.hack//G.U. TRILOGY Screening with CC2

CC2 screened the .hack//G.U. TRILOGY movie recently for fans. Many members from CC2 were present, including president Matsuyama Hiroshi, Niizato Hiroto, and Isobe Takayuki as MCs during the film.

We heard several interesting anecdotes about the production of the film as well as some additional details that have remained undisclosed until now.

Here are a couple notes from the event:

  • Matsuyama Hiroshi never had a computer growing up, so when he first started CC2, he didn’t know how to use one. He didn’t know how to type and just used the “hunt and peck” technique with both index fingers.
  • He didn’t understand how the “copy and paste” function worked, either. He somehow thought that if he hit Cntl+C on one computer, walked over to another computer and hit Cntl+V, it would spit out what he had coppied but… alas. lol
  • Back in the day, when computer mice didn’t have a trackball to easily scroll down a webpage, he didn’t know how to scroll down since the mouse would quickly reach the end of his desk… so he tried extending the desk with his arm to continue scrolling down.
  • Hosokawa Seiichiro is apparently a larger-built guy with a very quiet voice. He doesn’t do well in social situations. During CC2’s 20th anniversary staff party in Tokyo, everyone from the main Fukuoka headquarters were given airfare and lodgings to come to Tokyo… but Hosokawa never came. When Matsuyama asked what happened, Hosokawa said that… his stomach hurt. Matsuyama said that it was a waste if he never showed, but people have their own unique quirks and ticks… so there’s really nothing you can do but respect them for who they are.

Regarding .hack//G.U. TRILOGY and the Game

  • For the B’st segment in the movie, Matsuyama told Sakurai Takahiro (voice of Haseo) to sort of vomit the lines… Sakurai tried his best but… ended up not doing it. haha
  • Matsuyama wanted to sever some of Haseo’s limbs in the game, but Sony has a specific regulation against disembodiment. This why they managed to do it a little bit during the B’st segment in the movie (ie. Haseo’s leg is ripped off). Matsuyama continued to say that he is a bit fond of a degree of violence and dark stories.
  • The scene where Atoli appears before Haseo while he’s engulfed in flames during the B’st segment, Matsuyama said that this scene took the longest to get right–namely with Atoli. At one point she looked too ghostly.
  • The scene where Haseo and Ovan fight with their Avatars, he mentioned seemed a lot like Gundam. …maybe too much like Gundam.
  • The scene where Ovan’s glasses float momentarily in the air before disintegrating was apparently a huge laughing point for audiences in France. Generally speaking, audiences in Japan do not laugh at that moment… so it was a huge cultural shock for Matsuyama to experience so many people viewing that moment as comical. He said, “People are so insensitive!!”
  • Apparently, the female staff at CC2 had an issue with how Haseo & Atoli held hands at the end, saying it felt very awkward. Come to find out, the main motion animator working on the scene didn’t have a girlfriend at the time, so he didn’t know about those fine details. haha

Regarding the Up-coming LieN 10th Anniversary Concert & Live Event

  • The event will be split between live performances by LieN and recitation dramas by some of the G.U. cast.
  • The recitation dramas will consist of 8 parody mode dramas that take place after the previous set from Last Recode.
  • One drama will portray the final day of R:2, lasting 7.5 minutes.

Haseo & Atoli’s Embrase

※ I’m going from memory regarding these lines, so please keep that in mind.

Haseo: We are the same, you and I. Afraid of being hurt, frightened of sorrow. Even within our own minds, we avoid our true selves. It’s no wonder no one else really understands us.
Atoli: Yeah…
Haseo: Other people can’t determine our place in life–that’s for us to decide.
Atoli: But, by doing that, we might hurt others… even ourselves.
Haseo: Yeah. But, we’ll never find where we belong if we’re always afraid of being hurt.
Atoli: Haseo-san.
Haseo: Yeah?
Atoli: I’m here.
Haseo: Yeah.
Atoli: I’ll always be here, seeing you for who you truly are.

▲ It was really nice hearing this dialogue, but I have to side with deleting it. The audience doesn’t need to know the details of what’s being said there–we can infer that on our own pretty well. I think it’s more emotional to let the vocals in the song take the spotlight and direct the emotion of the scene. Thoughts and emotions are just as easily conveyed in music as they are in words.

They also gave away a bunch if shikishi as lottery prizes. I got a cool one of Bordeaux by Oiji!

“Mecha Ude” Article by Famitsu

This is my translation of a recent article from the Famitsu website discussing the fundraiser campaign for a new anime TV series “Mecha Ude” aka “Mechanical Arms” supervised by CC2.

▶︎ Listen to some key people behind the birth of “Mecha Ude” as they discuss why they’ve teamed up with CC2, future development, and more.

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CC2’s “Future Vision” Likely to be Announced on February 1st!

During the live broadcast on NicoNico tonight, Matsuyama-san announced that they will be releasing the “future vision” for CC2 in Famitsu magazine on February 1st.

He was very diligently writing something in his sketchbook long after the others finished writing their goal or mission for 2018.

Then finally when he revealed what he was drawing…

…a boob. He drew… a boob.

But that’s not all…!!

He announced that whatever “vision” CC2 has for the future will be announced in the issue of Famitsu magazine on February 1st. I wonder what it could be!!

