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Japan Day 2014 by Aisha Anime

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After much pony loving at Buck 2014, Manchester is the place to be and Bank holiday Monday at the Midland's Hotel was home to Japan Day this year. This event was completely free and hosted by Japan North West society with help with the London Japan Society.

Upon walking inside you were greeted by the bright lights and amazing tree in the middle of the foyer creating a great backdrops for photos. The staff at the Midland's hotel were exceedingly helpful and even took some coats into their cloakroom to help the cosplayers. 

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Upon passing the info desk and cosplay registration, past that takes you to the martial arts demonstration room, where a heated kendo match ensued, with tables at the back laden with different types of weapon and armour for people to look at. Shortly after an authentic tea ceremony took place. Where a audience member sat and received tea made in a stylish and methodical way. You would have to wait a while for this cuppa ! Six lucky members also got to partake in the ceremony for only £2 per person.

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We also had the lucky opportunity to listen to Rakugo Comic Storytelling by Katsura Sunshine. A 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling told my Canadian comedian in a Kimono kneeling on a cushion who literally converses with himself. What really struck me was he was teaching us about Japanese etiquette at the same time. There wasn't a single member of the audience who was not laughing. Mr Sunshine will be touring the UK check out  his page for more info: http://katsurasunshine.com/

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If you ventured to the right of the main hall you would find the dealers room where a huge array of Japanese merchandise was on offer from cosplay outfits and Japanese fashion from Manchester's store Tokyo Royale to traditional Geisha head pieces from Kikuya Kanzashi.

There was also an abundance to art - especially from deviant art artist Kidura who was donating all her profits to charity, a Japanese manga artist was showcasing her art, Japanese Railway Society, Northern To-ken and the Ningyo (dolls) were bewitching making me reminisce of my JRPG survival games. If you also wanted to you could try on a Japanese Kimono for free and wear it throughout the day.

A lot of people simply came to watch the Cosplay contest where a lot of entries graced the stage with their outfits and personality. Third place came Haku from Spirited Away, then the L and Light duo and first place was Lightening from Final Fantasy. All of them looked great and Totoro and the Wolf man got honorable mentions.

We also got to watch some authentic Japanese lottery where Mr Sunshine picked out the raffle winners of free sushi, tea set, picnic hamper and more. Straight after was the really energetic Taiko drummers. If you were interested in the cuisine you had a choice of curry rolls (Japanese equivalent to Pasties), noodle, rice and pastries fro the Sweet Cup Cake maid cafe.

~Aisha Anime~

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Preview - NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION by Aisha Anime

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It was quite lucky to be attending one preview and be offered a two for one! I was able to tto get my hands on the latest Naruto game - NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION. Considered as the fastest man Earth ever witnessed, Minato Namikaze the 4th Hokage makes his comeback in his 'Reanimation version' - basically blonde and shinyCreate the ultimate team in the midst of the Fourth Great Ninja War, the newly created duo Naruto and Minato one one possible team out of many! Look forward to trying out the Ultimate Combination Jutsu. Minato will be able to perform the famous Rasengan he created along with his unique Space-Time Ninjutsu!

Whilst playing the game I was engrossed in the Ninja World Tournament, basically equivalent to Story mode where you can chose any character (with 100 to choose from) you like and follow the story whether and complete various tasks in between competing in the tournament. The game will also recommend partners to support you in battle, so select the moves accordingly to get a winning team.

The Storm League seems to be an online platform to play other ninjas and score ranks on a leader board, Namco Bandai saw how successful this was for Tekken Tag Tournament and replicated it for Naruto.

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You don’t get full on American voice acting but you hear grunts and phrases through the story and in fights. The graphics have evolved to a 3D anime style which I like; it isn’t flat yet retains the anime charm. The best part is you can choose from 100 characters which haven’t always been playable in past games! So I naturally chose the bad ass female Hokage.

Another bonus to encourage manga fans to check out the game is that they had lots of participation from Masashi Kishimoto the creator of Naruto to design new outfits including Akatsuki outfits, Mecha Naruto, Shisui & his Susano’o.

Versus mode includes a few variations such as Ultimate Combination Jutsu, Support and Awakening Modes, use strategy to defeat your opponents. Change the sequence of attacks with your support comrade.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM REVOLUTION will be available on 12th September 2014 for PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360 and STEAM for PC. 

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution: Rivals Day 1 Edition is available to pre-order now. Pre-order Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution: Rivals Day 1 Edition from either Zavvi or ShopTo and get the exclusive Samurai Armor Pack and Summer Cloth Pack costumes.  

More info on Naruto Games:

http://www.Naruto-StormRevolution.com 

Join the community on: www.facebook.com/NarutoGames and www.twitter.com/NarutoVideoGame.

For more information about BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S. full line-up, please visit: www.BandaiNamcoGames.eu.

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