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Make it Steamier: MangaGamer gets an uncensored game on Steam

Hot stuff
Sep 02
// Josh Tolentino
Well, here's a surprise: It looks like Steam is about to get its first true adult game...of sorts. MangaGamer have just announced that they've managed to prevail on the PC's premier game market to allow an uncensored version ...
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MangaGamer sale

Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer!

Also, it's Moe Day!
Oct 10
// Josh Tolentino
October 10th is a special day for fans of moe and puns, because today is Moe Day! Why, you ask? Well, the Kanji characters for "October 10th" (十月十日) just so happen to line up just right to spell th...
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Otakon '14: MangaGamer grabs eden*, euphoria, and more

MangaGamer has a few new tricks up their sleeve
Aug 09
// Salvador GRodiles
As Otakon 2014 continues to invade Baltimore's region, MangaGamer's ready to reveals their latest acquisitions. This time around, the company's working on a goal that'll please many visual novel fans if everything goes accor...
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AX '14: MangaGamer announces OZMAFIA, No, Thank You!!, and more

Otome and BL Game fans rejoice
Jul 04
// Salvador GRodiles
MangaGamer's ready to reveal their new titles, and team's ready to try something new. If you happen to be a fan of Otome and/or BL Games, then you'll be happy to know that MangaGamer's planning to localize OZMAFIA and No, Th...

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Yeah, really!
Hey, remember when we announced that contest where we and MangaGamer gave away copies of Shuffle! sequel Really?Really! ? That happened, and we now have a handful of winners! Kageryu Yukari ctim Zakamutt AlteredOta...

Contest: Win Really? Really! from MangaGamer!

Jun 01 // Josh Tolentino
Contest Entry: All you have to do is email our community address with your MangaGamer account ID (your username) and email address (the ones you used to sign up to MangaGamer!) between now and June 6th, and we'll randomly pick 5 winners to receive copies of the game! The winners will be announced here on June 10th, and contacted by MangaGamer.
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[Update: Contest's over! Thanks to everyone who joined up!] Have you had enough of Navel's visual novel sensation, Shuffle!? That's a silly question. Of course you haven't! But what isn't silly at all is the fact that we're h...

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MangaGamer announces Lapis Gunner and more

Tentacles abound in these two new licenses
Apr 27
// Brad Rice
MangaGamer has two new wriggly titles to please its fans: Lapis Gunner and Milles, Knight of Anal Tyranny. Lapis Gunner is the sequel to Ruby Striker, where the title character goes back to save her friend from tentacle ...
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Video Games

Pick up Go! Go! Nippon on Steam

Adding drool-worthy imaginary food to Valve's popular service
Feb 26
// Karen Mead
You certainly can't complain that there aren't enough ways to get your hands on OVERDRIVE's visual novel/Japan travel guide Go! Go! Nippon~My First Trip to Japan: you can download it from MangaGamer, we let you know...
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Visual Novels

Hard copies now available at MangaGamer

Sometimes you just want a box
Dec 09
// Karen Mead
I know we're living in the future and virtually everything can be downloaded to your computer via streams of data, but sometimes, you just want a nice game box. Sometimes, you just want to have a physical product in your hand...

MangaGamer releasing Kara no Shoujo Voiced Edition

Mysteriously sexy
Oct 04
// Brittany Vincent
Looking for something a little naughty yet intellectual to spice up your day? Running low on awesome visual novels? As of today, MangaGamer is now distributing Innocent Grey's 18+ psychological thriller Kara no Shoujo, now available with voices. 
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Hentai Games

Demon Master Chris now available for preorder

Combine dungeons and stripping, because why not
Sep 29
// Karen Mead
These hentai dungeon crawlers have actually come a long way. Back in the day, say 2008, the games were pretty bare-bones affairs where an incredibly shallow battle system was propped up by sexy artwork. Demon Master Chris, du...
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Higurashi retranslation?

