Playstation 4 Sales Surpass 70 Million Units

SAN MATEO, Calif., December 14, 2017 – Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced new sales milestones for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system,   PlayStation®VR (PS VR) virtual reality system, and PS4 and PS VR games.

  • PS4 has cumulatively sold through more than 70.6M units to consumers worldwide as of December 3, 2017*1. 
  • More than 617.8 million copies*2 of PS4 games have been sold at retail stores globally and through digital downloads on PlayStation®Store as of December 3, 2017.
  • Based on strong momentum of PS4, PS VR cumulatively sold through more than 2M units to consumers worldwide as of December 3, 2017*1.
  • 150 titles have been released for PS VR*3, achieving more than 12.2 million copies sold at retail stores globally and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of December 3, 2017. *2
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“We are delighted that so many people are enjoying the unique entertainment proposition of PlayStation 4, and that an emerging technology like PlayStation VR continues to gain traction,” said Andrew House, Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “I cannot thank our fans and partners enough. Their support, since the launch of the very first PlayStation in 1994, has helped to make PlayStation one of the biggest console gaming networks in the world. We will continue to work closely with partners to maintain this momentum, and remain steadfast in making PS4 the best place to play."

On the software front, PS4’s portfolio will continue to expand with an array of games including God of War, Detroit: Become Human and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Currently there are more than 130 highly anticipated games and other entertainment content in development for PS VR, launching by the end of 2018.*4

SIE will continue to further expand both PS4 and PS VR to deliver entertainment experiences that are only possible on PlayStation.

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF SHIVER: JUNJI ITO SELECTED STORIES

New Hardcover Edition From The Master Of Horror Manga Offers Nine Of The Creator’s Most Nightmarish Tales

San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers the chilling new release SHIVER: JUNJI ITO SELECTED STORIES on December 19th.

The new anthology from the critically acclaimed master of Japanese horror manga will debut as a hardcover edition under the VIZ Signature imprint. SHIVER: JUNJI ITO SELECTED STORIES contains nine of Junji Ito’s best short stories, as selected by the author himself, presented with accompanying notes and commentary. SHIVER is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and carries a print MSRP of $22.99 U.S. / $32.00 CAN.

An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing the faces of their destined victims appear in the sky… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… SHIVER offers nine fresh nightmares for the delectation of horror fans.

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“Junji Ito has redefined the horror genre with his unique stories, which are equally chilling and surreal,” says Masumi Washington, Editor. “SHIVER will thrill fans already familiar with Junji Ito and also introduce new readers to this renowned creator’s work.”

Manga creator Junji Ito made his professional debut in 1987 and has gone on to be recognized as one of the greatest contemporary artists working in the horror genre. His critically acclaimed titles include TOMIE and UZUMAKI, which were adapted into critically praised live-action films, as well as GYOwhich was adapted into an animated feature film. TOMIE, UZUMAKI, GYO, and Ito’s celebrated manga short story anthology FRAGMENTS OF HORROR are all published in English by VIZ Media in deluxe hardcover editions available under the VIZ Signature imprint. Ito’s influences include classic horror manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors such as Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.

For additional information on SHIVER: JUNJI ITO SELECTED STORIES and other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON,VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at viz.com

KOEI TECMO AMERICA Announces Release Date For Upcoming Epic, ATTACK ON TITAN 2

Burlingame, Calif. — December 4, 2017 — Today KOEI TECMO America proudly revealed that ATTACK ON TITAN 2 will be released on March 20, 2018 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system; Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft; Nintendo Switch™; and on Windows PC via Steam®!

To celebrate the news KOEI TECMO America shared an action-packed new trailer, giving a taste of the thrilling narrative players can come to expect from ATTACK ON TITAN 2. In addition, they have unveiled new details on additional playable characters: Hitch Dreyse, Marlo Freudenberg, Mina Carolina, Nile Dawk, Thomas Wagner, Annie Leonhart, Bertholdt Hoover, Reiner Braun, the Armored Titan, the Colossal Titan, the Female Titan and a “Mysterious Titan” form.

Players will be able to create their own custom Scout in ATTACK ON TITAN 2, an all-new addition to the series, offering a fresh perspective on the events of both seasons of the worldwide anime hit, Attack on Titan. With enhanced Titan movements, Scouts will have to strategically use a plethora of new abilities in order to survive; from evade-style attacks like the hook drive ability, to long-rage sneak attacks – carefully strategized with the help of the new monocular tool!

Additional RPG elements have been implemented into ATTACK ON TITAN 2’s Town Life segments; allowing players to build relationships with their favorite characters from the Attack on Titan universe to gain a deeper understanding of their comrades.

