MANGA: Vol. 2 on April 25!
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Amazon (Japan) has just uploaded the two covers for the second volume of the Shi ni Itaru Aka and Utahime Five manga. You can order them from the links below.


Shi ni Itaru Aka, Vol. 2
http://amzn.to/RuzyPB

 


Utahime Five, Vol. 2
http://amzn.to/1pg61aV

Source: These are the image that are readily available to see on the above pages on Amazon; however, you are not able to view the full image. I spliced the smaller pieces together to get a much better view of the covers. Enjoy!

Zero’s Chapter
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Well, here it is guys!  The final Utahime Story DLC!  This time, the DLC was available even before noon!  Wow!  Thanks for the prompt upload, SQEX!

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The setting for Zero’s story takes place on April 21, 1000, where she is telling Dito and Decad how she first met Michael.

Here’s the list of Zero’s chapter titles:

Verse 1 - March 11, 998

  • Stanza 1:  The Real Utahime
  • Stanza 2:  The Way Toward Death

Verse 2 - March 12, 998

  • Stanza 1:  The Apostles
  • Stanza 2: The Flower and the Dragon
  • Stanza 3:  The Promise
  • Stanza 4: Loss

Verse 3 - March 12, 998 (?)

  • Stanza 1:  Trial of Might
  • Stanza 2:  Trial of Might, Continued

Verse 4 - Two Months Later… (May 12, 998-ish)

  • Stanza 1:  In the Name of the Trial of Might
  • Stanza 2:  The Last Trial of Might
  • Stanza 3:  A Warning

* Omake: Here’s my initial run through Verse 2… but it froze towards the end. You can hear my shocked cries of disbelief!  I only uploaded this because it was the first time I had to physically reset the game. Ever! Oh, boy…

Once you complete Zero’s chapter, you obtain her “Clothes from a Year Ago” costume, which lengthens her Utautai Mode when worn.  This costume also shows Zero’s real arm still intact!

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Zero’s Utautai Memories: “Mikhail’s Journal”  -  SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS!!

【 animal country 】
January 12 – sunny

Today I went to the “animal country”. I met so many animals here, like a really big cat with fuzzy fur, an elephant with cute little nose, a horse with a long neck, and even horse with stripes!We played together in the mud and played tag. It was a lot of fun, but the sun was so hot. It was really rough.

 

【 fish Country 】
February 17 – rainy

It’s been a week since I came to this island. There are a ton of fish in the sea around here: pretty little fish, fish that are bigger than me, flat fish, fish with wings, and even fish with hands! There are so many that I’ve never seen before. Oh! And my favorite: mackerel!

Anyway, I wonder how I can get to the other islands. It’s been raining and raining, so much rain that water is everywhere you look.

 

【 Country of song 】
April 19 – cloudy

It’s been a long time since I’ve come across any humans. The people here love songs so much they sing all day long. They still sing with happy faces even in these difficult times. I couldn’t help but be drawn in and sing along with them.

But I remember Zero when I sing. I’m not very good at remembering things, but I will never forget her. Maybe because she was always yelling at me. When I think about how nice it would have been to sing with her, I can’t hold back the tears. I miss you so much, Zero.

 

【 The Country of Machines 】
May 1 – Clear

The population of humans has grown tremendously these days. That’s why their homes have spread out all over the world. They destroy the forests, mountains, and the oceans to put up their buildings, they manipulate boxes and dolls made of iron.

So many animals have lost a place to live that it’s a huge problem, but, hmm… I think the “right” way would be to have someone to decide where everyone should live.

That’s all I can think about.

 

【 The Country of War 】
July 1 – Rain

According to the little girl who was kind enough to give me some food this morning, this country has constantly been at war. They kill each other from 10 in the morning until 8 at night, sleep from 8 at night until 10 in the morning, and repeat the whole thing again from 10 in the morning the next day… This has been going on for decades.

