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Starless Review photo
So many shades of rape
So here I am, brand new writer for Japanator looking for content I can write for the site. The offer is made to review a game that I had heard plenty of buzz about in Starless: Nymphomaniac's Paradise, a visual novel type gam... read feature

Chroma Squad photo
Lights, Camera, Henshin!
Ever since a badly-dubbed lady popped out of a dumpster on the moon, sending a weird computer-man to seek "teenagers with attitude," geeks of a certain age have been on the lookout for a game that can capture the es... read feature

Chroma Squad photo
Chroma Squad

Get hyped for Chroma Squad's tokusatsu-inspired trailer


Live-action transformation sequence included!
Apr 24
Ahem. Excuse me while I go get my transformation device. As the resident toku guy on Japanator, it's no surprise that I'm super excited for Chroma Squad, since the game lets us manage our own tokusatsu studio. Best off all, ... read
TyranoBuilder photo
TyranoBuilder

Rawr: TyranoBuilder lets you make your own visual novels


Sounds like a roaring good time
Mar 23
I may be prehistorically late to the festivities, but there's something intriguing about Nyu Media's collaboration with STRIKEWORKS. Thanks to their cooperation, TyranoBuilder, a user-friendly program that lets you create yo... read
Chroma Squad photo
Chroma Squad

Pull out your Henshin Devices: Chroma Squad gets a release date


Now featuring flashy bucket helmets
Mar 10
Heroes and heroines; it's time for us to transform into our Ultimate Form-- excuse me while I change into Crocodile Sunshine. Why you say? Because Behold Studios has announced the release date for Chroma Squad, the... read
Tokyo School Life photo
Tokyo School Life

Enrol as a Virtual Exchange Student in Tokyo School Life


School Girls in seifuku 'nuff said
Feb 19
Visual novels are nothing new in Japan but they're still incredibly niche in the west. I don't think we'll be seeing copies of Clannad or School Days on the shelves of Gamestop anytime soon, but they're gradually finding thei... read
Neptunia Re;Birth1 photo
Neptunia Re;Birth1

[Update] Planeptune rules: Neptunia Re;Birth1 heads to Steam on Wednesday


Steam is ready to embrace Gamindustri
Jan 24
[Update: Idea Factory International revealed that Neptunia Re;Birth1's debut on Steam was slightly delayed, and the game's release date is now Jan. 29] It's been a good while since Idea Factory International announc... read
Phantom Breaker photo
Phantom Breaker

PSA: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds hits Steam today


You can't go wrong with 2D beat em' ups and magical girls
Jan 23
If you've been itching to play a fun 2D beat em' game on the PC, then you'll be happy to know that MAGES' Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds game's now on Steam. Thanks to Degica's help in making this release possible, more... read
Steam sale photo
Steam sale

PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale


Now with more amorous avians!
Jan 09
Of all the geeky trends people took note of in 2014, one of the least appreciated is the Japanese gaming industry's growing embrace of indie development and global digital distribution. Sure, it's been happening for the last ... read
Americana Dawn photo
Americana Dawn

Despair: Americana Dawn's Kickstarter failed to reach its goal


Let's hope that this project isn't over
Dec 23
Oh my. I never expected that it would come to this, but I'm afraid that Americana Dawn's Kickstarter couldn't achieve its $70,000 goal, since they were only able to rake in $28,239. While this means that Foster's jo... read
Naruto: UNS4 photo
Naruto: UNS4

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4's first trailer gets straight to the end


More particles, more ninjas, more QTE madness
Dec 22
The Valley of the End, that is, which, if you're unfamiliar with Naruto history, is a big ol' waterfall created by the final battle between ninja historical figures Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju. The location f... read
Kinoko Collection photo
Kinoko Collection

Sure, why not make game about Mushroom Girls?


Meet your new Shroom-mates!
Dec 16
Really, why not? The last few years have seen a Cambrian Explosion for weird games, and people are now taking notice of good ol' Japan, which has been doing weird for longer than just about anybody. Of course, I could just be... read
Dragon Dating Sim photo
Dragon Dating Sim

Wait, what? It's a Dragon Dating Simulator


Literally
Dec 04
I'm conflicted about this. On the one hand, it's really cool that designers outside Japan are taking visual novels and relationship-centric games more seriously. More people making more types of games can only be a good thing. On the other hand...Dragon Dating Simulator. read
Visual Novel photo
Visual Novel

Huzzah: J-List/JAST USA unleashes a series of new announcements


Just in time for the holidays
Nov 28
The holidays are among us, which means that many outlets are having a bunch of sales as we speak. Speaking of which, J-list is having a sale until Dec. 2 where people can get up to 18% off any product (based on how much they ... read
Contest Winners! photo
The lucky five!
Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've j... read feature

