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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...


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 ...


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...


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...




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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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. ...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


If you've ever been to a dealers room in an anime convention, you are probably aware of Hendane. They're the guys shouting "YAOI!" at the top of their lungs and selling everything from paddles to computer games. Actually, I g...


Fighting witches doesn't have to remain the exclusive domain of magical girls. Non-magical girls (and boys) can check out Homu-Homu Jump, a fan-made flash game based on the third episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Taking c...


The Touhou Project series of ridiculously hard bullet hell "shmups" (shoot 'em ups) has been watched over by Team Shanghai Alice, a developer consisting of only one game designer named Zun. As perhaps one of Japanese independ...


Tokyo Governor Ishihara might have thought he struck the final blow against otaku and their warped DNA with  the passage of Bill 156 (aka the anti-everything bill) but nay, say those who still care about free speech and ...


Visual novel Umineko no Naku Koro ni is set up similar to its predecessor, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. That is, there are eight episodes of the game, the first four setting up the characters, setting, and premise of the myster...


Umineko no Naku Koro ni never really did hit it off as well as Higurashi did. Yet when it comes to video game spin-offs, I think Umineko is getting the better end of the deal. Siliconera reports that the 07th Expans...


I always look at games in the Touhou Project and feel a twinge of sadness, as I realize that I will never have the skills necessary to beat them. They may have fantastic music, a colorful cast of characters, and just have sol...


Vendor trash: it's the worthless garbage that comes part-and-parcel with any RPG worth its salt, and serves largely as a source of money for heroes everywhere. What's to be done with it? Obviously, one must offload it onto th...






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