Tonight. I took some mackerel to the girl’s house as thanks for the food she gave me. But she was torn apart by a bomb and died. Why couldn’t I save her? Did I do something wrong?

 

【 The Country of the Future 】
September 30 – Cloudy with Scattered Showers

Again I’ve only seen the mechanical children today. Even though humans used populate every corner of the world, their numbers have dwindled so drastically that now their existence is so precious, it’s impossible to find them unless you look carefully.

Yesterday, the sky in the east flashed brightly and the ground shook. It was probably another explosion. Contaminated ash fell to the ground and ocean; it’s no wonder so much life has died away. It’s sad to say it, but this is a common occurrence. And once again I go to sleep knowing I could do nothing to prevent it.

 

【 The Country of the Humans 】
November 4 – Cloudy with Scattered Snow Showers

This was the first time I come across a human settlement in a long time. Only about 100 people make up this small village, but they are a hard-working bunch of people that are doing their best to survive. I don’t know why, but they started calling me “The Protector” when they saw me outside the village. Now they come to me everyday to tell me their troubles.

And I think it helps them―perhaps a little fun―to have someone to talk to. I completely know how that feels. Because I used to love chatting with Zero, oh, so long ago. I’ve come to believe that no one in this world is ever truly alone.

 

【 The Country of Darkness 】
December 28 – Blizzard

My failures have continued for a long, long time. But I will not give up. This world is full of injustice, yet I will not give in.

I’m not like Zero. I don’t believe the world can be changed by destroying things or getting angry, but if this world can improve, no matter how insignificantly, then I must do whatever I can to help.

I will never give up. After all, Zero never did, either.

 

【 The Country of Light 】
January 21 – fire

I’ve pretty well fallen to pieces. I feel like there are many empty holes in my memory, but there’s no need to fight it……anymore.

Hey, Zero.
I wonder, did I do a good job? would you praise me?
or maybe you      ’d just hit me furious      ly?

Ze      ro. I’ll      see you      soon.      I’ll      see      y           o                u


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Europe to get the Collector’s Edition!
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This news is just in from Square Enix!  There will be 2,000 copies of the Collector’s Edition release of Drakengard 3, exclusively available from the e-STORE.

The price for the Collector’s Edition is set at €69.99

An official press release has yet to come, but here is what will be available according to the EU Square Enix site:

Clamshell Box – An eloquent display case featuring the flower that grows from Zero’s eye.

Hardback Novella – This beautifully illustrated 160 page prequel story to Drakengard 3 (available in English language only) contains a collection of short stories written from the perspectives of each character.

Add-on Pack – Downloadable tokens for the Caim costume, an additional level where you play as One, Zero’s sister, and a Giant Baby Hat (yes, an enormous baby’s head for your dragon, Mikhail).

Music Sampler CD – A CD containing a selection of mesmerising tracks from the game’s original soundtrack, composed by Keiichi Okabe (who also created the score for Nier).

Double Sided Poster – A collectable double sided poster only available in the Collector’s Edition of Drakengard 3.

The Game – While there won’t be a physical disc version of the Drakengard 3 for Europe and PAL territories, a download token will be included inside the box which you can redeem on the PlayStation Store.

Japanese Voice DLC – Experience the game in its original audio with a download token for the original Japanese voice acting! This DLC is part of the Collector’s Edition, but will also be available for non-CE owners when you pre-order the standard digital game through the PlayStation Store (pre-orders start mid-April). [10GB is needed.]

Pretty awesome news!!  

** PRE-ORDERS NOW AVAILABLE!! **

I have updated this post with the link directly to the page where you can now make pre-orders!!  Get it today!!  Either click the image above or use this link to go to the Square Enix EU e-STORE!

The original announcement can still be found here.

