Rundown the Street (09/06/13)

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Maki Wins Love Live! Poll

Love Live Promo Art

The results for the poll regarding who will be the center for the sixth Love Live! music video were announced at the end of May. My apologies for not posting this last week, but I was actually torn on whether or not this was news-worthy.

Maki won, followed by Eli, Honoka, Rin, Nico, Hanayo, Umi, Nozomi, and Kotori. For those who do not know about this, the series’ music videos decide the girls’ positioning and amounts of focus depending on their votes, with the top 3 receiving special focus. This new music video is the first in what they’re calling the “NEXT PROJECT” line of music in the franchise, with all previous songs having been placed into a collection earlier this year.

But the real story here isn’t who came in first, but rather who came in last. Kotori was actually chosen as the center for the fifth music video, which was for the song “Wonderful Rush”.

Love Live Wonderful Rush Center Three
Nico, Kotori and Maki (left-to-right) as depicted in the Wonderful Rush music video. Click here to see the music video on YouTube.

So why is she in last? Simple. This is most likely backlash over the last few episodes of the ending. To avoid spoiling things as much as possible, Kotori’s actions were one of the major factors that lead the anime’s final few episodes to be far mellower than the earlier ones, with fans of the franchise split into four groups between blaming Honoka, Kotori, the rest of the idol group, or the anime’s director.

That the series still ended up selling really well shows that people didn’t blame the bulk of the idol group, and Honoka being in third place means she wasn’t blamed, so evidently people blamed Kotori or both Kotori and the anime’s director. I’d honestly blame Kotori in terms of in-series stuff and the anime’s director for insisting drama be thrown in where it wasn’t needed. Let this be a lesson, anime writers.

Love Live Moe Power

In any event, this caused Kotori’s drop to 9th, breaking Nozomi’s losing streak (she has been in last for every single poll prior to this without exception). Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

For more information about the series, check out my Under Your Radar post on it, where I gave my longest and most detailed analysis for anything in that column in a while. Congrats to Maki for winning.

Love Live Honoka Clapping

Some Other Stuff

  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions will be receiving a compilation movie titled Takanashi Rikka • Kai ~Gekijō-ban Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!~ (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions the Movie: Rikka Takanashi’s Revision). It will tell the events of season 1 from Rikka’s perspective, and will apparently add an extra scene to the end to tie into the new season.
  • Microsoft has outlined all of the “features” of the Xbox One on their website, confirming nearly everything they claimed as “inaccurate”.
  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will have a free-to-play version on PS3. There will also be a free-to-play Tekken title by the name of Tekken Revolution.
  • Sonic 4 will be ported to Ouya. IGN has gameplay videos up for both versions of Sonic Lost World, which further cement the comparisons to Sonic Xtreme. Sega has also announced that Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F for PS3 will be localized for release later this year. There are no plans for the Vita title Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f.
  • Sony promises that they will be showcasing over 40 games at E3. Nintendo has confirmed that Smash Bros. 4 will have a trailer there. Capcom says they will have a “big surprise” and Square Enix promises information on “the next generation of Final Fantasy“.
  • Japan-only PSOne game Panekit has finally seen profits after 15 years and a PS3 port. I congratulate the developer, though the victory may feel hollow after all these years. The game was originally released in 1998 and was ported to PS3 as a PSOne Classic in 2007.
  • A Russian hacker has hacked a 360-exclusive indie game known as The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile to port it to PC so people could pirate it, claiming it’s “restoration of justice”. The developer had plans to port it, but this is making that look like more of a waste of development time, though the developer still plans to do so.
  • Soul Eater‘s manga will end in the September issue of Monthly Shōnen Gangan, which will be released in August (don’t ask me why they name their issues like that). Weekly Shōnen Jump‘s SKET Dance will also be ending soon, with the recently-released volume 31 claiming the series will be reaching its climax in volume 32. When anything manga-related talks about a climax, they’re usually talking about the ending.
  • GamePop and Mad Catz are each throwing their hats into the microconsole ring.
  • The new Ace Attorney game will feature a system called the “Thought Route”, which allows the characters to logically think their way through a situation, step-by-step.
  • One of the members of Extra Creditz has created a RocketHub campaign called Games for Good. my own descriptions could not do this justice, so go look it up and support the hell out of it!
  • AMD, who have their graphics cards in both the PS4 and XB0, plan to use their privileged position to make porting between those consoles and PC much easier.