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Wacky Wizard Games Imprint and Three New Games Announced by @wwizardgames

Wise Wizard Games announced the launch of Wacky Wizard Games, a new brand imprint focused on family-friendly, lightweight games. Three games are planned for release in 2024 as part of this new brand imprint: Star Realms Academy, Caution Signs, and Pack the Essentials. If you are interested and attending PAX Unplugged they will have prototypes of Caution Signs and Pack the Essentials. "We are super excited to be adding this new family friendly product line to our catalog. We wanted to maintain the focus of Wise Wizard Games on strategy card and dice games with geeky themes, and have created Wacky Wizard Games as an umbrella for lightweight games with a more whimsical, cute vibe," shared Debbie Moynihan, COO of Wise Wizard Games. Star Realms Academy Forge your own star realms, overloaded with cuteness! A kid friendly but still fun for grown-ups version of the popular Star Realms deckbuilding game for 2 players. A little less math, no reading necessary, but still tons of fun! 

Songs From Evangelion, Other Anime Win JASRAC Awards

The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) announced on Tuesday that it has given the first-place award in the latest JASRAC Awards to "Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze" ("Thesis of a Cruel Angel"), the opening theme for the 1995-1996 Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series. The song was sung by Yoko Takahashi, with lyrics by Neko Oikawa and composition by Hidetoshi Sato.

The song earned the gold prize for its continued royalties from online sales, pachinko and pachislo (pachinko parlor slot machine) games, karaoke, and other venues in 2010 — 15 years after its debut. The song garnered renewed popularity with Hideaki Anno and Khara's ongoing four-film remake of Gainax's television series.

JASRAC also handed out an International Award for the music that earned the most money overseas last year. Nine of the top 10 Japanese musical pieces in overseas royalties came from anime:

  • 1st place - Composer Kenichi Kamio for the theme song to Barbapapa
  • 2nd place - Composer Shunsuke Kikuchi for the background music for Dragon Ball Z
  • 3rd place - Composer Fumio Sebata for the background music for Kamen Rider Ryuki
  • 4th place - Composer Kuniaki Haishima for the background music for Monster
  • 5th place - Composer Shinji Miyazaki for the background music for Pokémon
  • 6th place - Composer Toshio Masuda for the background music for Naruto
  • 7th place - Composer Shigeto Mori for the background music for Anne of Green Gables
  • 8th place - Composer Shunsuke Kikuchi for the background music for Doraemon
  • 9th place - Composer Taku Iwasaki for the background music for Oban Star-Racers
  • 10th place - Composer Seiji Yokoyama for the background music for Saint Seiya


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