 

** NOTICE **

Also, there is no physical copy of the game in this set!!  The game is set for digital download only.  Quite strange for a “collector’s edition”…

A Closer Look at the Complete Guide
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The guys over at Dengeki were all excited about receiving one of the first copies of the finished Complete Strategy Guide book that they took several photos of it as they held the book open. lol  I really like how the one guy totally has cat paws for hands as he held the pages open. <3

A quick recap for what to expect from the complete strategy guide that will be released on April 10th:

Art Gallery:
Includes package and publicity illustrations by character designer Fujisaka Kimihiko, cute “chibi” Twitter icons illustrated by Yokoo Yukiko, as well as the collaboration illustrations of Zero and Mikhail for “Lord of Vermilion 3 Ark-cell”, illustrated by Fujisaka Kimihiko and Takagi Masafumi.  Other illustrations by Ayakura Juu (haino), Tanno Shinobu, palo, fukahire, MAYA, Morii Shizuki, and Yaegashi Nan.

The fan art posted at the bottom of this page is accredited to the following in order of appearance:

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 ▲ by Ayakura Juu (haino)                              ▲ by Tanno Shinobu

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 ▲ by MAYA                                                    ▲ by Morii Shizuki

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 ▲ by Yaegashi Nan

** There will also be some illustrations of the Utahime Sisters in Japanese high school uniforms as they relax in the evening at a family restaurant.  They’re calling this the “DOD3 Campus”.  lol

DOD1.3:
This is a novel that will explore an alternate DOD1 as it follows the events in DOD3.  In this reality, there are no “contracts” or “pacts” between humans and dragons…  So it will be very interesting how this will affect Caim & Angel’s relationship.

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*  Detailed information on the various branches in the story, which leads to each ending.

*  Complete schematics on all weapons and items, including information on how to acquire every weapon and trophy.

The Perfect Strategy Guide in Three Parts:
1.)  System Strategy Guide:  Includes special methods and techniques on how to clear each mission.

2.)  Mission Strategy Guide:  Includes locations of every treasure chest on the map and further details about each mission.  Accord’s Request Missions are also listed here.

3.)  The Data Corner:  Includes information on weapons and items, the various DLCs, and trophies.

“The Last Song” Cheat Sheet:
There will also be a helpful guide somewhat like a musical score that will help to clear the final stage.

*  Weapon Materials and Proper Timing:
Includes information on when and how far to upgrade certain weapons to make the process of levelling up each weapon easier.

Also, don’t forget about the nice fan kit they put together for us to help advertise the release of the complete guide.  You can find this and more on Dengeki’s main site for the guide book:

http://dengekionline.com/sp/dod3/complete/


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Sources:  
@dengekionline on twitter
Dengeki Online – News Report, April 2
Dengeki Online – News Report, April 1
DOD3 Official Complete Guide Book Page

Five’s Chapter – Titles, Videos, Weapon Story, and Utahime Memories
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Five’s chapter was released yesterday but I was busy all day and didn’t get a chance to get it or even play it until today!

Here’s my translation of her chapter titles.  Just click each verse to see my video on YouTube.

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Verse 1

  • Stanza 1:  The Utahime of Greed
  • Stanza 2:  “The Legendary Meat”
  • Stanza 3:  The Legendary True Identity

Verse 2

  • Stanza 1:  “The Legendary Mushroom”
  • Stanza 2:  Come to the Far Reaches of the Snowy Mountain
  • Stanza 3:  An Unsatisfied Body

Verse 3

  • Stanza 1:  One’s Dragon
  • Stanza 2:  The Treasure of the Sea
  • Stanza 3:  The Woman Soldier

Verse 4

  • Stanza 1:  The Mysterious Ship
  • Stanza 2:  Ah, It’s So Delicious!

 

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Weapon Story – Five’s Sword Spear

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Is there anything in this world that is boring?
I have five older sisters.  And I want them all.

LV2
I want Zero’s everything.  Because her strength is truly gorgeous.
I want One’s intelligence.  Because it would be better if I had it.

