Touhou x PS photo
Touhou x PS

Touhou games may come to PlayStation this year

But not the games you might want
Jan 27
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... read
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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
Touhou photo

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

In which Manpuku Jinja's animation dominates the screen
Jan 02
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... read
VA-11 HALL-A photo

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) These people know wh... read
Comiket games photo
Comiket games

Behold the glory of Comiket 86's doujin games

Brought to you by Edelweiss
Aug 15
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... 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
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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
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The doujinshi fanzine industry is worth a lot of money

Fans arise!
Feb 04
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... read
Kickstarter photo

Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts

Doujin circle Lunatic Joker turns kickstarter for help
Dec 16
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... read
Review photo
Pew pew pew
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,... read feature

Vanguard Princess Steam photo
Vanguard Princess Steam

Doujin fighter Vanguard Princess coming to Steam

All the princesses, all the vanguards
Nov 01
Publisher eigoMANGA has announced that Vanguard Princess, a doujin fighting game, will be hitting Steam this winter. After appearing on Steam Greenlight, it took nine days for the game to get voted in by a fairly whopping 39,... read
Doujin photo

Get ready for Nyu Media's third wave of Doujin games

A Doujin Tsunami is heading our way!
Oct 14
It's been a good while since Nyu Media unleashed for their second wave of doujin titles, and the company's next cataclysmic attack is even greater than before. Speaking of which, the first game to enter the tsunami is Yataga... read
Analogue: A Hate Story photo
Analogue: A Hate Story

Analogue: A Hate Story coming to iOS, Japan

*Mute and *Hyun-ae await!
Sep 16
Visual novels are cool games, but if there's a pet peeve I've developed with the genre lately, it's that most of them are PC-based. Visual Novels, dating sims, and the like are the perfect type of game to play on mobile and t... read
Watashi Wa photo
Watashi Wa

Watashi Wa is not a Japanese game

But it is a super-interesting one
Aug 26
English-speaking folks might read the title for the new indie game Watashi wa Hijo ni Yoku Nihongo Hanasenai, and think it sounds sounds foreign and exotic. But, since you're reading this on Japanator, I'd be willi... read
Review: Corpse Party 2 photo
Hospitals are scary.
Corpse Party has been on something of a roll lately. With an anime OVA in the works, multiple successful manga series, and a new Vita game scheduled to hit later this year, there looks to be no end in sight for the horror fra... read feature

Dojinshi photo

Gut-punch fetish comics set to release soon

It's a thing now that shouldn't be
Jul 09
Let's file this one under "WTF Japan?!" A doujinshi circle group called Atemism is releasing a violent doujinshi about tieing up girls and giving them a "Belly punch" or other violence. This type of sick and twisted fant... read
Touhou doujin anime  photo
Touhou doujin anime

Memories of Phantasm's 2nd episode gets streamed silently

Silent doujin Touhou anime for everyone!
Jun 10
I think I need to get myself checked up, because I haven't played any of the Touhou games yet. As for the reasoning behind my latest sin, the answer is unknown. For now, I will blame time, which is a factor that affects many... read
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Which indie game

Here's an indie game 'Which' should be on a kids' show

Coming soon to your local Sesame Street analogue
Mar 12
You normally associate the Japanese indie gaming scene with the likes of shmups, visual novels and other game types nominally paired with an anime-style aesthetic, but every so often fun little productions like Yoshio Ishii's... read

Incoming bullets: ZUN to appear at Anime Weekend Atlanta

Touhou fans are going to have a blast.
Feb 05
I may not have played any of the Touhou games, but I find it impressive that the whole series is still being developed by only ZUN himself. And speaking of dedicated creators, the courageous and daring mastermind behind the T... read

Get iced up: Rosenkreuzstilette's sequel has arrived

Another great title that feels like Megaman.
Nov 13
Looking for a new game that plays like the classic titles of the Blue Bomber? Well look no further, because the sequel to [erka:es]'s Rosenkreuzstilette has been available since October 20th, 2012 -- just in time for th... read

Pizza-ne Miku: Domino's Pizza to make a Vocaloid song

That I used C.C., a Pizza Hut shill, for this header tells you who's winning this war
Oct 24
Pizza chains are to Japan's nerd sector what Mountain Dew is to America's gamers: brands willing to tie in with just about anything that the kids are into. And what are the kids into into? Vocaloids. Domino's Pizza has just a... read

Get ready to kick gelatinous goo in Nyu Media's new game

Time to take down some slimes!
Oct 15
When things are about to get slimy, sometimes the best solution is to get your feet dirty. And speaking of dirty feet, Nyu Media's new game known as Fairy Bloom Freesia has you play as a fairy called Freesia that uses her fa... read

Semper Fi: Strike Witches creator makes Marine Corps Yumi

A Few Good Moe Moe
Sep 19
Boy, otaku sure do love their moe moe military manga! Maybe it's the juxtaposition of hyper-cute girls on the hyper-masculine world of the armed services. Or maybe they like girls in many uniforms. Either way, it's a thing, a... read

Most of you remember that time when I lost against Michelle when I attempted to grab Cherry Tree High Comedy Club. Little did she know, I manage to come across another game that fell out of her purse when she knocked me out. ... read feature


Incoming! Nyu Media reveals its new wave of Doujin games

Aug 09
Many of you got to hear about Nyu Media's previous wave of titles when Michelle and Elliot reviewed Cherry Tree High Comedy Club and Ether Vapor Remaster. As the tides begin to build up, Nyu Media is planning t... read

ETHER VAPOR Remaster is a strange shooter. It's a Japanese indie game for the PC that boasts some fairly impressive visuals, crazy camera work and a pretty solid soundtrack. Hell, there's even a story present if you're into t... read feature


DM and EISYS teaming up to localize digital doujinshi

Jun 27
This is kind of a big deal and something I've been wanting to see for years. Digital Manga will be teaming up with Japanese digital doujinshi distributor EISYS (DLsite) to bring localized doujinshi to a variety of manga distr... read

Cherry Tree High Comedy Club launches April 27th

Apr 18
It seems that more companies are starting to enter the frightening market of localisation, and after seeing some great games like Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom and Corpse Party make it over the pond it's easy to get ... read

Put your guns on for Sengoku Basara leg mouse pad

Feb 22
Boob mouse pads still make me laugh a bit inside every time I see them. Maybe it's just the idea that they're real products, maybe it's how classy they try to make some of them look. For whatever the reason, it makes me smile... read

07th Expansion are back with Rose Guns Days

Jan 31
Ryukishi07, the mind behind games such as Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, has announced that 07th Expansion have begun work on a new title. It's called Rose Guns Days, and if it's anything like the circ... read

Fans get proactive, remake Final Fantasy VII

Dec 06
It seems that a straw has fallen and broken some poor Chocobo’s back (as if they weren’t suffering enough in the Type-0 intro). The intrepid fans at Studio Paint have had enough of Square Enix’s constant tea... read

Doujin game Grief Syndrome brings Puella Magi to your PC

Aug 19
Comiket may have become infamous for the sheer amount of doujin manga it yields, but the games that also come from the event are nothing to look down on. Tasofro are a group who have dabbled in this very area, and at Comiket ... read

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