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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


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




8:00 PM on 08.09.2014

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

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...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 AM on 07.23.2014

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

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...

Salvador GRodiles

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

12:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Vocaloid concert coming to Phantasy Star Online 2

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...

Josh Totman

3:30 PM on 07.04.2014

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

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...

Salvador GRodiles



Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls! photo
Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls!
by Josh Tolentino

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  featuring moe-fied World War II-era warships? 

That's right, I'm talking about the United States Navy!

Thankfully, it's not just patriots like myself who realize this injustice. A artist who goes by "November☆" realized that only Japan's kantai was collected in Kantai Collection (plus a cameo by Bismarck) and sought to correct the imbalance by illustrating a few US Navy capital kan-musu ("ship girls") to join the fleet, including the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Yorktown, Enterprise, and Hornet, the battleship U.S.S. Iowa, and even the never-built Montana-class battleship, U.S.S. Louisiana, the last battleship ever ordered by the navy.

Check out some more illustrations in the gallery below, and give an all-American salute to this Chinese artist for helping represent the good ol' U.S. of A in a Japanese videogame!

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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



Congratulations to our Really? Really! contest winners! photo
Congratulations to our Really? Really! contest winners!
by Josh Tolentino

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
  • AlteredOtaku

Congratulations to everyone who won! MangaGamer will be contacting you shortly with instructions on how to claim your game! For everyone else who didn't win but are still interested in the game, Really? Really! is now available!

[Note: The contest entries are based on the MangaGamer IDs you sent in, so they might not be the same as the username you registered for your Japanator account!]

 

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Contest: Win Really? Really! from MangaGamer! photo
Contest: Win Really? Really! from MangaGamer!
by Josh Tolentino

[Update: Contest's over! Thanks to everyone who joined up!]

Have you had enough of Navel's visual novel sensation, Shuffle!? That's a silly question. Of course you haven't!

But what isn't silly at all is the fact that we're hooking up with MangaGamer to give away a bunch of copies of Really? Really! (link NSFW), the sequel to Shuffle!.  for the low, low, price of absolutely free!

Check out the details on how to enter the contest below!

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Review: World End Economica Episode 1 photo
Review: World End Economica Episode 1
by Brittany Vincent

[Originally posted at Destructoid.]

Visual novels are a finicky medium. It's difficult enough to drum up interest because of their exotic origins, and harder still to find an audience due to their nature -- it's a bunch of reading. And you can't always be sure that the story you're reading is going to be one that you'll want to invest dozens of hours in. On one hand, you've got a menagerie of engaging tales that capture the imagination and ensnare the reader until the very end. On the other, you've got a set of stories with dull, flavorless dialogue and uninteresting protagonists.

Why waste time on a less-than-stellar adventure when there are juicier ones at your disposal? I find myself asking this question and others when it comes to World End Economica Episode 1, Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura's three-part visual novel series that follows a teenager who runs away from home and attempts to make a living for himself in the world of day trading. It's ambitious in scope, but ultimately ends up failing due to a lack of interactivity and a protagonist that's difficult to root for.

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8:00 PM on 04.27.2014

MangaGamer announces Lapis Gunner and more

MangaGamer has two new wriggly titles to please its fans: Lapis Gunner and Milles, Knight of Anal Tyranny. Lapis Gunner is the sequel to Ruby Striker, where the title character goes back to save her friend from tentacle ...

Brad Rice