Americana Dawn photo
Americana Dawn

Journey through Colonial America in Americana Dawn


It's time to relive American history as an RPG game
Nov 24
There's something amazing about seeing two great things come together to form a nice package. In this case, Max Lam and her team, Bit Bonton, have opened a Kickstarter for Americana Dawn, a JRPG-influenced game that lets the... read
If My Heart Had Wings photo
Just answer one simple question!
[Update: Contest is over, everyone! The winners will be contacted by the email address they signed up for Japanator with!] We've got a treat for you story-game fans out there, and it comes to you courtesy of our buds at ... read feature

Final Fantasy XIII-2 photo
Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2 time-warps to Steam soon


Time-tripping on the machine of the future
Nov 12
Ever since Final Fantasy XIII hit the PC way back in the halcyon days of last month, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the rest of Square Enix's grand, ill-fated trilogy would eventually make it over as well... read
Counter SAttatrike Titan photo
Counter SAttatrike Titan

Counter-Strike on Titan?


AWP some kawaii titan
Oct 31
Now here's a collaboration I didn't see coming. Attack on Titan is teaming up with the Nexcon developed Counter-Strike Online game in Japan. It's an Asian market version of the popular Valve shooter, which I spent endless hou... read
Valkyria Chronicles photo
Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles PC comes very soon, for pretty cheap


Defend Gallia on a budget
Oct 30
We already knew that Valkyria Chronicles was coming to the PC in an unexpected, but entirely pleasant surprise, but Sega wasn't forthcoming with the actual details. Until now, that is. The game's coming out on November 1... read
Valkyria Chronicles photo
Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles finally rolls onto PCs


Only 6 years late to the game
Oct 28
One of the all time favorite games around the Japanator office is the 2008 PS3 strategy game, Valkyria Chronicles. It's unique mix of strategy, twisting story, amazing character design, and surprisingly deep character develop... read
MangaGamer sale photo
MangaGamer sale

Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer!


Also, it's Moe Day!
Oct 10
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... read
Final Fantasy XIII photo
Final Fantasy XIII

TGS 2014: Final Fantasy XIII trilogy coming to Steam


All hail the PC Master Race
Sep 18
I think it's safe to say that I'm in the minority when I say I actually liked the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. They were flawed and the whole Fabula Nova Crystalis affair smacked of troubling hubris on the part ... read
VA-11 HALL-A photo
VA-11 HALL-A

Get robots drunk in VA-11 HALL-A's cyberpunk bar


Future boozefest
Aug 20
OK, I'll admit it right now: The main reason I'm posting about VA-11 HALL-A, a indie bartending game, is because of its website, located at a domain called (and I'm not kidding) Waifubartending.com. These people know wh... read
MangaGamer photo
MangaGamer

Otakon '14: MangaGamer grabs eden*, euphoria, and more


MangaGamer has a few new tricks up their sleeve
Aug 09
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... read
The Legend of Heroes photo
The Legend of Heroes

Cheers! Trails in the Sky's PC version gets a release date


It's time to launch more trailers into the sky!
Jul 23
As XSEED Games and Carpe Fulgur continue to work on The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, the awesome folks at XSEED have announced that the first Trails in the Sky game's hitting Steam and GOG on July 29th (next Tuesda... read
Chroma Squad photo
Chroma Squad

Report: Power Rangers co. Saban sues indie Sentai game


Teens with too much attitude
Jul 19
I love the story of Chroma Squad, a little indie game from Brazilian outfit Behold Studios. They took something they loved - tokusatsu and Super Sentai - and made it into a unique game concept - putting players in the shoes o... read
Phantasy Star Online 2 photo
Phantasy Star Online 2

Vocaloid concert coming to Phantasy Star Online 2


Take a break from all that monster fighting
Jul 17
Sometimes when you're out killing hundreds of monsters for XP in a MMO you think to yourself, "Gee, I sure wish I could take my character to go see a show of some sort." Well fear not, my friends. Sega has just announced that... read
MangaGamer photo
MangaGamer

AX '14: MangaGamer announces OZMAFIA, No, Thank You!!, and more


Otome and BL Game fans rejoice
Jul 04
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... read
Happy July 4th! photo
AMERICA
It's AMERICA day today, and you know what's pretty cool and American? The United States Navy! And you know what cool American thing is grossly underrepresented in Kantai Collection, everyone's favorite strategy game &nbs... read feature

Hatoful Boyfriend photo
Hatoful Boyfriend

Pigeon-date sim Hatoful Boyfriend getting English remake


This is the world we live in now
Jun 10
Forget Danganronpa. Ignore Hakuoki. Trash Katawa Shoujo. If there was ever any proof that visual novels and their ilk are real, actual things that might just matter outside Japan, this is it. Hatoful Boyfriend, the Japan... read
You're Winner! photo
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... read feature







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