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Japanator LIVE: Let's end RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel's deadly winter


We're freezing over here
Nov 12
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.] In a miraculous turn of events, I was able to get through a good chunk of RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel. This was likely thanks to my decision to use most ...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Get left in the cold with RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel


Don't forget to bring a warm coat
Nov 04
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] It looks like things are going to get icy around here, as I attempt to go through RosenkreuzStilette's sequel, RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel. Compare to its pr...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: RosenkreuzStilette's final part is about to go poof


Can we pull off this disappearing act?
Oct 29
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] It looks like fate wasn't on my side last time since I wasn't able to get to the final boss in the Megaman-like doujin game known as RosenkreuzStilette. Part of this fa...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Let's shoot down magical girls in RosenkreuzStilette


We're about to go Megaman on people
Oct 22
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] With October being the month that Halloween takes place in, I felt that it was time to play something that fits with the season. The Doujin Game RosenkreuzStilette...

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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Alter people's fates with This Starry Midnight We Make


Horoscopes are no joke
Oct 15
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] So I was able to progress further in This Starry Midnight We Make, but I hit a couple walls while I was trying to complete the last set of character stories to complete...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Creating This Starry Midnight We Make's stars is an important matter


The cosmos can change people's lives
Oct 08
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over but you can watch it here.] Well, folks. Tonight, I attempt to complete my task of mastering the ways of making stars again, as the folks of This Starry Midnight We Make's world are in need of some...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Giving birth to new stars with This Starry Midnight We Make


Let's create a beautiful night sky
Oct 01
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] At long last, I was able to take down Fortune Summoners' last boss during the last segment. While the game seemed to open up for a sequel, there's a chance that this ti...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Fortune Summoners' magic school is about to get cleansed


Will this adventure come to a close?
Sep 24
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] We're back to our usual schedule and it's time for us to find Fortune Summoners' final adversary and show her that it's rude to turn innocent people into stone. Serious...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Learn the truth behind Fortune Summoners' signature stone


Will this be our last run?
Sep 15
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] I bet most of you are wondering why I'm holding a Jtor Live segment tonight. Well, something came up that I won't be able to host the segment on Saturday, so I figured ...
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Touhou

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity will obliterate your boredom on Sept. 20


Immortality is overrated
Sep 02
// Salvador G Rodiles
Well, folks. It looks like we're in for a September that's filled with lots of colorful bullets since Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, the Touhou fan game by Ankake Spa that gives off a Ys: The Oath in Felghana and Ys Origins ...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Turn up the heat with Fortune Summoners


Let's set this place on fire
Aug 20
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.] Summer tends to be one of the hottest seasons in many regions, which results in people trying to find a way to stay cool while they endure the heat. In the cas...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Destroy the scorching heat with Fortune Summoners' water dungeon


Status ailments are the worse
Aug 13
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] When people said that Fortune Summoners was a bit challenging, they weren't joking around. While I didn't get a "game over" yet, the game encourages the players to take...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Vanquish deadly cute foes with Fortune Summoners


Adorableness is the best deception
Aug 06
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] As I promised last time, I was going to try out a different doujin title for this week's segment. Since I was in a mood for a challenge, I'm going to tackle Fortune Sum...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Overcome large waves of monsters with Croixleur Sigma


Someone is about to get cut
Jul 30
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] So I was able to get VA-11 Hall-A's good and bad ending last time, which means that it's time for us to start our next adventure. Tonight, I felt that I should sli...
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VA-11 HALL-A

Cheers! Cyberpunk Bartender Action: VA-11 HALL-A gets a release date


Let's pour a drink for Sukeban Games
Jun 06
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: I contacted Fernando Damas (VA-11 HALL-A's Writer and Programmer) of Sukeban Games about The Augmented Eye Website's purpose, and he said, "We made AE as a means to tease the trailer, but we'll use it some more...
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Touhou

Here's a nice extra helping of the Memories of Phantasm doujin anime series


The new year is off to an amazing start!
Jan 03
// Salvador G Rodiles
As the old year goes away, the gang at Manpukujinja have uploaded the sixth episode of their Touhou doujin anime, Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~, on their YouTube page. Just like the previous episode, t...
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Steam Comiket Sale

Go nuts for doujin games with Steam's Summer Comiket Sale


Indie-credible Deals
Aug 11
// Josh Tolentino
If there's one thing otaku like more than otaku things, it's otaku things bought for cheap, which makes Steam's latest excuse to have a sale especially relevant. Y'see, Summer Comiket is happening right about now, and the ota...
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VA-11 HALL-A

Drown away your sorrows with a new VA-11 HALL-A trailer


Just what the bartender ordered
Jun 26
// Salvador G Rodiles
Back when Japanator Managing Editor Josh Tolentino wrote about VA-11 HALL-A, the bartending game that's set in a cyberpunk setting, my interest for the title was at a normal level. While I didn't get to play the project's pr...
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Costco Manga

Shopping at Costco becomes a manga


Costco meets Manga
Jun 17
// Anthony Redgrave
There's still so much going on at E3 it's hard to escape the gravitational pull towards writing about video games. But outside of the hot Los Angeles convention centre news is still happening, specifically doujin news regardi...
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Touhou

Memories of Phantasm's fifth episode blasts its way to YouTube


Watch out for Mandragoras
Jun 14
// Salvador G Rodiles
Summer is around the corner and Manpuku Jinja has uploaded Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~'s fifth episode on YouTube. Compare to the project's previous segments, this one decides to focus on the co...
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Touhou x PS