LV3
I want that radiant smile from Two.  Because it’s a little bit different than mine.
I want that skillful dexterity from Three.  Because I have no idea what it is.

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What shall I take from Four?  heehee  Perhaps to be her “first”.
Ah, that’s right.  I’m dying to have fun with this life.

 

Five’s “Utahime Memories”:  Delivery Notice

[  Delivery #1  ]  Mountain and Sea Gourmet Set

Dear Madam,

We hope this message finds you well.  We are always grateful for your business.

Please find the following items as delivered to the effective ruler of the Sea Country, Lady Five:

  • Products of the Sea Gourmet Set (Sea Serpent with egg), 200 servings
  • Products of the Mountains Gourmet Set (Troll with liver sauce), 200 servings

Thank you very much and we are looking forward to your continued patronage.

With best regards.

Dengeki Playstation Awards 2013
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This just in!  The results from the 2013 Dengeki Playstation Awards have just come in!  And here’s some awesome news for us DOD3 fans!!

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Zero made it into 4th place for the favorite character category just under the following characters:

  1. Lightning (FFXIII: LR)
  2. Hatsune Miku (Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- F)
  3. Monokuma (Dangan Ronpa 1-2 Reload)

 

Mikhail just barely made it into the ranking in 19th place. There were multiple ties in this category, so the numbering ended up pretty funky.

 

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DOD3 made it into 7th place for favorite game of 2013.  Here’s the line up from the top 6 places:

  1. God Eater 2
  2. Legend of Heros: Sen no Kiseki
  3. Dragon’s Crown
  4. FFXIII: LR
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5
  6. Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- F

 

And lastly, here’s the total ranking list for each category from 1-20:

Favorite Game

  1. God Eater 2
  2. Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki
  3. Dragon’s Crown
  4. Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5
  6. Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- F
  7. Drag-on Dragoon 3 / Drakengard 3
  8. Chou Tsugi Jigen Game Neptune Re;Birth 1
  9. Summon Night 5
  10. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Shinsei Eorzea)
  11. Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~
  12. Toukiden: The Age of Demons
  13. The Last of Us
  14. Danganronpa
  15. Disgaea D2
  16. Dynasty Warriors 8
  17. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  18. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  19. Sword Art Online -Infinity Moment-
  20. Gran Turismo 6

Favorite Character

  1. Lightning / Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns
  2. Hatsune Miku / Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- F
  3. Monokuma / Danganronpa 1-2 Reload
  4. Zero / Drag-on Dragoon 3 (Drakengard 3)
  5. Neptune (Purple Heart) / Neptune Series
  6. Alisa Ilinichina Amiella / God Eater 2
  7. Yuuna / Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster
  8. Raiden / Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  9.  Rorolina Frixell / Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland
  10. Rean Schwarzer / Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki
  11. Ciel Alencon / God Eater 2
    Noire (Black Heart) / Neptune Series
  12. ———–
  13. Alisa Reinford / Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki
  14. Fie Claussell / Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki
  15. Julius Visconti / God Eater 2
    Lindow Amamiya / God Eater 2
    Metallia / The Witch and the Hundred Knight
  16. ———-
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  18. Escha / Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~
  19. Trevor Philips / Grand Theft Auto 5
    Mikhail / Drag-on Dragoon 3 (Drakengard 3)

Although DOD3 didn’t make it into the top three of either category, I think it’s still very good that it made the awards list in BOTH categories!!  That has to stand for something!

So, congrats to DOD3 and all the guys who made this game a possibility!  It is certainly a very beloved game of 2013 by many fans around the globe!!  Great job, everybody!!  Now please do it again with DOD4 or Nier 2, please!!!!  <3

Three’s Chapter Impressions
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** Please beware of spoilers as follows… **

So, I just finished Three’s story DLC and… I must say this is the weakest of them all thus far.  I know I was concentrating more on the battles than listening to the voiceovers but my feeling is that…not much happened here.

