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Monday, December 11, 2017

Site Announcement: Yes, We Mod The Comments

But not to remove the genuine and enthusiastic discussion from fellow Donders. We are doing this only to remove cruddy spam comments like this, eww:

Yeah, us relaying the news about World Hobby Fair 2013 from Namco Taiko Blog really helped you in 2017. (Comment since removed from view and into the spam folder)

Speaking of blog post comments, since Blogger does not have a by-comment we check them very, very infrequently especially if it is not on the first page: only once in a reeeeeeeeaaaal while in fact. Yes, we have advertized many a times that this is one of the ways you can engage with us, yet we should have been open about that dismal frequency.

This is far from being the best way to alert us like the mass video mislinking incident earlier this year, especially not with multiple comments in months/years-old posts and especially not with "attitude". We will reserve the right to deal with (including deleting, at a minimal scale hopefully) comments that border on unconstructive spamming.

We found this only in late May long after we ourselves found the problem. Considering the actual context of what was happening, this got really morbidly insensitive all of a sudden.
(Please note that we have since deleted this and related comments for the less-than-stellar language, even while we appreciate it coming from a more-than-enthusiastic Donder.)

Here is a list of better ways that give you as much as 76.5% better chances to urgently find us in a jiffy for a blog incident:

And once again, in case one of the automated spammers stayed long enough to read this message... Please go away and don't spam us any more; we don't have the traffic that you seek.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Song of the Week! 9 December 2017


Today's weekly feature is Idolm@ster-themed, as we take a look at a couple of songs that have been composed in two different "game generations" of the franchise from each other.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Across Japan (December 7 2017) - The Hiroba-nai Movement: Last Straw over the Camel's (non-existent) Plaza

We're making the "official part" of this post quick. Announced on December 6, Asia version's December 2017 Facebook Tournament will be:

Facebook Tournament: December 12~20 2017
    Results Announcement: December 21 2017
セイクリッド ルイン Sacred Ruin x9
濃紅 Koi-kurenai x7
   黒沢ダイスケ × 小寺可南子 Daisuke Kurosawa × Kanako Kotera

So what makes us suddenly picking back up the Asia ver. Facebook Tournaments scope after a two-month hiatus? That's because we are hoping to take that opportunity to bring awareness to the Hiroba-nai Movement that started just today (December 7) by veteran Taiwanese Donders including Shoushou, Woolala and Gumin.

 
Promotional posters for the movement (left: Chinese, right: Japanese)
Source: original post on Shoushou's Facebook

"Hiroba-nai" (ひろばない) literally means "No Hiroba", and aims to express the dissatisfaction with the still-lingering absence of Donder Hiroba support for greater Asian Donders. If you forgot what it was about (likely due to the aforementioned absence), the Donder Hiroba gives many supporting functionalities to HD-arcade Donders including:
  • Player name changing. This is especially helpful for outside Japan when Donders not knowing Japanese might have just spammed a random name like あああああ (aaaaa) or the default どんちゃん (Don-chan), but have to be stuck with that for god knows how long.
  • Better customization options, including titles/title parts and the more expansive four-part outfit system
  • Additional song acquisition means (Katsu Medal Shop)
  • Donder-held tournaments and challenge gauntlets
  • and more!
Yes, it was quite a godsend already when greater Asia got a (nonetheless smaller) export of the awaited HD arcade back in 2014 after AC14. However, the absence of Donder Hiroba created such an inconvenience compared with other arcade music/rhythm game franchise, leaving veteran and budding arcade Donders alike greatly discouraged. Attempts have been made by many to express such views via letters, social media and more but was still in vain.

The main requirement for this movement is simple:
  1. Purchase, or otherwise obtain, another Banapassport or Aime card
  2. Set the player name to be "Hiroba-nai" (ひろばない)
  3. Try your best at each of the coming monthly Facebook tournament on that account
  4. Snap your participating result(s) and post to social media and the result announcement post on the official Asia ver. Facebook
The main idea is that hopefully the name/message is will be taking over the top 20 rankings in both departments. That said, do not be discouraged even if you think/know you are not going to rank in: it's the thought (and the total number of players to do so, which Taiko Team should be seeing) that counts.

We suggest you check out the original post on Shoushou's Facebook (in traditional Chinese) which comes with the above promotional poster designs in (traditional) Chinese and Japanese for your easy spreading.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Twitter Snippets (6 December 2017) - VERTeX in CHUNITHM


As Sega's Konami-enhanced arcade series CHUNITHM has started to sink its teeth into the Tenkaichi Otogesai's crossover-y treats, one Sega-spawn track from the 1st edition is about to be ported into the game tomorrow, as Hiro's VERTeX becomes a publicly-available track.

Tune in tomorrow for the first video recordings of the song in action!

UPDATE (09/12/17): And here's a no-hit video of VERTeX's Master mode.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tenkaichi Otogesai 4 Block Qualifiers Song Choices Are In

With the Block Qualifiers happening on the 16th and 17th of this month, it is time the song choices for the fourth Tenkaichi Otogesai be announced. And for Taiko no Tatsujin, here are the songs that are slated to show the competitors' skills:

Tenkaichi Otogesai 4 Block Qualifiers: Taiko no Tatsujin Yellow ver.
StageSong(s)
Preliminary Taiko Drum Monster
Semi-finals 極圏 Kyokuken
3rd-place Decider 怒槌 Ikazuchi
Finals Scarlet Lance
Playoffs
(if 4th and 5th are tied
in the Preliminary)
セイクリッド ルイン Sacred Ruin
毒LOCANdy♡ DokuLO CANdy♡
朱の旋律 Aka no Senritsu

You can take a look at the full list at the Tenkaichi Otogesai site for the rest of the games' selections.

As a bonus fact, in all three other JAEPO-level games, our dear Sacred Ruin is used for the Semi-finals. Coincidence? Maybe.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Twitter Snippets (4 December 2017) - New Taiko x IDOLiSH7 Collaboration Teaser


Outside from the weird oddity of the Taiko Team's Twitter account becoming flagged for "potentially sensitive content", today's note-worthy element to point out is the latest reminder to the future IDOLiSH7 collaboration event, now complete with not-blacked-out collaboration art and tentative custom dancers/petit charas!

We now do know that this event will kick in sometime during Spring 2018.

Kagayaki o Motomete Lyrics



Artist: Versus
  Vocals: Fuuko (ふーこ)
  Guitar: Carlos (カルロス)
  Bass: Taicha (たいちゃー)

Japanese lyrics sourced from original Creofuga submission.