Touhou games may come to PlayStation this year


But not the games you might want
Jan 27
// Josh Tolentino
Ah, Touhou Project. The hyper-popular series of bullet-hell shooters has long been a Holy Grail of sorts for non-PC-owning otaku, and the efforts to get games with the Touhou brand on various consoles have bee...
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Steam sale

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


Now with more amorous avians!
Jan 09
// Josh Tolentino
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 ...
Touhou photo
Touhou

Memories of Phantasm's third and fourth episodes are streaming on YouTube


In which Manpuku Jinja's animation dominates the screen
Jan 02
// Salvador G Rodiles
I may be fashionably late to the festivities, but Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~'s third and fourth episode have blasted their way into YouTube before we transitioned into the new year. Just like the previous...
VA-11 HALL-A photo
VA-11 HALL-A

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


Future boozefest
Aug 20
// Josh Tolentino
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...
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Comiket games

Behold the glory of Comiket 86's doujin games


Brought to you by Edelweiss
Aug 15
// Josh Tolentino
It's time for this year's Summer Comiket, and besides immense lines, hordes of otaku, and treasure troves of the greatest and latest in Japan's indie creation scene, there are also...videogames. Of course, in keeping with Co...
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Chroma Squad

Report: Power Rangers co. Saban sues indie Sentai game


Teens with too much attitude
Jul 19
// Josh Tolentino
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...
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Hatoful Boyfriend

Pigeon-date sim Hatoful Boyfriend getting English remake


This is the world we live in now
Jun 10
// Josh Tolentino
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...
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Doujinshi

The doujinshi fanzine industry is worth a lot of money


Fans arise!
Feb 04
// Josh Tolentino
I suppose it should go without saying for some more savvy otaku, but the fan-comic industry (aka doujinshi) is pretty big in Japan. That said, not everyone knows just how big it is. Until now. A representative from Comitia, a...
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Kickstarter

Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts


Doujin circle Lunatic Joker turns kickstarter for help
Dec 16
// Tim Sheehy
Audiophiles and headphone enthusiasts may be interested in helping kick-start this interesting project we've stumbled across -- Lunatic Joker's Moe Headphone Guidebook 2013. The doujinshi guide will reportedly featu...

Review: ARMED SEVEN

Nov 08 // Elliot Gay
ARMED SEVEN Developer: ASTRO PORTPublisher: Nyu MediaReleased: October 4, 2013MSRP: $4.99 (PC) Surprising absolutely nobody, ARMED SEVEN doesn't have a complex narrative with twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. ASTRO PORT keeps things brief: you're a soldier fighting against an underground militant organization that has stolen the Earth Federation's technology. The fate of the world rests in the hands of your mech, which means it's time to blow things up as effectively as possible. As most shoot-em-up fans are aware of, if you're looking for a complex narrative in this genre, you're doing it wrong. Oddly enough, the moment I booted up ARMED SEVEN, something felt off the mark. The main menu is navigated by using the Z key instead of the standard directional keys. This struck me as a strange design choice, but fortunately it doesn't hurt the experience in any significant fashion. Your mech unit is controlled using either the WASD or directional keys, with Z and X serving as your primary and special attacks respectively. I died many a time in the game's opening moments while trying to get used to the control layout, but it didn't take more than ten minutes to get used to it.  Otherwise, ARMED SEVEN plays like the horizontal shooters that folks have been playing for years. Your mech suit has a shield that permits it to take multiple shots before plummeting to the ground. Before entering the campaign proper, you can choose a main, sub, and charge weapon. There are four possible choices for each one, so a lot of the fun comes from mixing and matching and finding what load-out works best for you. Given the awkward angle that some of the guns fire at, it's important to test stuff out in the first few minutes to get a grasp on what sort of strategy your choice of weapon requires. Despite its low-budget origins ARMED SEVEN has a strong visual aesthetic. While the limited frames of animation left me a bit wanting, the actual sprites are big and clean, making it easy to see what you're supposed to be shooting at. Much to my surprise, I was being pitted against huge enemy mechs and ships within minutes of starting my first run. It felt good to have the first boss be something grand right off the bat. Like any shooter worth its salt, ARMED SEVEN's levels are all differently themed, meaning you won't be seeing the same set of enemies repeated over and over again. Given the brevity of the game (about 30 minutes for skilled players), variety is more than welcome. Unfortunately, I did have some problems with the color of enemy gunfire being a bit too similar to that of the level. I found myself straining my eyes a few times trying to see the bullets against the scrolling background. Musically ARMED SEVEN manages to impress with a series of beats that reminded me of the stuff I used to hear on the SNES' sound chip. I don't know if that's a deliberate play on nostalgia for that era, but it certainly managed to win me over. The game has its own built-in achievement system using emblems. As far as I could tell, there are a total of 16 unlockable emblems ranging from beating the game on easy, to clearing the campaign on insane mode taking less than six hits. Another cool little feature is the ability to save and watch replays of your run. It's useful for going back and trying to figure out what you did wrong against a certain boss or wave of enemies. ARMED SEVEN does a lot of things competently, creating a brief but fun shooter experience that's more than worth the $4.99 asking price. If you're looking for a solid shooter for the PC, don't hesitate to jump on this one. 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.)
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Fans of Japanese indie games are no strangers to shooters. To be honest, the market is probably a bit oversaturated by these kinds of games, but the reality is that they don't require massive budgets to make. That being said,...


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