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Ken Kutaragi Makes Guest Appearance at Toro Station

Former SCE CEO joins Fumito Ueda, Kazuma Kiryu, Hatsune Miku, Edy Nelson and others to celebrate 1000th episode.


Toro Station saw its 1000th episode today, and cat buddies Toro and Kuro celebrated in style. In similar fashion to last year's 24 hour marathon to commemorate the broadcast's second anniversary, major guests ranging from game characters to industry giants made cameos to celebrate the event.

If you're unfamiliar with this particular Japan-only part of Sony's software lineup, Toro Station is a visual podcast-style segment in Sony's free Mainichi Issyo title. Each episode of Toro Station features mascot cats Toro and Kuro discussing some hot topic, often related to upcoming games or movies.

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November of last year saw the second anniversary of the broadcast. Sony celebrated by holding a 24 hour marathon, with 24 short segments broadcast once an hour over a 24 hour period. The segments followed Toro and Kuro on a run through Tokyo, where they met some big game-related personalities like SCE CEO Kaz Hirai, ICO producer Fumito Ueda, and even game characters like Devil May Cry's Dante, Yakuza's Kazuma Kiryu, and Disgaea's Etna.

Today 1,000th episode was limited to just a single segment. However, Sony still managed to get some major guest appearances. Take a look at this lineup:

Valkyria Chronicles.
Hatsune Miku and Yuusha no Kuse Ni.
Kazuma Kiryu (from Yakuza) and some random thug.
The King from Katamari Damacy and a couple of girls from Idol Master's 765 Productions.
ICO's Fumito Ueda and Disgaea's Etna.

Everyone wished Toro and Kuro congratulations, and the two cats thanked them in return.

I didn't see anything newsworthy in the statements. Ueda didn't say anything about Last Guardian. The Idol Master characters didn't mention anything bout the rumored PS3 entry in the series.

The big surprise guest came at the end of the program.

Former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi, now Honorary Chairman for the company, made a brief appearance, all dressed up in what could be his favorite casual shirt (I swear I've seen that pic of before!). His congratulations were apparently not enough for Kuro, who asked for a reward. Kutaragi first said he'd give them (actually the player) 1,000 Myails (in-game currency that you can use to buy stuff). But, apparently sensing that this was too much, he reduced the figure to 100.

Kutaragi left the scene saying that he had to get back to work. Doing what, he sadly wouldn't say. Perhaps he's making a lesson plan for Monday?

As announced last week, Sony believes Toro Station's feat of 1,000 consecutive updates for distributed game content is a record, and it will be making an application to Guinness Book of World Records for recognition. Upon finishing this episode of Toro Station, viewers are asked to allow Sony to send their user name as an electronic signature as proof of the record.

The text just says that your online ID will be sent to Guinness.

Here's hoping Kutaragi (in that exact shirt!) ends up next to the Toro Station listing in the Guinness Book of World Records!

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