Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
This year's 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is confirming on Monday that One Piece's Portgas D. Ace, Sakigake!! Otoko Juku's Momotarō Tsurugi, Hunter x Hunter's Killua Zoldyck, and Yū Yū Hakusho's Hiei are playable characters in the J-Stars Victory Vs. game. In addition, the issue is confirming that Sakigake!! Otoko Juku's Heihachi Edajima is a support character in Namco Bandai Games' "team battle action" video game. Also outlined is the game's Gallery Mode, which has an illustrated guide to all the J-Stars, along with their "fiery" voice samples and fighting patterns.
The character roster in this Shonen Jump 45th anniversary game already includes:
Yū Yū Hakusho
Hunter x Hunter
Chinyūki -Tarō to Yukaina Nakama-tachi-
Dr. Slump & Arale-chan
The game will have an Adventure Mode in which players assemble characters and embark on voyages throughout "Jump World" with a ship. Players can collect "J Points" for cards in battles and adventures, and then use the resulting card deck to level up their characters and ships.
The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game will arrive on March 19. A regular copy of the PS3 version will cost 7,980 yen (about US$80), while a limited edition will cost 10,980 yen (about US$110). The normal edition of the PS Vita version will cost 6,980 yen, while a limited edition copy will retail for 9,980 yen (about US$100). A free augmented-reality (AR) app lets you see the Jump heroes in your surroundings on the PS Vita.
People who pre-order the game will receive the J-Stars Victory Book, a volume bound like a Jump Comics book and filled with information and visuals of Jump heroes over the years. For a limited time, a "Ani-Son Sound Edition" of the game will let players listen to 21 television anime theme songs in the game.