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Button Trance: Ar tonelico 2

One area in which HD has long been deficient is the realm of console gaming. One area in which HD’s web coding expert Jetfuel has long been proficient is, by coincidence, said console gaming – particularly of the “moe” variety that incorporates game play elements from roleplaying and tactical sims. Occasionally he gets to thinking about these things, and when he offered to put digital pen to paper and write some of those thoughts down for a new HD column I happily accepted. Here then is the first installment of Button Trance, featuring none other than Gust/Banpresto’s Ar Tonelico 2. We hope you enjoy! -Shingo

Figure News: Gundam 00’s Felt Grace, Christina Sierra see prize figure release from Banpresto

GA Graphic is reporting this evening that the two remaining main heroines from Gundam 00, Felt Grace and Christina Sierra, will be seeing release in prize figure form from Banpresto in the third week of May, 2008. This announcement follows the news of Wan Ryuumin and Sumeragi Ri Noriega figures that came in September, and completes the lineup from Banpresto; while these are preproduction samples they’re both looking quite nice, and if the finished product at all resembles them I’m guessing they’ll be hard to come by when next spring rolls around. We’ll be keeping an eye out for preorders of both sets of heroines in the coming weeks. (no more)

Bishoujo Game News: more on Ar Tonelico 2

Loyal Ar Tonelico fan and HD webslinger Jetfuel today represents with a translation of the Dengeki Online article that appeared on October 25th in commemoration of the Ar Tonelico 2 release, describing the premium event held on the 21st with the game’s seiyuu and producers. Reproduced here with his permission is the full translation of the article, which contains some amusing anecdotes from the production staff as well as an explanation of part of the game system:

Next was the explanation of “Dualstall”, sometimes called the “Bath System”. Dualstall is a system by which you submerge a Dualisno crystal into a bathtub, then the heroines bathe together, warming up their bodies and gaining power.

Read on for the full translation!

Bishoujo Game News: Ar Tonelico 2 goes on sale

Ar Tonelico 2, the most highly anticipated console RPG title of the year (in my own brain, at least) is now on sale! Its release was commemorated on October 21st by a premium event held in conjunction with the currently running Akihabara Enta Matsuri at which the creative talent behind the game rocked out, literally and figuratively, in praise of the title’s many obvious merits. Those wondering what all the fuss is about are advised to check out the demo movie available via the “special” tab on the game’s official website; the Wikipedia entry for the original game may also be of service. If you’d like to support HD with your purchase the game is currently available (Japanese version only) at Play Asia, as is the OST; shots of what you get if you are truly insane below: