News Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece to Enter Second Life
posted on 2007-12-21 04:31 EST
The lead characters of the Dragon Ball, Naruto, and One Piece manga will be making a special two-day appearance within Linden Lab's Second Life online virtual world this weekend. The virtual "visit" coincides with the Jump Festa event in Japan.
Official avatars (virtual representations of real or fictional persons) of Dragon Ball's Son Goku, Naruto's titular character, and One Piece's Luffy will stop by Impress Group's virtual Impress Island for the "Jumpland@Second Life" festivities on December 22 and December 23. (Impress owns the Impress Comic Engine software that publishers use for electronic comic distribution.) On those same two days, Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will be holding Jump Festa 2008 at the real Makuhari Messe convention center outside Tokyo.
Not only will the characters appear in Second Life, but each will display his signature special attack: Kamehame-ha for Goku, Rasengan ("Spiral Chakra Sphere") for Naruto, and the gatling gun for Luffy. Second Life will also host "Jumpland Capsule," a prize game in which players can win exclusive Jumpland t-shirts and blouses for their avatars. If a user finds and gathers seven Dragon Balls during those days, he or she can summon the Shenlong dragon god.
Image © Akira Toriyama, Bird Studio/Eiichiro Oda/Masashi Kishimoto Scott/Shueisha