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A few months ago, we brought you word of a new fan-run event to celebrate Mega Man in Tokyo, Japan, called "Mega Rock Fan Festa." Some new information has come up about the event, including the attendance of Hitoshi Ariga, Ippo Yamada, and Yoshihiro Iwamoto.
What's more, 100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 will have representation there from the Japanese branch of the effort. And by the sound of things, they have some very big plans in store for the event, though they've declined to elaborate further at this time except to say that "it's liable to obtain unfathomable amounts of mainstream coverage." Very interesting.
Unfortunately, these plans require funding, and while they've obtained a significant amount from their Japanese supporters, they're still a little bit short. If you'd like to contribute to the cause-- even for curiosity's sake-- then you can PayPal whatever you're willing to chip in to milktea[at]milcoco.net until June 10th, which is the cutoff date for the project.
If curiosity or simply supporting the movement isn't enough for you, however, there are also rewards that will be in effect for those who donate, with everyone who chips in receiving a copy of this mysterious project after Mega Rock Fan Festa concludes. According to Skybane Zero, "As someone who actually knows what this project is, let me reassure you all that your money is not going to waste in the least. This is the kind of thing that I'm sure many of you would happily fund on Kickstarter just to have a chance to experience it for yourselves!"
To give an idea of the scope of the project, they go on to reveal that they have enlisted the help of illustrator Hideki Ishikawa (who worked on Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Legends 2, among numerous other Mega Man titles from the Super NES/PlayStation era) to draw all of the artwork for the event. For those who don't recognize the name, here is one well-known sample of his work:
Additionally, a smaller-scale western project will be making the rounds at the event as well. They'll also be showing off footage from the rocket launch (which has run into some editing complications at the moment) to help make those on the Japanese side of things more aware of the passion for the movement worldwide.
"Honestly, there's no way for me to fully express just how much I think this event could benefit our movement," Skybane Zero says. "This is practically the chance of a lifetime. Numerous iconic people in the Mega Man universe will be present for this, hundreds of passionate fans from all over Japan will be gathered, and above all, this event is taking place in Japan, where our main target, Capcom of Japan, is located. Giving a demonstration of our support in CoJ's own country is almost equivalent to being on their front lawn. Needless to say, the closer we are to them, the more likely our chances are of having our voices heard."
"Now," he continues, "I'm not saying that I think CoJ will be inspired by this show of passion enough to reinstate Legends 3. I'm not saying that they'll be touched enough to give us a proper apology (or reason) for cancelling the game. What I am saying, though, is this: if ever there was a chance to make them realize our passion, if ever there was a chance to convince them of the overwhelming demand for Mega Man Legends, now would be that time. So, by all means, if you'd like to see these plans come to fruition as much as we would, we'd greatly appreciate your donations!"
Of course, beyond Mega Man Legends, this is also a great opportunity to show how much passion there is for Mega Man in general. We wish 100,000 Strong the best of luck in reaching their goal and getting the project underway-- we're dying to see what it is!
Rockman Unity has shared some more of the new artwork added to the R20+5: Rockman and Rockman X Official Complete Works art book, each by a different Rockman manga artist celebrating the Blue Bomber's 25th anniversary. Above, you can see the contribution of Ryo Takamisaki, who you might remember as the creator of the Rockman.EXE manga that was localized here by Viz as MegaMan NT Warrior.
Read on to see Hitoshi Ariga (Mega Man Megamix and Mega Man Gigamix) and Yoshihiro Iwamoto's (Rockman X) respective pieces. Thanks for the tip, Oakie620!
In case you're not up on this particularly bit of Japanese meme-ery, we'll let you read Heat's explanation of it from last year, which you can find here. Don't worry, we'll wait.
All done? Great! So as it happens, Rockman X manga artist Yoshihiro Iwamoto has once more continued this little tradition of his, but with a twist! After all, this year's holiday season encompasses the 25th anniversary of the Blue Bomber, and with the two events but a week apart, he couldn't let such a time of two great things coming together go by unnoticed, could he?
So read on for his special one-two much of Mega Man and "Merry Christmas!"
First up, it's Mega Man! Or perhaps more appropriately, "Rockman," as rendered by Iwamoto-- a relatively rare event, all said!
Accompanying it is the following message:
おはようございます。 折角のクリスマスイヴなのに中耳炎になったようです。 風邪の置き土産のようです。 いや、素人診断ですけどね。 間が悪く振り替え休日なのでお医者さんは明日に。
Run through Google Translator, it says:
Good morning. It seems to otitis media has become a long-awaited Christmas Eve. It's like a souvenir placement of the cold. No, but it is an amateur diagnosis. The doctor to be transferred between the holiday tomorrow so bad.
In, today is D-Arts Rockman must be reached. Fun! !
So keep up the illustration of the minutes of this year.
A good Christmas ^ ^
Update: And from Will Tice in the comments below, a real translation:
Good morning. Even though it's the long-awaited Christmas Eve, it seems I've come down with an ear infection. It's like a parting gift from my cold. Well, it's just an amateur diagnosis. Unluckily, it's a substitute holiday, so I'll see the doctor tomorrow.
