Game Lab vol. 14 & Moi dix Mois x KERA †
4/19 †Postscript†

I just finished translating Mana-Sama's Nostalgic Game inferno Part 14!
Go check it out under the Game Lab article scans in this entry!!





4/17 †Postscript†
It seems I fell asleep for far longer than I anticipated...so late into the night I've been slowly getting around to translations finally. The KERA article is done, so you can go ahead and read it below its photo now on this same entry. Enjoy!!

I will get to work on Game Lab ASAP!! ε=ε=ε=ε=(ノ*´Д`)ノ




Just as promised I managed to get Game lab today, but I wasn't quite expecting Kera to come out with an article pertaining to Mana too. I guess you could say its a bonus, right? Although its not a particularly big article (its only a couple paragraphs) and the photos are relatively small.

None the less, I bought it and scanned it all for everyone.

Mana様の郷愁なるGame inferno vol. 14


Photo Caption: I'm in love with the world of darkness ♪

Mana-Sama's Nostalgic Game inferno

~Part 14~

Mana's Hardware Collection

SOLARPOWER

Company: Bandai
Release Date: 1982
Retail Price: 6,000 yen
*The detail picture above is of "Terror House"

Operation by the Power of Light, A Dark World Through the Glamour of a Mobile Console

Last time I talked about Nintendo's Game & Watch, but this time I want to introduce its rival, the SOLARPOWER series.

First of all, I want to touch on something in particular about the SOLARPOWER Series; by its name you can probably understand that you don't need batteries to operate it! It was a great thing that you didn't have to go through the trouble of changing out the batteries, and it was extremely groundbreaking. Also, when talking about it in terms of modernity, you could say it was eco-friendly. At that point in time, I don't know if Bandai could see into the future to today's eco-boom or not, but theres no mistaking it was immensely ambitious of them. The first time I saw it, I admired it with my child mindset, thinking "What a cool system, for an electronic to work by the sun!"


Mana-Sama's Fascination with an Evil and Dark World

Well then, you could say I became fascinated by the SOLARPOWER, as an evil aroma drifted in these goods that Nindendo did not produce. Nintendo's products were mainly based on the good guys, and for me who was unsatisfied with that, I became a slave to this series with a dark images when I pressed the button to the main screen.

Among the entire series, "the one that was particularly pushed was "Terror House (Akuryo no yakata)"! Even just from the title I was in love. First of all, its bright red body was just like blood. However, despite that, what was even more interested was the way you could read "AKURYO NO YAKATA" written in Romanji across it. Since it was intended for children, perhaps they wrote it out just incase so it wouldn't read it as "Warurei no kan"?

Its also worth mentioning the configuration of the screen in this game. It was different from the form of the lovely Game & Watch, there was a depth given in the screen for the use of perspective. It was just like a scene from a horror movie. The monotone visuals on the screen were desolate, but it resembled the early monochrome horror masterpiece movie, "Black Sunday", and all the more, it successfully brought engendered it's dark essence.

On the game screen, inside the strange house, you can hear the thunder roaring, creating the best situation. Something thats even more cool is that on the screen itself there isn't just 1, but two games implemented in it.

In the beginning, the game starts with a boy who has to creep through the garden of the Terror House. Bats start to attack you right from the beginning as you come out of an iron gate fancy, and one by one you must fight off the bats with a knife! Then graves with evil faces come flying out at you! Why graves (laughs)? But apart from that, while you protect yourself from the graves, to some degree the bats are still there, and theres a bridge that spans over a pond and in one go you have to get to the castle! There is quite a bit going on for one screen configuration. By the way, trees with evil faces are also drawn onto the screen towering over everything, making it even more difficult.

The second part starts when you enter the castle. Inside the castle, the big three retro monsters, the Mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein await you. Furthermore, some how Death appears, implementing somewhat of a mysterious scene. In the middle of a life or death combat with the monsters, collapse into ruins, which continues to make your heart beat faster and faster. You also have to attack the monsters several times with a knife. Thereupon, the evil spirits cry out in their death once you have completely cleared the game!

I wonder if you are sharing my excitement? The contents grab ahold of a horror fan's heart, leaving me in tears.

Other than "Terror House", there is more to the SOLARPOWER series line up, such as "The Unexplored Amazon," "Heaven and Hell," "Mystery of the Pyramid," "Mystery of the Sunken Ship", and "Horror of the Deserted Island". Since I don't only like horror, but mystery too, when I saw these titles I couldn't stop my excitement.

A bit of Bad Luck in the Face of the Hardware and Planning

However, it still couldn't go without its defects. The SOLARPOWER's body was made of plastic, so compared to the aluminum Game & Watch it felt like it wasn't a very high tech toy which made it a little bit disappointing. Also, although you could move the main character with a cross joystick in games like "Terror House," operating it didn't work very well. It made you realize what an improvement Nintendo's cross key actually was. Additionally, not only Game & Watch, but at that time arcade games also fundamentally had the movement keys on the left side and action keys on the right side.

However, SOLARPOWER had these keys on the opposite sides making it feel uncomfortable, so it was somewhat difficult to operate. With the presence of those kinds of things, the SOLARPOWER wasn't able to become a big hit. I wonder if this operability became the biggest reason for its badness.

But, this maniac series that bandai made is something I really love.



Footnote:

Since my room is dark due to indirect light, although I still would like to play the SOLARPOWER even now, its too weak for me to see the screen.

