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2:00 PM on 01.27.2015

Touhou games may come to PlayStation this year

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...

Josh Tolentino


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Mistwalker's mobile-RPG Terra Battle has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.






PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale photo
PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale
by 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 couple of years, slowly, but 2014 was a real kick in the pants when it came to seeing the fruits of Japan's "doujin" development scene outside the shadowy confines of Comiket. 

The most notable phenomenon has been the veritable Cambrian explosion of visual novels and other "anime" games on Steam, which is the de facto face of PC gaming, which to most folks is dominated by western-style titles. However, thanks to Steam Greenlight, Kickstarter, and perhaps the decline of the home console market in Japan, more "Japanese-style" games than ever are on the platform.

And if you needed even more evidence of the obvious, here it is: The latest Steam weekend sale is themed all around "anime". More than 40 games in the anime vein, developed both within Glorious Nippon and without, are getting crazy discounts from now until January 12th.

Notable among the offerings are Christine Love's Korean-themed visual novels, Analogue: A Hate Story and Hate Plus, the animal romance sensation Hatoful Boyfriend, Nyu Media's Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, World End Economica from the author of Spice and Wolf, no less than two Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm games, XSEED's ports of Ys I & II Chronicles, Ys Origins, and Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and the dating-sim/travel primer Go Go Nippon! 

All those and more are going for cents on the dollar (or whatever currency Steam makes you pay in), so pick your favorites and possibly spend less than you normally would!

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11:00 PM on 01.02.2015

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

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...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 PM on 08.20.2014

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

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...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 08.15.2014

Behold the glory of Comiket 86's doujin games

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...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 07.19.2014

Report: Power Rangers co. Saban sues indie Sentai game

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...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 06.10.2014

Pigeon-date sim Hatoful Boyfriend getting English remake

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...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 02.04.2014

The doujinshi fanzine industry is worth a lot of money

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...

Josh Tolentino

4:30 PM on 12.16.2013

Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts

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...

Tim Sheehy



Review: ARMED SEVEN photo
Review: ARMED SEVEN
by Elliot Gay

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, overpopulation or not, there's a ton of quality gaming time to be had if you know where to look. This is much easier said than done of course, which is why I welcome companies like Playism and Nyu Media; they're going out of their way to make these Japanese indies easier to find.

Enter ARMED SEVEN, a horizontally scrolling shooter by indie developers ASTRO PORT.

Does this mech shooter have what it takes to stand out in a crowd of similar titles?

It just might.

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11:00 AM on 11.01.2013

Doujin fighter Vanguard Princess coming to Steam

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,...

Elliot Gay





11:00 PM on 10.14.2013

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

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...

Salvador GRodiles