Well then, today the D-Arts Rockman is arriving. I'm excited!!
Now then, I'm uploading this year's illustration. Have a good Christmas ^^
But wait-- Here Comes a New Challenger!!!
I'm sorry ... everyone. Upset with otitis media and cold ... ^ ^;
So early ... but I Choi.
Christmas fun this year!
Yellow rock, paper, scissors! !
Heat could provide a better translation, I'm sure, but it sounds like something about the media has him down, yet he's otherwise in high spirits. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, too, Mr. Iwamoto!
Update: And the rest of Will Tice's translation:
Sorry everyone... I have a cold and ear infection, so my condition isn't great... ^^;
Because of that, I'm rather early, but...
Have a good Christmas this year!!
Yellow rock, paper, scissors!!
Thanks to Ghalheart for the tip!
Source: Iwamoto's Blog
The big surprise is now out. In commemoration of Rockman's 25th anniversary, Rockman Xover will be offering two special Battle Memory cards featuring exclusive artwork by manga artists Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto. The Iwamoto card, featuring X, is available from now until January 15th, 2013. After that, Ariga's card (yet to be revealed) will be available from January 16th to the 31st. All registered players will be able to obtain the special cards during these periods.
You can also take a look at the Rockman Xover birthday page for some nifty 25th anniversary sketches by Iwamoto and Ariga!
News Credit: CAP Kobun
R20: Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works (released in the west by UDON as separate volumes) is easily one of the best and most definitive art books for the Mega Man series. And in honor of Mega Man's 25th anniversary, it's going to get republished with additional content as "R20: Revised Edition" (currently a tentative name).
To bolster the book's contents, manga artists Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto will be submitting special illustrations just for the book. Other additions are being planned, but will come to light at a later date. I'd wager that Mega Man 9 and 10's contents would likely be added, since they came out after the original "R20" was published.
Additionally, a major Q&A for all Mega Man series artists is being prepped (which even includes Xover), and they want fans to contribute their questions. If you use Twitter, you can submit your questions with the hashtag "#R20増補" for consideration. You can submit as many as you like, but certainly not all of them can be addressed (and I doubt all your "why is Capcom killing Mega Man?" questions will be). The deadline for questions is October 11th at 1PM, Japan time.
With as awesome as the original R20 was, I can only hope they'll add plenty more!
News Credit: Rockman Unity
Alas, there must only be one. That one would be... Fuzz Buzz! Their entry consisted of an early touching scene in the manga, of X comforting a little girl whose dog was killed in a Maverick attack. Also, a very important scene as it shows us X is the only reploid capable of crying, which is a huge driving point of the plot. It was also a very unique medium, making it out of wire and clay to present the scene.
Great job everyone and congrats Fuzz Buzz! You can see all of the awesome entries on the contest page.
As a side note, a lot of the entries were X1 related, probably since Dr. Neko's only translated only the first volumes. Clearly, Udon needs to spread the Iwamoto love.
The last time we saw X's manga-nificent gal-pal Merti/Marti/whatever, she was looking a little... well, barren. At least, insofar as her attire was concerned. And truth be told, not much has changed... but, that isn't to say nothing has changed. Courtesy of Auto, we have a new pic (click to enlarge) of the Reploid-mermaid-pirate-Saint Seiya cosplayer (thanks to Auto again for that one), now with all of her colorful paint apps applied.
As you can see, she now has eyes! She also has more blue across her costume, while the red parts from before now carry a snazzy new metallic sheen, with a fade to gold along the... er, wings? Cape? The things which aren't hair and are going down her back.
Of course, as Heat noted previously, it is a garage kit, and so there will be some elbow grease required in order to have a finished product sitting before you. Whether that includes paint and decals (meaning the pic is just for show), we still have no word. But for now, enjoy!
H'ooooooh man. We're not gonna need to install an age gate on this site are we? Here is the basic color cast of Yama Tai Koku's Merti garage kit, commissioned by Rockman X manga writer Yoshihiro Iwamoto himself. If you could attend Wonder Fest next month and purchase the kit, this is essentially what you'd end up with without any additional painting. It's not terrible actually; most garage kits come in plain gray. Along with the photo, additional kit details were also revealed on figure site FG. The kit was essentially designed to match the proportions of the D-Arts Rockman X figures. It will include three facial expressions, three hand types, and Merti's spear-like weapon. The joints, which are typical consumer figure joints, must be purchased separately. There is no word on whether or not the kit will come with decals for the finer details, such as eyes. If you do come to Wonder Fest, though, you can get an autograph from Iwamoto himself!
So if you're really looking to grab this kit, you better be prepared for a bit of DIY work. On the other hand, your laziness is essentially being rewarded with more skin than Merti's outfit normally features!
Thanks for the tip, Auto!