For some reason, some of Three’s creations started acting out, basically becoming monsters and thusly One instructed Three to dispose of them. In typical Three fashion, she sluggishly fights against her own creations, which on first glance, seems just a tad bit underdeveloped.  The key to Three’s chapter is discovering what the most important thing is to each character, both Three and Octa.  For Three, I believe her most beloved thing is her dolls, the ones that she spent countless hours creating from nothing… and to have to destroy them in the end–by her own hands–was more than she could bear. This is what eventually broke her and drove Octa to seek asylum with Zero.

Her stages have a couple JUMPING areas that I completely suck at.  No matter what game that might use these moving platforms and areas where you have to jump juuuuuuuuuuust right;  I’m no good at it and it often takes me several times out of pure frustration to actually succeed. I was sort of hoping there would have been some more PUZZLES rather than simply jumping areas in her chapters, though.  During the normal run of the game, it seemed like she really liked puzzles and riddles, too, so it’s a little odd that none of that made its way into her chapters.

The multiple round enemy battle was the majority of her stages.  There were no minor enemies spread throughout her stages.  There were just a couple rounds of enemy battles.  Kinda strange.  I really have no idea why they incorporated this aspect into her chapter.  Does it have anything to do with her?  Was it just random, to change things up?

Also, Gabriella makes an appearance in one stage… and she says that One instructed her to help Three… but I thought it was the most awkward thing ever.  It just felt like a ploy through and through; an easy way to change up the style of battles.

Three is incredibly slow.  Yes, it is fitting with her character, but in battles, it’s majorly annoying.  Her scissor-swords are quite a bit shorter than a normal sword, so many times when you attack an enemy, you miss because the strike doesn’t actually reach the enemy.

Three’s conversation with Octa was pretty funny, though, as usual. Octa’s always on his rant about JOY this and JOY that…and his utmost desire to have his JOY with Three.  I think this is his real reason for leaving Three… because she was his most beloved thing… and she was unable to give it to him.

I know my initial reaction to Three’s chapter is pretty negative, but this was just a quick run-through.  I’m sure my opinion will change the more I play these stages and level Three up to unlock her memories.

Here’s a list of the various titles within Three’s chapter:

 

Chapter Three

Verse 1 - Ogre

  • Stanza 1:  The Playful Utahime
  • Stanza 2:  Playing a Mischievous Prank
  • Stanza 3:  The Beautiful Warriors
  • Round 1:  Phanuel  [Disc 2, Track 2]
  • Round 2:  Raphael  [Disc 2, Track 7]
  • Round 3:  Ezrael  [Disc 2, Track 11]
  • Round 4:  Abdiel  [Disc 2, Track 8]

Verse 2 - Imp

  • Stanza 1:  The Flying Warriors
  • Stanza 2:  The Misfits
  • Round 1:  Almisael  [Disc 2, Track 4]
  • Round 2:  Galgaliel  [Disc 2, Track 10]
  • Round 3:  Zophiel  [Disc 2, Track 9]
  • Round 4:  Gabriel  [Disc 2, Track 6]

Verse 3 - Cerberus

  • Stanza 1:  The Mammoth Dogs
  • Stanza 2:  The Mammoth Warriors
  • Stanza 3:  The Mysterious Humans
  • Round 1:  A Mysterious Spirit – Battle Stage [Disc 1, Track12]
  • Round 2:  Out Come the Crawlers – Battle Stage [Disc 1, Track 13]
  • Round 3:  Arrival of the Guards – Battle Stage [Disc 1, Track 10]

Verse 4 - Gigas

  • Stanza 1:  The Stalking Unease
  • Stanza 2:  The Final Judgement
  • Stanza 3:  The Marvelous Masterpiece
  • Stanza 4:  The Dolls’ Game
  • Round 1:  Raphael  [Disc 2, Track 7]
  • Round 2:  Armaros  [Disc 2, Track 3]
  • Round 3:  Egregori  [Disc 2, Track 5]*

*  Only monster with a unique name: High Gigas.

