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Autobase Aichi have posted a summary of this months issue of Hyper Hobby (the November 2012 issue). Below you will find a translation of the contents.
Various Transformers Prime figures were shown including the Arms Micron "Shining Campaign" figufres.
Transformers United EX-10 was shown
New images of Masterpieces Lambor (Sideswipe), Alert (Red Alert) and Soundwave where shown, though they are the same stock images as the other hobby magazines for this month
A feature was showon for the e-Hobby Shop limited edition Shattered Glass Soundwave Vs Blaster set, which included some background on the Shattered Glass universe.
A sihouette of the next Transformers Generations figures were also shown
High Moon Studios have released some changes to the Multi-Player mode for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron which will make the game a little fairer for players using different classes of robot. You can find full details of the changes over on the High Moon Studios website or by reading the copy below.
"We mainly focused on abilities and weapons with our first update, and we're happy with how those changes turned out. We've had enough time to gather data about the weapon and ability upgrades, and it was clear some changes could improve the parity in these choices. So, the focus in this update is to make the upgrade choices better balanced.
- Energon Recharger - There was more energon recharger camping going on than we would like. So, the duration of the effect has been cut and half, and speed of healing has been slightly reduced.
- Ultra-Power Core - Was 20% damage increase, now 30%. Perhaps this will be a more alluring counter to the recharger.
- Nucleon Charge Rifle – Although it does require considerable skill to use it well, this is actually the most powerful weapon in the game currently. So, we're going to try doubling the charge time.
- Deadeye - Cuts charge time in half instead of a third.
- Scatter Blaster - 10% increase in fire interval.
- Sonic Blast - Used to increase fire interval 25%, now only 15%. Combined with the base fire interval boost, its almost the same.
- Fireblast - Previous buff wasn't enough, so fire damage per shot is being increased again from 40 to 60.
- Shotgun Ion Cartridge - Used to be 4 extra shots per clip, now 6.
- Path Blaster
- Magma Dampener - Used to be a 60% reduction in cooldown, now only 35% reduction.
- Subsonic Repeater
- Hyper Interlink - Used to be 1.5x reload speed, now 2x.
- Cyber Optics - Used to be 35% less spread, now 25% less spread.
- Cloak Intercooler - Used to change refill time from 14 to 7 seconds , now only 14 to 10.
- EMP Grenade
- EMP Intercooler - Used to go from 15 to 10, now is 15 to 8.5.
- Neutron Assault Rifle - 10% boost to damage.
- Ion Cartridge - Instead of 14 extra bullets per clip, its now 20.
- Gear Shredder - Another small boost to homing, much smaller than last time.
- A4 Pulsar Cannon
- Ion Cartridge - Used to give 2 extra shots per, now gives 3.
- Riot Cannon
- Ion Cartridge - Used to give 3 extra shots, now gives 4.
- Thermo Rocket Cannon
- Hyper Interlink - Was 50% faster reload, now 35%
- Chaos-Rift Combuster
- Amplifier Pak - Used to give 6 extra shots, now 10
- Hover Slam
- Aerial Clamper - You now regenerate ability resource if you stop moving.
- Diffraction Barrier
- Ensnare - Used to last 3 seconds, now 2.
- Energon Harvester - Was 17 damage per pellet, now 15.
- X18 Scrapmaker - Increase spread 20 percent.
- Cyber Optics - Was 65% spread, now 75%.
- Ion Cartridge - was 50 extra bullets, now 100.
- Dropshot - Windup time further reduced.
- EDK Techvolt - Another small damage increase, 140 per second to 150.
- Ion Cartridge - was 30 extra ammo per clip, now 50.
- Corrosive Slime Cannon - 15% increase in goo radius.
- Corrosion Accelerant - This used to double the duration, now it 2.5x it.
- Sonic Blast - Used to be 66% increase in fire interval, now 33%.
- Flak Shield
- Brute Force - Was 50% damage taken, now 70% damage taken.
- Blastproff - 50% increase in health regenned.
e-Hobby have posted part 2 of their interview with Hidetsugu Yoshioka where he gives his frank opinions on artistic techniques, characterization, and US comic writing. This is the second of the three part interview which is available in both Japanese and English.
English - http://www.e-hobbymagazine.com/english/information_en/4726.html
Here are some snippets from the interview
From Twitter: Are there any stories or scenes from the Marvel comics that you’re fond of?
Yoshioka: Rather than any specific scenes, I liked how they’d lump guys like Bludgeon, Octopunch, and Stranglehold together, and make you wonder what they could possibly have in common. (Laughter)
From Twitter: “Your use of heavy shadowing, evoking the atmosphere of American comics, gives an intense visual appeal to your works. When drawing in that style, what’s the vision behind your art?”
Yoshioka: In Japan, there’s a style of manga called “gekiga”. It’s pretty much a dead genre now. (Laughter) This style used a lot of shadowing, which would make the panels seem more distinct when compared with typical white backgrounds. Gekiga were practically pitch-black. I read some of them when I was a kid, and it had an influence. Japanese art doesn’t usually use shadowing that much. It must have been after Katsuhiro Otomo that people began using screen tones to tighten up art.
From Facebook: “Would you ever consider working on Transformers comics for the Western market, such as titles published by IDW? I know we’d love to see your work published on our shores!”
…As you can see from this question, you do have a lot of global fans. When we announced this interview, we got a lot of people in foreign countries saying “I really want to ask Yoshioka-sensei a question!” or “I’m dying to get one of his illustrations!”
Yoshioka: Oh, I’d be honored. I don’t know how we’d communicate, though. (Laughter)
I’ll be your personal interpreter! (Laughter) If you had the chance, would you be interested in taking part in one of the overseas Transformers conventions?
Yoshioka: I’d really like to. We don’t have that kind of thing in Japan.
I feel like if there was a Transformers-only event in Japan, a lot of fans would flock to it.
Yoshioka: At general events like Wonder Festival and Super Festival, it’s not focused on Transformers, and there’s no official booth, either. I wonder how many fans would come together in Japan for a TF-themed event?
Looking at the number of fans who line up to buy exclusives at the events we have now, I definitely think it’s possible.
Yoshioka: It’d probably be those same people who would take part in a Transformers event. But that should be enough, as long as they don’t mess up with the capacity of the convention center. (Laughter)
It's catch-up time here at Transformers At The Moon and what better place to start than by uploading the rest of the Japanese Hobby Magazine scans we're collected for the last 6 months (don't worry we still have about another 30-50 back issues from the 90s to scan through yet). So without further-a-do, here's the list of which magazines are now available:
I've added the Feb 2012 and June 2012 issues.
Issues 168, 169 and 171 are also now available.
The June 2012 issue is now available.
For Hyper Hobby, you can now find issues for March, April and May 2012 all online.
We've added the March, April, May and June 2012 issues of TV Boy to our archive.
The Jan 2012 issue has finally been added.