Toro Station Marathon: Part 23
Akihiro Hino grants giant knighthood to Toro and Kuro.
The second to last stop on Toro and Kuro's marathon tour of Tokyo takes to Aoyama Doori as they make a final approach for Sony Computer Entertainment Japan's headquarters.
As the two run, they exchange some talk about 246, a road/freeway that connects Tokyo with Kanagawa to the south-east. The road also connects fashionable places like Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya. They point out how fashionable the apartment complexes and buildings that line 246 are. SCE's office is one of them, although there seems to be some disagreement on its being fashionable.
Arriving at some random intersection off Aoyama Doori, they ponder who will be a guest fashionable enough for the area. And it happens to be:
Akihiro Hino, from Level 5!
They've met Hino before, as he appeared in a Toro Station episode. They express surprise at meeting him on 246, with Kuro saying that he's probably busy with White Knight Story. This, of course, leads to a promo chance for the RPG.
Hino: We're really in the final polishing for White Knight Chronicles.
Toro: That's the PS3 RPG that will be released next month, right?
Kuro: It's the super huge RPG that everyone is waiting for.
Toro: I've been waiting forever for it
Hino: As the 12/25 release approaches, we hope to deliver the ultimate RPG, so please look forward to it.
They move on to a discussion of the online announcement from TGS. Kuro says that he was totally surprised by it.
Hino: Ah, that's an element that we'd been keeping a secret for a long time. We were able to at last announce it at TGS.
Toro: It's not nice that you kept it secret from us too.
Hino apologizes to them.
Toro asks Hino why he decided to put online elements in the game, to which Hino responds that he thought there was need for a game that everyone can enjoy together.
Hino notes that the game can be enjoyed both in single player with its huge story and in multiplayer where you can be your own hero. He also notes that transformation and combat with huge enemies is a point for the game.
Toro asks Hino if he likes henshin heroes. "Of course, I love it," responds Hino. He thinks the Rider series are particularly cool. He describes henshin heroes as being something that will always be loved by men.
Toro says that he too would like to see what it's like to transform. Because it's their second anniversary, Hino says he'll do it. Toro transforms into...
... the White Knight from White Knight!
Kuro seems to be a bit jealous, so Hino lets him transform too!
He transforms into a black knight. They decide to move to a different area since they're blocking traffic.
After being scolded by the navigator, they return to normal sizes.
They next move on to talk about Danbol Senki, a PSP game whose name translates to "Cardbord Box Warrior." Kuro mentions that as cats, cardboard boxes are their speciality.
Hino explains the story behind the game. I'm pretty sure this was all announced before, but here goes. In the future, people have developed super strong boxes that can protect their content from 80% of the shock they receeive from the outside. It's become a big boom to put small robots in the boxes and make them fight. Danbol Senki is an RPG where you customize and battle the small LXB robots.
Kuro says that if he needs it, they'll let Hino borrow their box.
Before parting, Hino leaves the two with an autograph. Toro comments that Hino will likely be Level 6 next time they meet. Hino says that he still has a lot of experience points to save.