 

Three’s Memory Title:  Memoirs of a Certain Warrior


Afterword:  Please note that I all titles given to the various stanzas in Three’s chapter. They may undergo more tweaking as I play through the stages more.  

Dengeki Playstation Magazine, Issue No. 562
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** Please beware of spoilers. Do not read further unless you’ve finished Branch A of the game. **

There’s just one page in the magazine this week detailing more information on the story DLCs. They give a little information about One and Two’s stories, which has been covered previously, and a little on Three’s, which we knew very little until now. Here’s some of the things they let slip about it:

We are told that Three has a great fascination with building dolls and that one of her creations suddenly went crazy and became a sort of monster. In order to stop this monster of her creation, she goes on a mission with Octa, who is his old, horny self as usual. As the story progresses, we learn that Octa betrayed Three and joined Zero’s efforts instead due to a certain event that occurs.

Three uses two scissor-type weapons that are considered “sword” type. The range of her weapons are a little bit shorter than a typical sword, but you’re able to unleash a wave of energy that will help to reach other enemies.

There is also an introduction of “round” battles… in which you must defeat an enemy a certain number of times before finishing it off…perhaps…? No details are given about it besides an image that says “FINAL ROUND” on it at the beginning of the battle. Three is also a lover of puzzles, too. There will be stages where you have correctly match platforms or buttons on the floor.

Three’s DLC is do out later today!! :D

Lastly, we’re reminded a little bit about the Complete Guid Book that will be released later on April 10th!! <3

Special Notes:  I went out and purchased the magazine at 4am since I’m a complete night owl.  This is my normal time to be awake.  On the way to the convenience store… it started to rain.  Not much, just enough to be a little worrisome that it would start pouring down.  It didn’t.  On the way back, I ran into the friendly neighborhood cat, who stopped to say hello.  He’s a sweet cat, but obviously a stray or only an outside cat.  He’s not well kept…plus he was out in the rain. :(

DOD3: The Complete Guide + Settings
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The official site for the DOD3 Complete Guide + Settings has just been opened at the following page:  http://dengekionline.com/sp/dod3/complete/

The page has details on a bunch more things to expect from the book, focusing on settings or model designsa strategy guide on all aspects of the gamevarious topics of discussion and analysis, and even more novels by Eishima Jun!

They are also offering a fun FAN KIT of icons and banners to put on your own Web site to promote the release of the guide on April 10th.

There is a brief description of each item included in the kit on the page listed above, plus there’s easy to copy and paste code to display the images directly on your own Web site!  Be sure to check it out!!

 

The FAN KIT includes the following:

Twitter Icons
Zero x2, Mikhail, One, Two, Cent, Three, Octa, Four, Decad, Five, Dito

Twitter Header Image (x2)

Twitter Background Wallpaper (x1)

Special Banners (x6)

Character Side Banners
Zero x2, Mikhail, One, Two, Cent, Three, Octa, Four, Decad, Five, Dito

Document Set
Book Cover, PDF with complete details on all the items in the fan kit

DOD3 Logo
x2, black and white

DOD1.3
More information on the so-called DOD1.3…  Brought to you by Yoko Taro, Jun Eishima, and Nagori Sawako, we will see a novel and a list of events in chronological order which depicts how the events of DOD3 might change what we had previously seen in DOD1.  For example, in a world without “pacts”, how would Caim and Angel’s relationship change?  Sounds pretty interesting!!  xD

On a funny note, I’m really getting a kick out of seeing 4/10 listed on all of these images everywhere…  Because April 10th is my birthday!  I guess you know what I’ll be getting myself this year!  xD


Here’s some examples of what’s in the kit:

Zero Twitter Icon

Special Banner

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