Fancy More Music Like Project Diva? You’ll Like Sega’s Project 575.

By Eugene . November 11, 2013 . 10:45pm

575′s story follows leads Azuki and Matcha, who lead normal, everyday school lives. That is, until one day Azuki stares at a riverside willow, and being deeply moved, utters the magic words “575…” creating their little music group.

 

While Matcha seems a little bit non-plussed at this, she goes along anyway, because that’s what awesome close friends are for. As players progress through the story, they’ll unlock and play new songs such as the aforementioned Tobidase Jugyou! (Fly away Homework!). The game is pretty nifty, in that it hooks and syncs with another game/song composer for iOS Song Composer 575. This is one such situation, with Vocaloid song creator Lamaze-P behind Tobidase Jugyou!.

 

 

The music is said to follow the seasons, so you’ll be able to get variations in costumes, pacing, backgrounds and music selections just by following the life of a couple of high schoolers through a year of school. You’ll also have to make use of both the front and back touchscreen on the PlayStation Vita—a feature sadly underutilized in my opinion—during what Sega is calling their brand new style of “Music Group Actions”.

 

While you’re hitting along to the game’s basic rhythm bopping, which are the lyrics to the song you’re currently playing, some will appear in the middle of the screen. It’s up to you to quickly tap the correct side of the screen to synch up the words with the lyrics and get the gals to sing in tune. Amusingly, if you get it wrong, they’ll sing it anyway. Ahh, such is the awesomeness of friendship.

 

If you thought the characters kinda looked familiar, that’s because they’re made by Hiro Kanzaki, the character designer behind My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute! The voice actresses to are pretty big, with Azuki’s seiyuu being Yuka Otsubo and regal highness Matcha voiced by Ayaka Ohashi.

 

 

Song Builder 575 is slated for release for the PlayStation Vita on January 23.


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  • almostautumn

    One of my most anticipated games— but sadly this article makes me weary.
    Choosing which lyrics to sing is a really interesting idea— unfortunately, I don’t know anywhere near enough Japanese to know which would be appropriate :P I mean, if it was just figuring out which met the 5-7-5 meter that would be pretty simple; whichever has the appropriate number of hira symbols. But from the screenshots it looks like it’s based on the meaning of the words, and not their syllables.
    Oh well. Still going to pick it up regardless. Sink or swim, the motto of import-games for the non-Japanese.

    • Scissors

      I know, I’d love to play this, but it doesn’t seem very import friendly. Probably won’t get localized either because the Kanji game mechanic might be difficult to translate to English.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        and it’s Sega

        • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

          I doubt most companies would dare to attempt a localization.

    • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

      Yeah, I worry that the later songs at least might end up being too speedy and manic for the Japanese part of my brain to cope with. :p

    • SupaPhly

      Almost as if they designed this game specifically to not be import-friendly :P

    • Wappuli

      Dunno, to me it doesn’t really look like it requires any Japanese knowledge. At those parts where you can need to put 2 pieces of lyrics in right order, the game shows you the correct order or atleast clear hint, you just need to recognise the shape(but not the pronounciation) of some syllapses and you’re good to go.
      Sure it helps if you can read those hiraganas and katakanas, but knowing the meaning behind those words isn’t really required.
      So if you really think thst you’ll need to know hiraganas and katakanas for this game but dont want to/have time to lear more of the language, then just learn those and ignore all of the grammar and meaning of words, shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours, or a couple of days if you aren’t than motivated.

  • tubers

    Oh so it has a story? Nice. At least it has something else “against” Daigasou P.

  • DyLaN

    It has anime cutscene/animated OP and a plot? Cool.

  • TheExile285

    Need more Hiro Kanzaki in my life.

  • Aristides

    So this is they type of game I’d never be able to play X_X. I wonder if I’m capable of learning enough Japanese to play this. I’m already learning but this seems like something you’d need to be a native speaker to get through.

  • Shippoyasha

    I have always wondered why music games couldn’t use a slice of life and highschooler scenarios together with music genre. K On games didn’t have a ton of character interplay so I hope this one does.

    And I hope this can get localized flawlessly if these songs are all from Sega so maybe we won’t run into licensing headaches.

  • Grunwald

    Already had this pre-ordered, since I doubt that most companies would ever try to localize something like this <3

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