Well folks, are you ready for some 2012 festivities? Let's kick it off, it's time for a new contest! Our latest offering is the already super-rare D-Arts Rockman X "Comic Ver." figure! This figure was sold in limited numbers at the Tamashii Nations 2011 event int Tokyo, but now it can only be picked up from resellers. Or from us! Our contest is a very simple tribute contest: You make whatever you want to show tribute to Yoshihiro Iwamoto's Rockman X manga. It can be artwork, or a comic, or a video; anything you like! It simply must reference the manga. Show your fandom to win! You have until February 5th at midnight, PST to send us your entry, so get to it!
Additionally, I want to announce our intent to do something amazing for you all. This contest is just the first in a series of contests we hope to hold for the whole year - one a month. We're doing this because, frankly, we want you to remember how awesome Mega Man is. Last year some really unfortunate things happened, and the fandom really got hit in the gut. Can't say I know where we're gonna go from here, but until we get there will be throwing chances to win something unique or cool every month!
We'll also be sure to put some variety into the contests themselves, so something ought to strike your fancy sooner or later. We may not have a new Mega Man for some time, but that doesn't mean we can't get joy and excitement from it. Here's to all you fans!
Bit from Mega Man X3 may not seem like he has anything to do with Christmas, but fans of the Rockman X manga by Yoshihiro Iwamoto ought to know differently. An image that has become a meme among Rockman fans is the above frame of Bit, looking rather psychotic and screaming "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!" followed by an insane laugh.
On his homepage, Iwamoto has a yearly tradition of putting up a new, twisted picture of Bit with the infamous yell - this year's even features the Rockman X comic version figure. The quote has also become a typical Christmas greeting among Rockman fans, some of whom do their own Bit artwork. Doesn't it just fill you with warm Christmas cheer?
To be honest, I'm not very knowledgeable of the Rockman X manga series, and I don't know the context behind Bit's holiday outburst - perhaps someone more enlightened can say? Nevertheless, just some fun fan trivia to wish you a happy holiday this year! HYAHAHAHAA!!
Edit: Auto, who was in the mood for some holiday one-upmanship, also has an article up about the meme with an explanation on the context of Bit's Christmas greeting. And it's pretty much just as twisted as you might imagine!
Top image by K
For you fans of awesome Rockman garage kits and figures you'll probably never be able to buy, things got a lot easier to keep track of with the opening of Hobby Rock. This site lists the various Rockman kits planned to be at the Winter 2012 Wonder Festival, on February 12th, with product pics and expected prices. Some of the figures present, like Yama Tai Koku's Leviathan kit, were released last year. But there are new ones in the works too, such as an Ariga styled Quick Man, a waist-up of Zero styled after the Mythos arranged album, and of course Iwamoto's highly touted Merti kit, also by Yama Tai Koku, which is said will be color cast (and run you ¥10,000!). Don't think I've heard anything before about that color cast Prairie kit either. So much cool stuff!
Incidentally, it appears Yama Tai Koku is working on a Rockman X kit based on Kotobukiya's Zero kit, although I can't say for sure whether this is aimed at being a Wonder Festival product (they'd certainly be busy with everything else).
Man, I really don't know if I'll be able to make to Wonder Festival, but it'd be a shame to miss out on this rare swag. Perhaps now that Hobby Rock has manifested, we should raise our voices if having them bring their wares out of Japan! They are on Twitter!
Tamashii Nation 2011 has come and gone, and those who were able to make it to the event and pick up an Iwamoto-styled D-Arts Rockman X are already starting to show off their posing prowess. With a stand and some effect parts, you can recreate some pretty cool scenes from the manga! And don't forget, of course, the parts are compatible with the other D-Arts figures (like Full Armored X).
Of course, if you couldn't make it to the event (or even make it to Japan), this gem will be pretty hard to get. I wonder if there'll be some other way someone can pick one up...
Thanks for the tip, Auto!
A couple months back we reported on the announcement of a garage kit in the works for the original Rockman X manga character Merti. And not just any garage kit, but one officially endorsed by series author Yoshihiro Iwamoto. Mr. Iwamoto has been posting gradual updates, and recently showed off the first look at the figure's completed body form. I actually don't know much about Merti or the X manga in general, but I think Iwamoto's statement of "It's Sexy Dynamite!!!" says enough.
As you can see, the garage kit is roughly on scale to the Bandai D-Arts Mega Man X figures. Also, while it uses a stand in the above photo, the kit is capable of standing on its own feet. While it looks like things are coming along well, Iwamoto still wants more detail in the back of the hair and the back parts. In other words, more focus on the backside. Hm.
The garage kit is planned to go on sale at Wonder Festival in February, 2012. However, revealed on a Spicemen podcast last week, Iwamoto plans to hold a party in honor of Merti's "substantiation." This event is planned to be held on January 27th, somewhere in Tokyo. It is likely the first time the absolutely completed Merti kit will be shown, and other surprises might be in store, too. More details of the event will be announced before long, so Iwamoto fans should keep their heads up!
News Credit: CAP Kobun's Daletto Blog