Higurashi: When they Cry could be spruced up for Steam

There's a lot of words in this thing.
Sep 23
// Chris Walden
Everyone's favourite psycho-loli visual novel was recently pushed through the Greenlight process, but it might hit Steam any time soon. It seems that MangaGamer, the localisation company that has sold the visual novel outside...
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MangaGamer's new addition

Random Encounters! MangaGamer grabs 3 Stars of Destiny

Aldorlea's new game is coming to MangaGamer's shop.
Aug 30
// Salvador GRodiles
I don't mean to sound skeptical right now, but the latest title that's joining MangaGamer's online store doesn't seem to click well with me. Sure, 3 Stars of Destiny takes notes from classic JRPG, but there's something about...
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Demon Master Chris

It's Dungeon Time! MangaGamer acquires Demon Master Chris

It's kind of like Shin Megami Tensei.
Aug 24
// Salvador GRodiles
It looks like MangaGamer has a surprise for those that like adult games and dungeon crawler RPGs. Going by the name of Demon Master Chris, this game allow players to control demons by using force to remove them of their cloth...

Review: If My Heart Had Wings

Jul 31 // Brittany Vincent
If My Heart Had WingsDeveloped by: PulltopPublished by: MoeNovelRelease Date: June 27, 2013MSRP: $29.95 That's not to say this release is undeserving of your time and attention. It's an excellent tale buoyed by great editing and a competent translation that truly runs the gamut of emotion. The well-rounded cast includes a healthy mix of familiar tropes such as the childhood friend (Ageha in this case), Asa the adorable freshman, Asa's sister Yoru, and Amane the "crazy genius girl" type. It's a harem you've likely seen time and time again if this genre is one that you routinely explore, but the heroine and protagonist are where the narrative path truly shines. If My Heart Had Wings is an emotional roller coaster that's worth the entry price, even if it is watered down. Kotori is the star of the show and resident tsundere, having lost the use of her legs. She is confined to a wheelchair, and this disability forms the base on which the novel is built. Character development centers around her handicap, as well as protagonist Aoi's knee. Aoi has difficulty with strenuous activity, which prevents him from being able to live his dream. He loves cycling, and the ability to do so has been stripped away from him. Understandably, Aoi and Kotori are able to empathize with the other using loss as a bridge to the heart. It's touching to be sure, and each vignette and story path stems from the idea of loss. There are some interesting ideas explored within aside from the obvious "endearing girl in wheelchair" tropes, such as the exorbitant amount of time spent on introducing the player to gliders. There's a hefty amount of educational material within the game, including entire segments where characters themselves are engaged in the hobby -- hence the title. From the basics all the way up to assembling a glider, it's all in here. Not only do these segments act as windows of sorts to another world, but they also contain certain expository elements as well. Aesthetically they appear out of place but as narrative vehicles at least they make sense. The 3D is a bit jarring, like overdone CG in a traditionally 2D-animated series, and I would have found it less silly and outdated had they simply drawn the glider as well as the girls and Aoi himself. What's even stranger, however, are the amount of edits made to the game. Nudity, graphic sex scenes, and a good amount of dialogue have been removed completely, attempting to turn the novel into what appears to be a more wholesome experience. While I understand the intention, I'm not a fan of censoring or altering content in any way, especially in a genre that's already persecuted on so many levels. I'm not familiar with the entirety of the original work, but upon researching for this review I uncovered a wealth of extra content that, while sexually explicit, had its own place in the game. While this neutered version still manages a good amount of emotional resonance, adult players especially should be given the option whether or not to view these scenes. I'm not going to judge the game on the merit of the missing scenes, but it was a glaring omission, especially considering the alterations made in their place.Some dialogue segments make little sense now, and graphical edits give heroines bathing suits at times when a bikini simply doesn't make sense, for example. If you ever watched the Pioneer dub of Tenchi Muyo!, you probably have a good idea of what these types of edits look like in practice. It's awkward and unnecessary, though it could have been avoided and supplanted with the option for a "clean version" instead, while leaving everything else untouched. With all that said, I enjoyed my time with If My Heart Had Wings. Its clean interface, engaging narrative, and precocious bunch of characters were enough to keep me playing to the end, then back through again to try out a different path. It's sweet (perhaps too sweet with this edition), poignant, and memorable, and in the end that's what I look for in visual novels of this sort. It's nowhere near the caliber of Saya no Uta, but it's worth your time. 7.0 -- Good (This game could have been destined for greatness, but it was held back by some unfortunate flaws. While some may not enjoy it, fans of the genre will definitely have a blast.)
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Conveniently, gliders have wings
If My Heart Had Wings is a curiosity. On one hand, it's a touching tale of finding romance, coming to terms with loss, and adolescence. On the other, this particular release is devoid of the content the game originally shippe...

