What time is it, everybody? GOLDEN TIME!!!
Actually it isn't, it's time for the latest episode of Jtor AM, but Golden Time is involved, so it's kind of true. This week: the Toonami people try to get us hyped about a new anime... | subscribe
It's been one hell of a week, folks. We just spent the last seven days talking about all those things you don't want your parents to know about. We talked about yaoi manga and ero-ge, our own personal histories with series li...
Soul Link is one of the worst visual novels I've had the misfortune to play.
It exemplifies the worst attributes of the genre, and has few, if any traits of actual merit. It is a sad example of why so few gamers outside Japan even consider these types of games "games", and the reason why its players have been forced to use the very term "visual novel".
I shudder to think that a potential fan might stumble into this title as their first visual novel, or their first H-game, or their first game at all, because for what it is, it risks turning someone off playing games entirely.
If you care to read more of my reasoning, by all means scroll on. If you don't, keep in mind that I encourage you to avoid contact with Soul Link at all costs.
Yes, it's made from paper, and it's life-size, but it's also anatomically correct. In an "Ero Week" kind of way.Yeah, so see the video below. It's safe for work, but you can see the less-safe videos over at his channel.I think it's saying something that our intrepid tipster, upon sending this information to our tips line, asked to remain anonymous. Thanks, anonymous tipster!
As much as I love looking at hot girls, I surprisingly don't touch hentai or eroge all that much. But when Ero Week rolled around, I didn't want to be left out of the festivities, so I figured I could contribute something that everyone is sure to love: a totally authoritative list of the top ten hottest girls in Japanese video games, so authoritative that there would be no need to debate the topic ever again in the history of the Internet because I'm a total expert. Then the higher-ups informed me that lots and lots of girls read Japanator too, so instead of leaving them out, I figured I'd strain the limits of my sexuality and try to come up with the ten hottest guys as well. Then for good measure, I ran those by Crystal, who helpfully informed me things like "most girls don't like guys who look as girly as they do."
And so we come to this list, which I had to struggle not to just fill up with Alex Vance from Half-life 2 over and over again because she's ineligible. Yes, these are only characters from Japanese video games, so no manly Western games allowed. Furthermore, to head off at least some of your cries over people left out, this is a list of hottest characters, not cutest or prettiest or most beautiful. We're looking for those spicy-hot qualities that give you folks a boner (or lady-boner). Since pretty much all girls from visual novels are more cute than hot, they're completely absent from the list. Sorry! I'm sure you can make your own "Top Ten Cutest Girls" list in the cblogs and rage about how no one should ever forget to mention your waifu.
So without further ado, let's dive right in, with girls and guys mixed together and hotties listed in no particular order. Ladies first!
With the coming of Ero Week, I can hop on top of my internet roof in this virtual neighborhood and shout at the top of my lungs...I! HEART! PORN! Now I'm not talking about an unhealthy love or attraction to the adult industry...
The other day, I read Brad's harrowing tale of how he lent his girlfriend a copy of Sundome, fully expecting to be dumped within days of having done so. It gave me a good laugh, but reminded me of how hentai can be a perilous fetish -- at least, in terms of relationships.
I've had my fair share of relationships over the years, and thinking back I can actually remember of a few instances where hentai played some sort of role in determining the nature of the relationship, but only once was it ever a deal-breaker. So what exactly happened? Hear all about that after the jump.
It's no secret here at Japanator that many of us enjoy hentai. As a subset of the anime genre, some may even consider it essential viewing depending on how good the story is (if any). Over the years, I've known plenty of people who have watched various hentai shows and enjoyed them. And yes, I know more people than just Brad with an extensive viewing history of the subject.
I've always kind of wondered what the appeal was. Now, before you get all Captain Obvious on me and respond back, "Well, it's sex, duh!" Let me explain. I've watched a bit of hentai. What anime fan hasn't? It's nearly inescapable. And contrary to many people I know, I just can't get into it. In light of Ero Week here, this got me thinking. Why doesn't hentai do it for me? Am I the exception to the rule?
Read on to hear my self reflection on hentai, and hear why this girl just doesn't lust over the 2D boys and girls.
Well, if there was ever a bit of news that would be perfect for Ero Week, it would be this one. It seems that someone, somewhere, decided that it would be a good idea to create a manga based on Tenga, popular line of er...adu...
[I almost never have any stories to tell, really. I mean, I hardly ever do anything crazy each day, and even when me and other friends decide to roam about town, nothing too extreme comes out of it...just a funny experience and a good time. Since I hardly do much during my free-time outside of being on the computer and lounging around, when I find myself in some grand, elaborate story, complete with drama normally found in television shows, I begin to cherish and take the moment into heart, telling it in an unorthodox way, trying to get the listener to feel what I felt. This is going to be retelling one of those moments, where things perfectly set themselves up to be a story I can happily tell people, complete with twists and themes. And so, I'm really happy to share this one with you all for Ero Week. Enjoy!]
Not too long ago (I think it was in or around autumn time, 2007), there was an incident that happened at my school (then, I was in high school). It wasn't one that had people talking all year long or that was remembered after about a couple of weeks... you know, those kind of stories. Anyway, the story goes that a kid in his sophomore year, who I'll call Benny for now, was caught in the computer lab masturbating to hentai. He was suspended for a short time, then people went on about their lives as normal afterwards. It was a story that wasn't really that very interesting for me to care too much about, however it for some reason stuck to me for two key reasons:
1) This was at a time when anime was still peaking for me and was about to expand itself into what I do now which raised a few questions for me about anime in general later on.
2) I've talked with this kid before. He was far from the usual demographic for hentai. He was known for his school record for Track and Field. He was on ASB, and never once hinted at "geeky" or "nerdy" trends, or at least as far as I could recall.
Benny eventually graduated, and not only did no one confront him again about the incident of him and anime porn again, but it seemed as if it were taboo to even mention it at all. I mention this story not as a statement that all average people like hentai as a universal fetish, but that this incident alone got me interested, and involved, in one of the weirdest projects I ever have and probably ever will be apart of in my entire life.
As a follow-up to our MangaGamer interview, we took some time to sit down with JAST USA, the company behind a huge number of titles such as My Girlfriend is the President, May Club and Three Sisters' Story. Oh, and they're J-...
For several months, I've been in a relationship that I couldn't be happier about. The girl I'm with, Sam, is beautiful, smart and doesn't take any sh*t from me. I'm utterly smitten by her, and with good reason.
One thing about her, though: she isn't hardcore into anime and manga like, well, the guy she's dating is. Sure, Sam reads some manga and will occasionally watch anime with me, but it's not like she's hounding the latest fansub releases or anything on the Internet. Which, honestly, is a great thing. It's important to not be mired in one subject all day, every day. Instead, we shared other interests, and it helped me rediscover things that are important to me that aren't Japan-related.
But, on that first trip to my house, Sundome proved to test the limits of our relationship.
Would anyone believe me if I said I was playing an eroge for research?I found out about Katawa Shoujo, aka Disability Girls, last spring. This coincided with a reporting project I was working on in graduate school about disab...