(Mana)

Translations by Sarah @ Mana-Sama.net

Kera June Issue


Le dixième anniversaire Live 2011~2012
"Fragments of Philosophy ~Chapter 3 Unusual Destiny Regime~
2012.2.26 @ LIQUIDROOM

Mana-Sama's Project Band, Moi dix Mois, will be seeing its 10 year anniversary starting this March. For its commemoration, they have been playing a live series called "Fragments of Philosophy" since last year. Chapter 3 has been dubbed as the "Unusual Destiny Regime", and the tremendously popular ALI PROJECT, who is into the same Gothic & Lolita scene as Moi dix Mois, guest performed this evening! Previously, a conversation between Arika-Sama and Mana-Sama was posted in the ALI PROJECT's Fanclub bulletin, so it was like a dream that these two got to perform together.

The ALI PROJECT live started with "Ai to Makoto" [Love and Integrity]. A violin player played the tunes to the main songs off to the side, giving the music a classical atmosphere, along Miss Arika wore a pure white wedding dress, plus drag queen dancers who brilliantly showed off on the stage. The audience was strongly pulled into ALI PROJECT's world in one blow. After the MC, she touched on the previous discussion [with Mana], announced a new work she has just released called "Kyoumu Densen" [Nightmare contagion], along with "Ankoku Tengoku" [Darkness Paradise], and "Ankoku Psychedelic" [Darkness Psychedelic] which she has called her "Darkness Series".

At the same time, the audience violently started headbanging at the start of the Moi dix Mois live to their first song, "The Seventh Veil". One after another they played hard and dramatic songs such as "Metaphysical" and "Witchcraft", then the audience became one as they had been trained to say "d・i・x・dix!!" when "Sanctum Regnum" was performed. During the last song, "Immortal Madness", at the MC Mana's words were announced, "For the finale, I have decided to bring a "chemical reaction" before your eyes at the Unusual Destiny Regime. huhuhu…" and Miss Arika entered the stage! The Chapter 3 live came to an end as it rushed up to its climax.

Article by: Okada Maiko

Translated by: Sarah @ Mana-Sama.net






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Anyway, I've been working on translations and I wanted to get them done before posting the scans, but obviously that didn't happen...

I've had so much work to do recently I've only had a couple hours of sleep so every time I start translating I keep almost falling asleep.

So I think I'm going to take a nap for a little while and then get back to translating...
When they're done I'll post them here as always.


(-_-)Zzzz...




Sarah
Comments
you do so mmuch translating work for all the fans *___* you are awesome!!


i stopped tranlsating, because i need to hurry so much with my thesis <.< I rarely have time to read hs blog lately, but reading takes much less time then translating it!!

take time for yourself as well <333
2012/04/16(月) 18:36:39 | URL | charlotte #-[ Edit ]
Take care of yourself, Love, we can wait. :3
2012/04/16(月) 22:33:22 | URL | Jessa #OySdzji6[ Edit ]
Charlotte> XD aww, its nothing really. I seriously enjoy translating all of this stuff...its my passion!! (*__*)/

I can totally understand stopping though...sometimes real life gets in the way. XD Thats a bit of my problem lately too...I don't know how I'm doing all this at the same time. LOL

Jessa> Thanks dix!!! (*__*)
2012/04/17(火) 01:26:01 | URL | Sarah [Mana-Sama.net] #-[ Edit ]
i miss translating and it feels like i stoppped supoorting mana, but... writing a thesis and all the homework... seems i need to decide... *__*

i wish i had time to enjoy moi dix mois lately... at least i can listen to d+sect while reading my extremely boring stuff for my classes XDDD

i miss my vacation already XDDDDDD but i do all to get free time to go back to japan and get energy from mana!!
あぁ、早く密会に参加したい!
2012/04/17(火) 16:46:24 | URL | charlotte #-[ Edit ]
We 're Xtremely fortunate to have a dedicated mama sama fan like u. ^^ .All we can do in return is to appreciate what u do, but if there's more, we would definitely love to be useful.

Once again .. Thanks a million for all your hard work.
2012/04/19(木) 05:08:46 | URL | Fahad #-[ Edit ]
Btw did u get ur ticket to the Tokyo Metropolis Live event by Versailles. I've read that it sold out overnight.
2012/04/19(木) 05:14:30 | URL | Fahad #-[ Edit ]
Fahad> aww thanks!! *___*
No, I didn't get a ticket still... (;~;)
2012/04/19(木) 11:47:01 | URL | Sarah [Mana-Sama.net] #-[ Edit ]
That's really sad T_T .This means we would miss the beautiful spectacle (you are our window to those MdM lives, so if you missed the event, we would be deprived of it too.) of the Versailles 5th Ann special event.
2012/04/19(木) 22:43:15 | URL | Fahad #-[ Edit ]
On the other hand, Moi dix Mois will be a guest performer besides D and Versailles will be performing too (on day 2), so we can conclude that they might have a short setlist and a performance spanning about 1/2 an hour. So it's not a big miss. ~_~
2012/04/19(木) 22:50:07 | URL | Fahad #-[ Edit ]
Fahad> Yeah I've been having the exact same feelings about it all...on one hand they probably wont perform long...on the other, I get the feeling its going to be something really amazing to see... I dunno, at least its in June so I still have time to obtain a ticket. I've posted around on Japanese communities seeing if anyone wants to sell me their ticket, so we can only hope for the best. (;~;)
2012/04/19(木) 23:20:08 | URL | Sarah [Mana-Sama.net] #-[ Edit ]
Yeah the live is something to look for. Maybe we'll see a video of it too. I dunno about MdM but Versailles' and D's live coverages are not rare on the internet.

OK, I hope u get that ticket soon.

*__ Best of Wishes __*
2012/04/20(金) 18:02:16 | URL | FahadFirozKhan #-[ Edit ]
Vacation
Nice post.Please share more.Carry on.....http://www.travelwithkids.tv/
2013/02/21(木) 19:34:18 | URL | Vacation #-[ Edit ]
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