Who's Capcom Pulling For in the D-Arts Character Poll?

higurashiLast month we informed you about a new character poll being run by Rockman Unity and Bandai meant to help determine the next Mega Man characters to become new D-Arts figures. That poll is still running until the 16th, Japan time, so if you haven't submitted your input you definitely should! Since the poll is in Japanese, you can use a wonderful guide on Capcom Unity to help you out. But who are the people at Capcom voting for themselves? Ucchy-san reveals on a recent Rockman Unity post. The top image here pretty much gives away designer Ryuji Higurashi's choice, who previously showed his dismay about Iris missing out. As you can see, he's gunning for Iris, Mayl and Lan. Meanwhile, designer Keisuke Mizuno put in his votes for Rockman (Ariga ver.), Iris and OVER-1. And the last designer to weigh in is Kenta Saito, who's pulling for Tron, Leviathan and Luna Platz.

It wasn't just Japanese designers who gave their votes, though. Brelston and Grega Man from Capcom Unity also submitted! Brett is voting for Metal Man, ProtoMan EXE and Zero, while Greg wants to see MegaMan Volnutt (but of course!), Zero and the Servbot.

Quite a variety of opinions, but I think I see myself siding more with Team Capcom Unity!

Rockman Online Introduces Cinnamon

For those keeping track of developments with Capcom and NeoWiz's joint venture, Rockman Online has got a bit more spice for you. (See what I did there?) Preceding this week's G-Star event in Seoul, NeoWiz has announced the inclusion of Cinnamon in Rockman Online. I can't gather all the details, and while it appears she will be able to accompany players, I'm not certain if she's an actual character type, like X, Zero and Duo.

As you might suspect, Cinnamon will serve as a healing and support character. Using the Great Force Metal Generator she's equipped with, she can treat her comrades. It's also said that, aside from medical healing, she also makes use of biotechnology and alternative medicines. Additionally, it's said she speaks of visions of a place called "Neo Arcadia" where humans and Reploids coexist. While most think this is a side effect of the Force Metal, Duo type hunters believe her words have truth. Weird...

Speaking of G-Star, it appears Pmang plans to release a new trailer for the game on YouTube once the event begins. Teased with a single image, the trailer will contain new animated footage, which has been made as a joint collaboration between Korea and Japan. I'm uncertain if the trailer will contain any actual gameplay, but we can still hope.

Legends 3 Heroine Contest Reminder

The first project in Mega Man Legends 3's fan interaction, the Heroine Contest, is still going on strong. Already the contest has gotten over 15,000 cumulative votes via Capcom Unity, Capcom of Japan and Capcom of Japan's Mobile Site.

Additionally, Capcom of Japan has published some preliminary results. So far the leading design is Shinsuke Komaki's, followed by "Sensei" Haruki Suetsugu's in second, and Tatsuya Yoshikawa's in third (all three pictured above). Incidentally, I know on the Unity side that Sensei's design leads, so it looks like this race is a pretty close one!

If you haven't voted yet you still have time, but it's running out. Voting will run until October 25th, 10AM Japan time, which is October 24th, 6PM US Pacific time. After voting is tied up, Capcom will announce the winner on October 29th! (around 5PM in Japan, 1AM US Pacific). So get those votes in!

Ariga comments on character submissions, gives us some pointers

A few days ago, we posted that Hitoshi Ariga was taking applications for fan created characters to appear as "throwaway characters" in upcoming issues of Rockman Gigamix. So far he is purely delighted about the number of submissions that have come in so far, including those from outside of Japan. However, Ariga also feels there may have been a little something lost in translation. For that reason, he wants to give us some specific pointers to keep in mind when submitting entries from now on:

  • Please do not enter robots created by Dr. Light and Dr. Wily.
  • The chosen robots that appear will not be villains.
  • The chosen robots that appear will not face Rockman.
  • They are defense robots who are protecting the Earth from enemies from space.
  • The storyline for the upcoming Gigamix issues is set in stone, so these characters will not have any impact in the story.
  • The robots will not do anything in particular in the comic, and probably will not have any lines.
  • It is possible the robots will be destroyed the moment they appear (so don't expect the selected robots to do anything cool).
  • Not every robot submitted can be used, unfortunately.

He also makes a point that should he select any robot who was entered with the intention of being a Wily robot or the like will not have such a background in the comic and apologizes. Now of course, I made it pretty clear in the last post these would be throw away characters, and there was no point in making a character overly cool or with a deep background. But I can't blame people for wanting to enter their cherished designs, even if it's just to show off. Just remember that this is Ariga's work, and I imagine he's slightly embarrassed to bring this up. Then again, I do feel most non-Japanese entrants had the right idea, and plenty of Japanese entrants are "Something Man" entries themselves. Nevertheless, Ariga could have easily ignored non-Japanese entries as well, so I think this is rather big of him.

Anyway, just keep those points in mind and keep the submissions coming!

Ariga opens "Moburobo" oekaki; get your character in upcoming Rockman Gigamix

OB1254982028527Ariga recently released the first volume of his new Rockman comic series Rockman Gigamix last week. Now he is looking for fan-made designs to use as extras in the remaining two volumes of Gigamix to come. And how is he taking applications? With oekaki! With this oekaki board, you can draw your character entry on the spot or upload an image you've already created by other means. So what are the conditions for entry? Well, Ariga himself says to just have fun with it. Bear in mind, though, these are just extras, or rather "yarareyaku," which so far as I can tell means "for the purpose of being destroyed," so basically scrubs. Therefore there's not much point in creating the most bad ass awesome character you can think of - he's probably going to appear in just one or two panels with a bunch of other characters before being wiped out! Also, I'm certain drawing anything gross or offensive won't get you anywhere.

If you're unfamiliar with oekaki, you may want to try out on our own board first (and I imagine our oekaki gang will be excited about this news, too). The Moburobo board uses only Shi Painter and Shi Painter Pro. And of course, it will be in Japanese, but you probably only need to draw your image, and then enter a title, description and your name. Perhaps I will make a simple guide if I try to enter a character myself.

But hey, how cool would it be to have your own character appear in a Rockman Gigamix comic? Very cool! So by all means, give it a shot. Besides, I love stuff like this. It's always a chance for us outside Japan to show our support for Rockman/Mega Man!

Thanks to Fireman for the tip.

Update: Now that I've had time to check out the site a little, I've found it's extremely simple to put up your pic (as I'm sure some readers have found already). Unless you're really dying to draw your image from scratch in the oekaki applet, just go here to upload your own picture. The fields are all in English, so no confusion! And you don't need a password to upload a picture. That field is for you to create your own password, so you can go back and update your post if you wish.

Also, pictures need to be in JPG, GIF or PNG format, no greater than 400 x 400 in dimension, and no greater than 100KB in file size. If your picture isn't uploading, one of more of these things may be the problem.