Two years later, some teams still do not get why they should listen to research (quant and qual), and not just from industry thought leaders-- it's easy to fall into this mindset when your team/product is always on top.


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Hello Everyone,

It’s been three years since the (re)start of Critical Index, and we’ve come a long way. From reviews, to events, to news coverage, and to analyses and opinion. Truly, Critical Index has become a pivotal publication in the gaming industry.

In the past year, we’ve seen the best and the worst of the industry: business closures, refocused strategies, layoffs, and more. It is in these trying times we’ve begun re-assesing our priorities and energies to better serve our readers, and in the future, customers.

It is in this we’ve seen a steady decline in readership and in activity…


*The following is a press release from Koei Temco about Fairy Tail.

Restore the Fairy Tail Guild to its Former Glory and Reap the Rewards!

Fairy Tale
Fairy Tale

KOEI TECMO Europe and developer GUST Studios revealed new guest characters featured in their upcoming magical JRPG, Fairy Tail. New guild hall features were also detailed today to give a taste of the different gameplay highlights outside of battle, when the game launches across Europe on the June 25, 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC via Steam.

During Fairy Tail’s gripping narrative players will team-up with a…


qdopp's light novels on HoneyFeed
qdopp's light novels on HoneyFeed
Light Novels Available on Honeyfeed!

Honeyfeed presents a spectacular and exclusive collection of original Japanese light novels. These novels will form part of Honeyfeed’s new light novel web series; a weekly publication of translated Japanese original light novel series of stories you won’t find in English anywhere else!

Presenting works from talented Japanese authors like big bear, Gaia, and Akiraizun, this showcase brings you the best web light novels of qdopp’s World Novel Project 2020 Awards.

qdopp’s World Novel Project was a Japanese light novel writing competition in which over 300 talented professional Japanese writers participated and only the best 3 were selected to be…


Seiji Mizushima, Gundam 00 Director
Seiji Mizushima, Gundam 00 Director
Seiji Mizushima and his tweet

Japanese Anime director Seiji Mizushima of the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 fame, recently tweeted his support of of the Hong Kong protests.

The tweet was published on May 17, 2020 through his official personal account. Many Chinese twitter users then criticized his tweet and requested Chinese authorities to ban all his movies in China.

Mizushima’s tweet translates as:

Hong Kong is a wonderful place. I love it. We are supporting the democratization that Hong Kong’s 5th generation demands pass so that neither Hong Kong friends nor Chinese friends will hurt anymore.

Translation via Google Translate

Another well-known Japanese Anime…


Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 on Netflix is the latest installment in the Ghost in the Shell series. Adding to this new title is The Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Original Soundtrack, which will be released on June 3, 2020.

Today, the jacket art and track list were revealed.

Catch GTS: SAC_2045 on Netflix!

Based in Tokyo and Los Angeles, composers Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi have created scores for numerous films, video games, and anime such as the Metal Gear Solid series, Uzumasa Limelight, Halo 5: Guardians, and Ultraman.

All these were composed using a combination of elements from orchestral, acoustic and electronic genres.


*The following is a press release from Destiny 2

Can you bring home the gold?

Destiny 2: The Guardian Games trailer image
Destiny 2: The Guardian Games trailer image

Destiny 2: The Guardian Games, the latest seasonal event, is upon us and free for everyone! Kicking off from April 21, 2020 (10:00am PT/6:00pm BST/7:00pm CEST), players will have 3 weeks to prove their class reigns supreme by earning points from daily challenges.

The winning class will have a permanent reminder added to the Tower for the rest of the year, so the other classes won’t forget who won the gold.

To join in the Guardian Games, meet with Eva Levante and Zavala in the…


5-Tobun Hanayome 2020 Anime Delay Announcement
5-Tobun Hanayome 2020 Anime Delay Announcement

In their latest tweet (well about 12 hours ago as of this writing), TBS announced that the anime 5-Tobun Hanayome will delay its airing until January of 2021, instead of its original schedule of October 2020, citing the COVID19 Pandemic as the reason.

Below is the full tweet from the official 5-Tobun Hanayome Anime Staff:

You can also find the original news post from TBS here.

This comes amidst concerns about the anime industry, and alosngide delays for some titles such as the Violet Evergarden Movie that had its release delayed due to the spread of COVID19.

Other titles…


Lately, there has been an issue with the Google Chrome Themes published with Sakura Index.

ClariS Click Version in Google Chrome Webstore
ClariS Click Version in Google Chrome Webstore
Black Omnibox by default

The Omnibox of Google Chrome is showing a black color as a default, which becomes a problem for themes that have a light color or different color palette aesthetic.

This was reported by several users, and one of them have offered their own workaround for the fix.

To wit, we added a line of code that dictates the color of the omnibox.

“omnibox_background”: [ 241, 243, 244 ]

Note that this is not tested with the system’s capability to activate Dark Mode or Light Mode.


For those who love anime soundtracks, you’ll be pleased to know that FlyingDog announced that it has created English social media accounts.

FlyingDog
FlyingDog
FlyingDog’s logo

The following are the Official English SNS Accounts Follow them online for their latest updates on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts!

FlyingDog is a music label known worldwide for its anime soundtracks, including music from Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. by Yoko Kanno, .hack//SIGN by Yuki Kajiura, Code Geass, and the Ancient Magus’ Bride.

It has also produced visuals for popular series such as Samurai Champloo, Trigun, and Carole & Tuesday.

Its artists include Maaya Sakamoto, AKINO from bless4, who performed the opening theme song of Genesis of Aquarion, and Walküre, a tactical sound unit featured in the Macross Delta anime series. Please follow FlyingDog’s accounts for the latest anime music information!

Alexander Neri

Started SG Research & Sakura Index. Technical, UX, & Localization writer for @NetSuite . Opinions are my own.

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