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If My Heart Has Wings

Take flight: If My Heart Had Wings to land in MangaGamer

MangaGamer helps MoeNovel's first game reach the skies.
May 13
// Salvador GRodiles
It's time to take to the skies, people, because MangaGamer is insuring their customers that they can pre-order MoeNovel's release of the All Ages version of If My Heart Had Wings through their Website. From the looks of ...
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MangaGamer's new Website

Evolution: MangaGamer goes through a busty new makeover

MangaGamer's 18+ mascot is one hell of an update.
Apr 03
// Salvador GRodiles
I would like to give MangaGamer a round of applause today. Thanks to their newest version of their Website, their 18+ section has a voluptuous new form for their mascot that suits the adult environment ver...

Jolly good show: Mangagamer is having a holiday sale

Right on time for the winter break.
Dec 15
// Salvador GRodiles
Just when you think the holiday sales are over, MangaGamer is here to help out on buying that special visual novel game for the close friend, lover, family member, or Secret Santa. Since most folks are out for the winter brea...

Vote! MangaGamer puts Go! Go! Nippon! on Steam Greenlight

My First Trip To Japan could make its first trip to Steam
Sep 01
// Josh Tolentino
In case you haven't been keeping up with the wild world of videogame digital distribution, here's a quick news flash: Valve, the reigning poobahs of PC play have just launched Steam Greenlight, their new crowdsourced com...

Japanator Recommends: Deardrops

Aug 03 // Brittany Vincent
DeardropsDeveloper: OverdrivePublisher: MangaGamerRelease Date: March 12th, 2012 [NA]MSRP: $42.97Of course, like in any good eroge, his old childhood friend was there waiting for him. After coming home to the familiar, he's introduced to the wild world of rock and roll. From there, he's introduced to several other talented musicians who share Shouichi's passion for music. All together, Gondo, Kanade, Yayoi, Rimu, and Riho embark on an adventure that finds them starting a brand new band: Deardrops. Deardrops is both a different beast than Kira Kira and most eroge in that it attempts to relate a tale that many of us could actually, realistically relate to. Who hasn't dreamt of pursuing an extravagant music-related career at some point in their life? The plight of Shouichi is explored in an entertaining yet respectful way, and by the end of the game his growth as a character is immediately evident. The visions of his painful past are still haunting him in many obvious ways, and without spoiling the story for new players, it's easy to see why. Amidst all the lighthearted performance storylines and the typical buildup to what will eventually culminate in the player's character route, there's actually quite a bit of juicy melodrama to wallow in, especially if you happen to pursue Kanade.You'll likely have a tough decision to make there when it comes to which girl you want to pursue, as Riho and Kanade are excellent story paths that illustrate two separate personality types as well as hopes and dreams. Riho can always be counted on for tough love and straight-forward assessments of both musical prowess and usefulness as a person, and thus her route is one that instills quite a bit of tsundere, which is what I immediately gravitated toward. She and I aren't so different, after all. Kanade's adorable alright, but I found her route much less direct, though it did encompass most of the emotional impact I wasn't even expecting out of Deardrops. It's unfortunate that the remaining character paths are nowhere near as engaging, and far less rewarding at that. Rimu and Yayoi are likeable enough, but you're barking up the wrong tree if you believe there's going to be any real payoff there in regard to Shouichi's plight. It's best to explore them on subsequent playthroughs. The tone is equal parts playful and brooding at times, but Deardrops never forgets what it set out to do, and that' getting players rocking in their seats with the fledgling rock band. There's a pleasant, raw edge to the background music and featured in-game tracks, and many of them including, surprisingly enough, violin! Well, it shouldn't be that shocking, but despite Shouichi's talent with a violin, I wasn't expecting the instrument to show up so prominently within the live concert music. It's clear that Overdrive put a lot of work into ensuring Deardrops was a worthy follow-up (even if only spiritual) to Kira Kira, and it's obvious from the quality of the character art, the infectiously catchy live concert songs, and the gripping (and obviously canon) romance between Shouichi and that special lady, which we won't spoil here. While a few moments of blandness and lackluster routes prevent it from absolute greatness, Deardrops is still a perfectly serviceable story in its own right, and a great addition to Overdrive's stable. Pick it up if you dug Kira Kira, too. 7 -- Good (7s are solid games that definitely have an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.)

