in previous Kiseki games, and Sen is no different in that regard. Follow-up attacks are a new addition to the formula, allowing one of your other characters to attack the enemy after you deal damage. I couldn't get a sense of how this extra move is triggered, but it happened frequently enough in the demo that it's more than likely not random.
Visually speaking, I was actually surprised by how good Sen no Kiseki looks on the Vita. Screenshots and online video haven't really done the game justice. It appears to be running on a modified version of the Ys 7/Celceta engine, which means movement on the field feels smooth, and the framerate held steady. My singular concern here is that load times seemed to run a bit long. One of my favorite things about prior Kiseki titles is how snappy everything ran, and I'm hoping that this is just an issue with the demo units rather than the full game.
I was only able to play for five minutes, but in that brief period of time I heard a myriad of fantastic Falcom music tracks that lead me to believe that Sen no Kiseki will have a spectacular soundtrack.
I'll be grabbing Sen no Kiseki for the Vita next week, so expect more detailed impressions then.
San Japan, an annual Japanese culture and Anime Convention in the city of San Antonio, Texas, celebrates its sixth year with the alliterative subtitle "Sinister Six". If there's anything we love here at Japanator, it's alliteration. A lot.
Now here are the last of the cosplay pictures I took with my new not-so-terrible point-and-shoot camera at this year's San Japan convention. I had fun at the convention seeing cosplay I haven't seen before at other cons outside of my native Houston. I love the passion and creativity that cosplayers put into something that tangible and can be appreciated by other like-minded enthusiasts like myself.
First of all, DAT ELIZABETH COSPLAY. We have cosplay of Elizabeth, the mysterious alien duck creature thing (or really bad costume in the show's fiction), from the hilarious Gintama. Just like the character in the show, it looks like it was made from a white bed sheet which makes it all the more accurate. Here's another one of Elizabeth and Kagura.
Normally, I would get a bit put off by minor details in cosplay, like hair color, but this Sheik cosplayer from Legend of Zelda did her costume so well that I am willing to stop being a whiny perfectionist for a second. Also, those eyes. They're beautiful.
Another amazingly detailed video game cosplay is a cordyceps fungi infected zombie from the apocalyptic survival cinematic game The Last of Us. It looks so good and creepily realistic, just like how cordyceps fungi being a real thing that turns ants into mindless zombies. It's only a matter of time until cordyceps fungi jumps species and gets us humans. Fortunately for us when that time comes, we have the Black Ranger from the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers to protect us from fungus zombies.
On the topic of zombie-related things, we have a short but still terrifying Nemesis cosplayer from the game Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Check out the previous gallery's Jill and Chris cosplay if you want more Resident Evil.
One thing about I love about these conventions is when people show off what they love. These guys rolled in awesome viking gear costumes and they totally pulled it off.
Here's the second wave of pictures from the annual San Japan Japanese Culture and Anime convention in San Antonio, Texas. Yes, it was still hot and I'm still complaining about since I had mild heatstroke even though I drank a lot of water. Proper hydration is important, kids!
We've got more great cosplay from all the different kinds of cool entertainment that you fans love to love for your viewing pleasure. We have great cosplay like this Uncle Stan from that awesomely mysterious cartoon show Gravity Falls, or this Chris and Jill duo from Resident Evil. That Panty and Stocking cosplay duo in big picture above: Yowza.
I never thought that anyone could top Silent Hill's Pyramid Head cosplay that you occasionally see at a geek convention but this Pyramid Head cosplayer is on stilts while swinging a huge sword and wearing that pyramid head... thing. On his head.
San Japan, an annual Japanese culture and anime convention in San Antonio, Texas celebrates its sixth year of bringing together otaku and other enthusiasts of different fandoms and a lone Japanator agent was there to take some pictures for you, our beloved readers. I do apologize for the lateness, my fictional dog ate my internet connection.
So about a couple of weeks ago, I packed my bags and drove through a hot Texas afternoon braving small roadside grass fires (Did I tell you it was hot?) just to bring you something some pictures of cosplay fun and shenanigans.
This is the first time Japanator has been to San Japan since five years ago in 2008 (That's when ToraDora! came out, yes it's that old now) and it's the first convention I've been to in San Antonio. From all the anime conventions I have been to in Texas, I was surprised to see that the consistently good level of quality of cosplay (I mean look at that Maka cosplay from Soul Eater and that Jack Skellington in the gallery).
While taking a look at the attendants running around surrounding areas of the convention, you can totally see the fans' dedication and passion for their cosplay. Many cosplayers still braved the Texas heat hovering around 100 degrees F in their not-so-summer friendly costumes like this fellow.
Then you get some creative Attack on Titan cosplay like that big one above with Mikasa and Colossal Titan Meeido. Props to the girl who dressed up as Lucky Star's Tsukasa Hiiragi, all I want to say is "HNNNNNNNNNG". Just to make it clear, I think the character is cute and I don't want to do anything with the cosplayer. No Creepo.
Come back tomorrow for more cosplay from San Japan and it will have more sexy!