Yesterday, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma issued an apology and announced that the Legend of Zelda for Wii U will not be appearing at E3 2015 and will not release in 2015 at all. By way of explanation, he said new and exciting gameplay possibilities arose during the development of the game. So significant were these ideas that they decided to push out the release date so they could fully explore them. Nintendo has never been shy about taking as long as it takes to make good games. However, in recent years, they have adopted a strategy where they avoid announcing or showing titles until they are very far in development, or even ready to release, to avoid disappointment at missed deadlines. The fact that they so publicly promised the game this year, then delayed it, I think speaks to the significance of the gameplay innovations they are working on.
There's no telling what this means for Star Fox, since Mr. Miyamoto stated it would come out before this Zelda game. Hopefully we will still see this one at E3.
Another find by Brian, this cosplayer appeared at Paris Manga 2014, a manga and sci-fi convention in France. Neither of us know anything about this cosplayer other than their on-stage appearance here. Like Mancoin's performance in the previous post, this Adventures Krystal fursuiter does a short, choreographed fight sequence with Krystal's staff to music from Star Fox Adventures.
We have posted about Mancoin's Krystal cosplay before. Since then, Brian sent me a few videos of Mancoin's Krystal cosplay at UniCon 2014. The first is Mancoin's on-stage performance with music, sound effects, and voice acting integrated into the act (Alternate Angles: 1, 2, 3). The second video, below, is a quick cellphone video of Krystal acting catty.
Quite a few new Krystal cosplayers have appeared in the last couple years. I'll be posting about as many as I can in the next few days.
Nayel-ie tells me that she has discontinued work on the Adventures cosplay, but not to worry, she's planning to do an Assault version soon.
Three days of editing and over 10 hours of rendering later, here it is, the fully edited Krystal Archive Podcast Live Panel at Furry Fiesta 2015! Featuring special guest Ayano as Assault Krystal and one other surprise guest. See all of the announcements that you missed out on in person.
One of the announcements of the presentation at Furry Fiesta 2015 was that I have managed to decode all of the sound effect data for Star Fox Assault in both the English and Japanese versions. I would like to subtitle them all so I can make a page where everyone can read and listen to the voice acting in the game. Unfortunately, there are 3290 audio files, far more than I can comfortably subtitle myself. That's where you come in.
I have uploaded the audio files and set up a spreadsheet on Google Docs that anyone can edit, even without a Google account. Just go to the spreadsheet, follow the instructions, and fill out data. Whether you can do a little subtitling, or a lot, anything helps! As a bonus, you can see the current status of the subtitling and all the files right now.
Furry Fiesta was essentially "Krystal Con" for me.
Except for the technical difficulties, the panel was a smashing success. About 15 to 20 people attended. Many laughs were had and the announcements have been greeted with much enthusiasm. Ayano was kind enough to come to the talk and posed for some photos with everyone, in spite of not really being able to understand what was being said during the talk.
I was able to meet two big Krystal fans for the first time:
- Stratosfear Tully (formerly Eggman9713) - the maintainer of the Krystal Lovers Association
- Tobias Amaranth - One of the first widely-known Krystal fans on the internet (he was vocal and had several important Krystal commissions)
I hung out with Brian from the UK. Together we formed a two-man paparazzi for Ayano, occasionally being joined by a third man, one of Ayano's friends from Japan. Between us, we have more than 2 hours of footage and many photographs of both the Assault and Adventures suits. More than a few furries were a little taken aback at our sole focus on the blue vixen fursuiter. We followed her literally everywhere, always keeping our cameras trained on her.
On that note, having seen it myself I can enthusiastically confirm that the Assault suit is fantastic! Not just good, but I would argue better than the Adventures suit by a substantial amount. What's more, the photographs don't do it justice. It actually looks even better in person. As always, Ayano acted the part fantastically through body language. Unfortunately for everyone, the gatling gun had to stay at home in Japan, for fear that it would be confiscated by American airport security. Ayano brought her staff instead, and on occasion, a small nerf gun.
Now the real work begins. I have to redo the presentation video and edit the tons of Ayano footage and photos. Then there's the new content I announced during the panel that must be prepped for posting. I'll try to do a little each day, so stay tuned.
Somehow the livestream didn't record sound and we were not able to observe this fact until the panel was over. I'm so sorry guys!
Until I fully edit the video (which will use a different camera), I can't fix the audio on the livestream video. However, I can give you the audio that WOULD have played if the sound was working. Just download this audio clip and start playing it as soon as you hit play on the livestream.
As promised, the HD Krystal Cutscenes and Fox-to-Krystal videos.
Streaming will begin Friday, February 20th at 6PM CST, as long as we can secure internet access.