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Lost in Translation
The June issue (released on May 19) of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine has confirmed that manga creator Oh! great (Tenjho Tenge, Air Gear) has designed the new character Ashlotte for Namco Bandai's upcoming Soul Calibur IV fighting game. Oh! great (the pen name for Ito Ōgure) also drew a poster featuring Ashlotte for the magazine issue. Ashlotte is an ax-wielding puppet sent to execute the character Astaroth.
Ashlotte will join the sword-fighter Shura from Hiroya Oku (Gantz, HEN), the rapier-wielding Scheherazade from fellow manga/anime creator Yutaka Izubuchi (Lodoss, RahXephon), the Lucifer Spear bearer Angol Fear from Mine Yoshizaki (Sgt. Frog, ArcadeGamer FUBUKI), and Darth Vader and Yoda from the American Star Wars films. CAPCOM plans to ship Soul Calibur IV worldwide this summer on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles. CMX Manga publishes Tenjho Tenge in North America, while Del Rey publishes Air Gear.
Update: Distributors' names corrected. Thanks, GATSU and Captain Crotchspike.