Review: The Ambition of Oda Nobuna/Oda Nobuna no Yabō

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Genre: Romantic Comedy, Action, Historical

Release Date: July 9, 2012 –September 24, 2012

WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS!

 

 

 

 

The ambition of Oda is an action romantic comedy about a boy, Yoshiharu Toyotomi, who mysteriously lands in the middle of a battlefield in the sengoku era of Japan. Just like him, we have no idea of how he even ends up there. No hint of it either, which I feel is great in this case because it takes that whole quest for trying to get him home off the table and just focuses on the events in question. He’s about to be killed on the battlefield when he is saved by a unknown soldier. While managing to save his life, the soldier loses his. With one last request the soldier asks that he achieve his dream of becoming the greatest ladies man ever.

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Harley Quinn Unmasked

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As a unique twist to the fan favorite DC Comics Harley Quinn Bishoujo statue Kotobukiya is excited to announce its 2013 convention exclusive, Harley Quinn Unmasked! Inspired from an original illustration by Japan’s renowned Shunya Yamashita, Ms. Quinzel is captured in a candidly playful moment (sans her makeup and headgear) in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style.Featuring an all-new head sculpt and paint deco this statue is constructed of quality PVC and stands 10 inches tall (in 1/7 scale) on a golden hammer base. Sculpted by Masahiro “Gill Gill” Takahashi, display Harley Quinn on her own or together with other DC femme fatales like Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Batgirl!

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Astor Cos #2

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After a long couple of month, the the second issue of Astor Cos is now available for purchase. The second issue features select edits of cosplayers and their amazing cosplays, interviews with J-Pop stars, Photographers, and even something different for everyone. You can pick up a digital or print copy at Astor Cos MagCloud Store.

iRadio rumoured for WWDC reveal

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We’ve heard hints that Apple is working on its own music subscription service for some time now, but now it appears that the service may be ready to be unveiled at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, next week.

According to The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Apple has just added the second of the big three music companies – Warner – to its existing agreement with Universal. That leaves just Sony, but two of three is potentially enough to go ahead with the service.

So, what do we know about Apple’s music subscription service? Well, not too much that isn’t conjecture. The name is expected to be iRadio, and it will integrate tightly with iTunes on both PCs and iOS devices. Indeed, it could be one of the standout features of iOS 7.

It’s not known whether the service will be free to use and ad supported, or whether a monthly subscription will be required – or both. Initial reports seem to indicate the first option, but we don’t know for sure either way. It is expected that the service will be backed with a recommendation engine, allowing users to quickly and easily purchase tracks they liked on iTunes.

According to Bloomberg, the new service will also accompany in the way that Apple handles its iAds platform. We should see some fees removed, advertisers given more options for ad placement, and music labels will receive a share of revenue with radio ads.

Of course, the timing here is no accident. Google beat Apple to the bunch with their own streaming subscription service in the form of Google Play Music All Access at Google I/O last month. This should definitely have spurred Apple to get their own service ready quickly, and may have lead them to accept less favourable terms with Warner.

I guess we’ll find out the details at WWDC, if Apple do indeed plan to announce the service there. It’s also possible that these will come a later event, so don’t rush out and indulge in an iPhone 5 speaker buying frenzy just yet.

Sources: The VergeEngadget

Microsoft Xbox One revealed: hardware, software, games & hot button issues

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This week, Microsoft finally unveiled their XBox One console. In a fast and furious presentation, they demonstrated the next-generation console’s hardware and software, showed off a few games, and briefly addressed some of the rumours that had been flying around the system. Here’s what was announced.

Hardware

The Xbox One, just like the PlayStation 4, is essentially a high-powered gaming PC. That’s because instead of using a custom PowerPC architecture, the X1 uses a semi-custom x86-64 architecture provided by AMD. The system includes an eight-core Jaguar processor (thought to be clocked at 1.6 GHz), a 768-core GPU and 8 GB of DDR3 memory with an additional 32 MB of embedded memory. That’s a little behind the PlayStation 4 in pure performance, which includes faster DDR5 memory, a 1152-core GPU and a similarly fast processor. As well as the box itself, the One will be bundled with a redesigned controller with vibrating triggers and a clickier D-PAD and a much more accurate Kinect 2 3D camera.

Software

Gaming isn’t the system’s only focus – thanks to the use of a VM, the Xbox OS and a Windows 8 kernel are run simultaneously. This allows for rapid switches between gaming and TV, internet, Skype and more. The One even includes the Windows 8 Snap View, allowing two programs to run side by side. Gestures and voice commands recognised by the Kinect augment the traditional controller. The TV mentioned earlier is live TV, provided to the Xbox from a satellite or cable box through the console’s HDMI in port. Through partnerships with ESPN and the NFL, it’ll be possible to see additional information on a sidebar, like live fantasy football stats. These TV features will only go live in the US initially. The system will run many other apps, including Skype and Netflix. The Xbox SmartGlass app will allow Lumia 925 users (and eventually those on Android and iOS as well) to see additional information and control the system.

Games

A few new games for shown for the system, as well as a few games announced earlier for other platforms. The full list includes four new EA Sports games running on a next-generation engine (including FIFA, NBA Live, UFC and Madden), a live-action game called Quantum Break and the next Call of Duty title, Ghosts. Other titles confirmed to be in development include Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4, Destiny, Forza 5, Need for Speed Rivals, Ryse, Thief and Watch Dogs.

Hot Button Issues

There are quite a few of these, so I’ll be brief. At present, the Xbox One will not be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games and will not support self-publishing for indie developers. The system will allow for used games, but may demand a fee for games to be sold to a new player. The system won’t need to be online always, but will need to be connected at least once a day. Finally, Microsoft have stated that while the system will always be listening for the phrase “Xbox On”, no audio or video data will be recorded without explicit permission.

Conclusion

The Xbox One will be released worldwide this holiday season. So there you have it – the Xbox One. What do you think of the system? Let us know in the comments below!

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