Weekly BEnama News #123: VOLZZA2, Qubell, AnimTribe details, and more!

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BEnama, or BE生, is Konami’s weekly livestream that showcases what’s new or what’s coming soon to various BEMANI games. This week’s was the 123rd episode and special guests DJ TOTTO, Des-ROW, あさき (Asaki), and visual-kei vocalist 剣 (Sadie) joined our usual host Tanaka-san to talk about GITADORA and REFLEC BEAT

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First up was GITADORA news. A new Asaki song with vocals by Sadie was added to GITADORA today, as well as REFLEC BEAT plus. It will also be playable in the upcoming VOLZZA2:

  • 透明はまだらに世界を告げて / あさき×剣

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The song is also available to download for free from Konami’s 着信★うた♪ digital delivery platform.

Did we mention VOLZZA2? Because Konami did. DJ TOTTO and Des-ROW joined the stream here and we got a preview of the logo and title screen:
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In addition to that, a new “Top Assist” option that you can toggle on or off was introduced. It seems like this will not only make the timing for Top notes easier, but also provide a large hit zone, seen below:

 

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A new My Course mode was also shown, which acts similar to Expert/Dan mode in other Bemani games – you choose 4 songs, and only have one life gauge. Another feature, Skill Points, allows for some kind of customization such as name plate, colors, etc:

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And finally, the songs! 9 new licensed songs will be playable in VOLZZA2:

  • ギミチョコ!! / BABYMETAL
  • Preserved Roses / T.M.Revolution×水樹奈々
  • ふ・れ・ん・ど・し・た・い / 学園生活部
  • アシタノヒカリ / AAA
  • リクライム / ROOKIEZ IS PUNK’D
  • ANTI-HERO / SEKAI NO OWARI
  • プライド革命 / CHICO with HoneyWorks
  • 混ぜるな危険 / 筋肉少女帯
  • ダイバー / KANA-BOON

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In the coming weeks, we should have much more information on this update.

Next up was DDR, with – surprise! – U1-asami himself making a special appearance to introduce the 3rd DDR A preview song announced – siberite / Captain KING:

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In a quick Jubeat news corner, the 龍と少女とデコヒーレンス Jbox selection was announced to be obtainable between 3/10 and 3/17:

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One more teaser for the upcoming Jubeat Qubell: the Opening songs for popular/classic anime series Lucky☆Star and K-ON!! will be playable:

  • もってけ!セーラーふく / 神前暁
  • GO!GO!MANIAC / 放課後ティータイム

After that, a new song was revealed for Pop’n Music eclale’s Star Factory:

  • 巻寿司戦隊ウマイヤン ~コードネームはグリーン~ / 七誌

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The character, “Tanaka-san,” is reportedly unrelated to our host, Tanaka-san!

The focus then turned to BeatStream AnimTribe – where a new BEAST CRISIS event will start today. This will allow players to use a new Hard Gauge to fight a mad scientist and gain rewards, such as the KAC finals song CHERNOBOG / 漆黒のEBONY:

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Finally, a few shots were shown from last weekend’s EXIT TUNES DANCE PARTY 2016 -SOUND VOLTEX FLOOR ANTHEM & beatnation summit- (But we’ll save those for our own Event Report, coming soon!)

At the last moment, Tanaka-san tried his best to convince viewers to purchase the Premium IIDX controller, which only had 2 hours left in its sales period. (Sales are now closed!)

Thanks for reading – we’ll be back again next week with (presumably) some Qubell and VOLZZA2 info. And perhaps something for IIDX? We’ll see!