To keep up to date with the latest news on ATTACK ON TITAN 2 please visit the official site at www.koeitecmoamerica.com/attackontitan2 , Like www.facebook.com/koeitecmous , and Follow us on Twitter @koeitecmous

ABOUT KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP.

KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series.

Based on the manga "Shingeki no Kyojin" by Hajime Isayama originally serialized in the monthly BESSATSU SHONEN magazine published by Kodansha Ltd. ©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/"ATTACK ON TITAN" Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.

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© 2017 Nintendo. Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con are trademarks of Nintendo.

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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN:

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Blazing is gifting a huge amount of bonuses to users who log in until Sept. 8. Players will be able to receive all the rewards by logging in for a total of 20 days during this period. Get “Naruto Uzumaki (Indomitable Ninja Way)" by just logging in for the first day and max out his abilities by logging in everyday!

Infuriating Manga Villains

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What anime or manga villain made you so mad that you forgot they weren't real? The first villain I distinctly remember angering me was Queen Nakia of Red River/Anatolia Story. I hated how she would always get away with her schemes despite seeming so obvious. She would literally use her fan to cover the mouth of a subordinate who is about to expose her, and no one questions that may be she's evil! Nah, it's totally normal to physically silence a witness. 

Well the newest infuriating villain is Malty Melromarc (aka Mein) from The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari). She feigned kindness to the protagonist Naofumi, later claiming he raped her after stealing his equipment. 

Whenever Naofumi seems to convince third parties of his innocence, she claims he's literally brainwashing them. As if the Shield Hero has that ability. Since she's also the princess, Naofumi can't fight back much. Malty is so horrible, her mother the Queen decided her younger sister was a better fit as heiress to the throne. Of course Malty wouldn't take that sitting down. She'd even try harming her sister, and guards allow it! Now I'm just waiting for her downfall, and it better be proportional to Naofumi's suffering.

It always seems to be royal women who are the most aggravating... 

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Car Accidents in Manga

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Car accidents seem to be a manga go-to when it comes to how characters get injured. Similar to the way Korean dramas take care of villains by deciding they suddenly have some type of cancer. 

How did a character who is reborn into another world die in the first place? Got hit by a car. How do you add drama to a romance story? Make a character lose their memory in a car accident. A character needs to meet a God or supernatural creatures so...have them save some child who runs into the street after a ball (Yu Yu Hakusho). Speaking of which, saving someone else from an incoming car is the go-to way to show the character is a saint!

This was really just a rant on a pattern we've seen in manga. Beware the white truck of death!

 

Isekai Manga

We are obsessed with 'isekai' manga! Literally meaning 'different world', seeing someone pulled from what is typically our world and brought to a world or magic or monsters has an odd appeal. Most of the time, they are endowed with skills or knowledge that make them overpowered in their new setting, such as God-like magic potential or technological knowledge. 

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Recommendations? Here's a few along with short descriptions just to get you interested:

Takarakuji de 40-oku Atattandakedo Isekai ni Ijuu Suru, about a man who wins the lottery and stumbles upon a room leading to another world which is technologically underdeveloped.

Isekai de "Kuro no Iyashi Te" tte Yobarete Imadu,about a girl who is transported to an RPG-like world, complete with pop-up screens and magic.

Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi, about a man who has exceptional cooking skills and the ability to summon cooking items and ingredients.

Isekai Yakkyoku, about a reincarnated pharmacologist who is granted the ability to see disease and ill statuses, making him a Medicine God.

There are plenty more (included those pictured above but not mentioned). Some still need English translations, but maybe if we express how obsessed we are with the genre, these manga will be picked up like hotcakes.

Black Clover

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We thought we'd talk about Black Clover since the anime adaptation is coming this October. It's a good underdog story that should appeal to many manga readers. Still ongoing with more than 100 chapters, we won't spoil anything beyond the first few chapters. 

The story follows Asta (some people refer to him as Aster). He's physically strong, but in a world of magic and grimoires, he's looked down upon since he can't use magic. His close friend and rival Yuno is the opposite, regarded as a talented magician. Both aim to become the Wizard King/Magic Emperor (waiting to see what the anime calls it). 

When the time comes to receive their own grimoires (most people receive three-leaf clover grimoires which allow them to cast spells), Yuno receives a legendary four-leaf clover grimoire known to belong to the first Wizard King, while Asta initially receives nothing. He of course gets depressed and angry about being laughed at and told to try again next year. After a violent encounter, he eventually receives his very own grimoire. It is dirty and tattered, but it's actually a five-leaf clover grimoire that gives him a large sword that complements his physical abilities. The sword can repel and nullify magic, making his skills quite unique. You then follow him as he improves his skills, makes new friends, and experiences many new things (no spoilers). 

Interested yet? We recommend giving Black Clover a try if you were on the fence about it. It's available on Amazon here.

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