Ever wonder how much retro game idol Haruna Anno loves video games? Enough to make a retro gaming museum.
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Haruna Anno is a retro gaming idol — the young girl who loves old games. She also speaks her mind, and that's always good for an idol.
After one of Japan's most beloved gaming mascots Takahashi Meijin revealed that he was leaving Hudson Soft, 23-year-old pin-up model Haruna Anno took to Twitter and her blog. She knew that he was leaving beforehand and talked to Takahashi about his decision, revealing that the conversation made her weep. But there's an upside.
Haruna Anno is not a simply an idol. Run-of-the-mill idols aren't kick-ass at Street Fighter and... Spelunker. Anno is a game idol. And she's got Atari raincoats to prove it?
Hey! Everyone's favourite retro gaming idol Haruna Anno has some harsh words for you illegal downloader pirate people. Very harsh.
How harsh? This harsh: "is the same as not paying your dinner tab or shoplifting," she blogs during a break from writing "Chrono Trigger" in Japanese calligraphy. "It's stealing. Don't think you've really played the game if you've done this... I do not think people who don't buy the games have the privilege to enjoy them."
Well, that wasn't that harsh. Still. Remember, this is coming from a person who once played Chrono Trigger for 36 hours straight. She's the anti-Rola Chen and so not joking around. Haruna Anno is serious business.
Over the weekend, I stayed at home at waited for the baby to fall out of my wife. (It didn't, but rather, hung around in her womb and listened to my Prince albums.) On Saturday and Sunday, Osaka played host to the Games Japan Festa 2008. (Like I said, I was at home, with the wife, Prince records and a catcher's mitt.) The event is nowhere near the size of TGS, but Famitsu was there, reporting long lines for Metal Gear Online: Meme Expansion. The wait reached 90 minutes — compare that to the brisk 15-20 minute lines for The Last Remnant.