Overdrive's ongoing theme of "rock epics" continues with Deardrops, which is the follow-up to the decidedly popular Kira Kira. Kira Kira was quite exciting and pretty popular at that, crossing rock and roll with cutesy J-pop ...


The contest is over, and we have a winner! Actually, we have five winners who will be receiving copies of Ef ~The First Tale~ from MangaGamer! Without further ado, here they are: gold163 aiprincess Kuraddo Pokedude1013 Chaos...


AX '12: MangaGamer announces Orion Heart, Boob Wars, more

Jul 02
// Josh Tolentino
Anime Expo isn't just where you announce a metric ton of streaming or disc license acquisitions. It's also where you announce a metric ton of games, just like MangaGamer did at their panel. The titles they announced included ...

Good wins: Dengeki Stryker is now available at MangaGamer

Jun 22
// Salvador GRodiles
I never would have imagine that a visual novel game would be packed with so much hot blooded pumped up action as Dengeki Stryker delivers on the right note. Starting off with a bang, you get an opening theme sang by the one a...

Start off your summer break with MangaGamer's new sale

Jun 01
// Salvador GRodiles
Ah summer vacation, the time of relaxation, extreme heat, and heavy rainstorms. While most people taken advantage of this time and ventured off to new locations, there are a few people that end up stranded in the four corners...

Visual novel revived! MangaGamer saves Eve Burst Error

Apr 27
// Salvador GRodiles
I am going to look foolish now, but this is the first time that I have heard about the existence of this game. To the people that missed out on Himeya Soft's release, the hard working folks at MangaGamer have d...

Ef - First Tale gets trailer, Minori explains censorship

Apr 20
// Josh Tolentino
In case you visual novel fans needed reminding, MangaGamer will be releasing ef - The First Tale, a new visual novel from minori, the lowercase-named developer behind the likes of Wind: A Breath of Heart and Eden*. To get you...

The time is now, people! MangaGamer have just released their newest H-game Magical Teacher: My Teacher's A Mage?, and gamers looking for the magic of love can now get "it" here. There were, however, a handful of lucky co...


If you didn't know yet, MangaGamer has just announced that preorders are open for their newest release, Magical Teacher: My Teacher's A Mage?. Now, you could opt to get your copy via traditional means...but five lucky folks c...


MangaGamer announces their release and license roster

Feb 19
// Salvador GRodiles
Good news everyone, MangaGamer is planning to release four new visual novel games (Two of them have already been announced.) that might suit to your personal needs. Fans of music, magic, cross dressing, and/or game devel...

MangaGamer has a Valentine's Day sale going on right now

Feb 14
// Bob Muir
Romance is in the air today! MangaGamer is holding a Valentine's Day sale, lowering prices on several of their most popular visual novels. For today, you can get discounts on games like Higurashi When They Cry, Da Capo, and S...

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