Here’s the clip:

Seminar Talk at Creek and River by CyberConnect2’s Matsuyama Hiroshi

The CEO of CyberConnect 2, Matsuyama Hiroshi, held a really interesting seminar for game creators and those interested in the topic. Although, I am hardly part of the industry, the interest and passion has always been there. I was able to attend this event, although I arrived a little after it had begun.

There was also time for a book signing and a brief discussion gathering after the event where we were treated to some small drinks and snacks.

Matsuyama was completely in the game tonight and it was clear he was enjoying giving the seminar. I had a blast just listening to him tell the handful of anecdotes throughout the evening.

We were told that we were free to take photos, but to just be mindful of when it was appropriate to take photos. 🙂

▲ Quick company stats with photos from the Fukuoka, Tokyo, and maybe Montreal offices?

Company Size

  • Fukuoka Studeo: 180
  • Tokyo Studeo: 33
  • Montreal: 14

▲ Slide for 『.hack//G.U. Last Recode』!!

▲ Naruto is one of the main titles that CC2 releases. This is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 “Road to Boruto”.

▲ Another one of their series would have to be Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. This is the PS3 release of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle and the PS3/PS4 release of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven.

▲ Here’s one of the few smartphone applications that they produced, Full Bokko Heroes X for both iOS and Android.

▲ The offices are literally littered with more than 60 different magazines every month for employees to browse!

▲ There are also all kinds of movie and anime DVD/Blu-rays, individual manga books, and various video game titles freely available to employees.

▲ The company also provides many opportunities for employees to “skill up” their abilities in various areas such as C++, UnrealEngine4, Python scripts, and more.

▲ With the basic introduction out of the way, this was the “meat” of the seminar:
“The Game Creator Seminar”!!!

▲ First, we were asked to think of the average number of games sold in a single year. Numbers ranged from 200 to 1000.

▲ This chart breaks down the number of game titles released every year.

  • 2004: 802
  • 2005: 828
  • 2006: 900
  • 2007: 983
  • 2008: 972
  • 2009: 811
  • 2010: 745
  • 2011: 679
  • 2012: 644
  • 2013: 565
  • 2014: 539
  • 2015: —– ↓
  • 2016: —– ↓
  • 2017: —– ↑

My photography was bad in the moment, so I don’t have the exact numbers for 2015-2017, but the main point was that 2017 signaled in a slight rebound from the downward trend of releases since 2007.

▲ Next, we were asked to think how many games a person buys in the course of a year.

▲ Generally speaking, the average number of games a “game fan” purchases in a year is 8.8. A soft-core gamer buys about 4 games a year.

▲ Next, we were asked to think of what titles sold over 1,000,000 copies in 2017. I was stupid with the numbers (Japanese “man” is a bit difficult to calculate in your brain) and suggested NieR:Automata did…even though I knew it only sold a bit over 300,000 copies. lol

▲ And this was our answer, a list of top selling titles in 2017!

  1. 3DS: Dragon Quest 11 – 1,728,000
  2. 3DS: Monster Hunter Double Cross – 1,668,000
  3. PS4: Dragon Quest 11 – 1,321,000
  4. Switch: Splatoon2 – 1,309,000
  5. Switch: Mario Cart 8 Deluxe – 717,000
  6. 3DS: Pokemon Sun/Moon – 560,000
  7. Switch: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the World – 551,000
  8. Switch: Super Mario Odessy – 511,000
  9. 3DS: Super Mario Maker – 397,000
  10. PS4: NieR:Automata – 343,000

▲ Basically, if titles don’t sell over 100,000 copies, they’re losing money…

▲ If we imagine the sales of the top 40 games are positive, then anything 41 to 424 is losing money. 1/10 is in positive figures, whereas 9/10 is in the red.

▲ Among the gaming industry, 1/5 of titles is in positive numbers whereas 4/5s are in the red; which means, 20% have to be MASSIVE HITS!

▲ So it’s very important to know what sort of interesting things will sell. It’s best to avoid talking with people who cannot answer this question.

▲ It’s also vitally important for copies to connect with fans to hear their opinions on a multitude of topics. How/what do people play, read, watch, experience.

▲ This shows the trends of various platforms. The top represents smartphone and PC online games, the middle represents home gaming games, and the last represents home gaming hardware.

December 27, 2015

  • Online Platform (smartphone & PC) = 998,900,000,000yen
  • Home Software & Hardware = 360,200,000,000yen
  • →2016 Home Software & Hardware = 299,400,000,000yen

▲ Global Market Size: 5,400,000,000,000yen; Japan is just 1/14 of this figure.

▲ Global sales for the PS4 is around 60,000,000 units, where as within Japan alone, it’s around 5,000,000.

▲ Titles that sold well overseas:

  • Pokemon Sun/Moon
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Bloodborne
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Yokkai Watch 3
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Monster Hunter Double Cross
  • Pokken Tournament
  • The Last Guardian
  • Street Fighter V
  • NieR:Automata

▲ The market for home gaming is WORLDWIDE, with a focus on gamers all over the world.

▲ The very last bit of Matsuyama’s talk touched briefly on his non-fiction novel, detailing the true events that occurred with “Hiroshi-kun” just prior to the release of 『.hack//G.U. Vol.3』in 2009.

▶︎ Famitsu was also present for the seminar, so here is their recap of the talk!