Project Sakura Wars Third Official Announcement Stream Scheduled for August 21

The latest installment to the popular Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) video game series, Project Sakura Wars (Shin Sakura Taisen) has announced its third announcement stream.

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Project Sakura Wars Second Official Announcement Stream Scheduled for July 25

The latest installment to the popular Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) video game series, Project Sakura Wars (Shin Sakura Taisen) has announced its second announcement stream which will feature the first look at the game’s battle system gameplay live.

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Project Sakura Wars Upcoming PS4 Game to Hold Public Announcement Stream on June 26

The latest installment to the popular Sakura Wars (Sakura Taisen) video game series, Project Sakura Wars (Shin Sakura Taisen) has announced that it’s going to hold the first public announcement stream for more detailed information about the game.

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Which Band is the Most Popular? BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Band Story 2 Market Performance Analysis

BanG Dream! (Bandori) Girls Band Party! (Garupa) is a rhythm game released for iOS and Android, based on the BanG Dream! franchise. This time, we will be providing an analysis on the user popularity of the five bands featured in the game based on the real data collected from the Band Story 2 events for the Japanese version of the game, provided by Mobile Index.

Information provided by mobile app market analysis service Mobile Index; original report published on November 7, 2018.

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Visual Novel Studio “Key” Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Soundtrack Album, Message from Jun Maeda, & Special Website

As part of its 20th year commemoration, visual novel studio “Key” known for its well-known classics like Clannad, Air, and Little Busters! has released a special website to celebrate the occasion. The website also features a message from none other than Key co-founder and writer Jun Maeda, reflecting on the company’s years of endeavors in the industry.

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BanG Dream! Girls Band Party’s “User First” Development Keynotes — Enriching User Experience with Live2D

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The next-generation all-girl band project BanG Dream! (Bandori) has expanded into a lot of different media including anime, manga, and live shows featuring its voice actresses since its launch. The BanG Dream! Girls Band Party (Garupa) mobile rhythm game is one of them, being released in iOS and Android in March 2017 and having since taken the industry by storm while also providing a great deal of support for the project.

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Garupa’s application of Live2D helps eloquently depict the characters’ behaviors and actions, greatly augmenting their dramatic developments in the story. Live2D is an innovative software which combines three-dimensional movements with the attractiveness of two-dimensional illustrations. In this presentation held during the “alive 2018” creator event, we learn about the know-hows of Garupa’s Live2D creation using “Live2D Cubism” with Junko Inoue, the leader of Craft Egg’s character production team, and Keisuke Takahashi, one of Craft Egg’s Live2D animators.

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BanG Dream! Interview with Bushiroad’s Takaaki Kidani — The Path and Future of BanG Dream! Project (Part 3)

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The BanG Dream! (Bandori) franchise started taking flight in 2015 as a media mix project centered around the theme of all-girl bands. The main appeal of the franchise is that all the voice actresses of the characters forming the band Poppin’ Party (Popipa), which serve as the backbone of the story, are capable of actually performing the songs live with incredible quality.

Following the release of the television anime series in January 2017, the mobile game based on the franchise titled BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! (Garupa) was released in March 2017 while Popipa performed at the famous Nippon Budoukan for the first time in August the same year. In this interview, we delve into the mind of Takaaki Kidani, the man behind the creation of the BanG Dream! Project, as we talk about what lies ahead for the franchise.

This is the third part of the three-part interview; click the following links below to read Part 1 and Part 2.

Originally published in Real Sound on November 6, 2018.

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