visual novel

So many shades of rape
So here I am, brand new writer for Japanator looking for content I can write for the site. The offer is made to review a game that I had heard plenty of buzz about in Starless: Nymphomaniac's Paradise, a visual novel type gam... read feature

Steins;Gate

Grab a Dr. Pepper: Steins;Gate gets a release date for Europe


Just in time for the Summer
May 15
Well, folks; May has arrived and it turns out that PQube's release of Steins;Gate for the PS3 and Vita has been pushed to June 5 for Europe. While it's unfortunate that we won't get to experience the Future Gadget Lab's adven... read
TyranoBuilder

Rawr: TyranoBuilder lets you make your own visual novels


Sounds like a roaring good time
Mar 23
I may be prehistorically late to the festivities, but there's something intriguing about Nyu Media's collaboration with STRIKEWORKS. Thanks to their cooperation, TyranoBuilder, a user-friendly program that lets you create yo... read
Steins;Gate

Praise Dr. Pepper: Steins;Gate's special edition includes a Metal Upa


The future has been saved
Mar 20
For a good while, I was on the fence on whether I should play Steins;Gate on the PC or consoles. Now that PQube has announced a special edition for the game's PS3 and PS Vita release, I might have to lean towards the latter f... read
Tokyo School Life

Enrol as a Virtual Exchange Student in Tokyo School Life


School Girls in seifuku 'nuff said
Feb 19
Visual novels are nothing new in Japan but they're still incredibly niche in the west. I don't think we'll be seeing copies of Clannad or School Days on the shelves of Gamestop anytime soon, but they're gradually finding thei... read
Steins;Gate

Tuturu: Steins;Gate's PS3 and PS Vita version go West


The Future Gadget Lab has expanded!
Dec 16
Now this is what I call an unexpected turn of events, people. If you've been yearning to play more visual novel titles on your consoles, then you'll be happy to hear that Steins;Gate's PS3 and Vita release are heading to Nort... read
Dragon Dating Sim

Wait, what? It's a Dragon Dating Simulator


Literally
Dec 04
I'm conflicted about this. On the one hand, it's really cool that designers outside Japan are taking visual novels and relationship-centric games more seriously. More people making more types of games can only be a good thing. On the other hand...Dragon Dating Simulator. read
Visual Novel

Huzzah: J-List/JAST USA unleashes a series of new announcements


Just in time for the holidays
Nov 28
The holidays are among us, which means that many outlets are having a bunch of sales as we speak. Speaking of which, J-list is having a sale until Dec. 2 where people can get up to 18% off any product (based on how much they ... read
The lucky five!
Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've j... read feature

Just answer one simple question!
[Update: Contest is over, everyone! The winners will be contacted by the email address they signed up for Japanator with!] We've got a treat for you story-game fans out there, and it comes to you courtesy of our buds at ... read feature

MangaGamer sale

Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer!


Also, it's Moe Day!
Oct 10
October 10th is a special day for fans of moe and puns, because today is Moe Day! Why, you ask? Well, the Kanji characters for "October 10th" (十月十日) just so happen to line up just right to spell th... read
Double Jeopardy
I almost don't want to be writing this review. That's because Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is quite a lot like its predecessor, Trigger Happy Havoc. That means it's one of the few games where "spoilers" really matter, and t... read feature

Back to school!
[Awesome user MrRasczack has a great breakdown of School Days, everybody's favorite "Nice Boat" anime. Want your deep thoughts to get on the front page? Write a cool community blog! -Josh] When the anime adaptation of Sc... read feature

CLANNAD

Visual novel CLANNAD is getting a Steam release in English


Sekai Project takes the first big step with Visual Arts/Key
Aug 24
During their panel at Japan Expo USA, Sekai Project announced that they are releasing Key/Visual Arts's CLANNAD visual novel on Steam. It will be the full-voiced edition of the game. However there aren't much more details bey... read
MangaGamer

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


MangaGamer has a few new tricks up their sleeve
Aug 09
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... read
MangaGamer

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


Otome and BL Game fans rejoice
Jul 04
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... read
Visual Novels

AX '14: Sekai Project to localize Grisaia no Kajitsu, planetarian


Front Wing and Visual Arts on board
Jul 03
At Anime Expo Sekai Project announced that they are partnering with Visual Arts, the studio that publishes high profile Key titles, to release planetarian in English officially. There was a previous release of it with a ... read
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
Don't fly me to the moon
[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 re... read feature

The life and times of Hououin Kyouma
[As originally posted at Destructoid.] Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays behind. Stein... read feature

Video games

New videos of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax!


AKA, my 'Misaka v.s. Shana' simulator.
Mar 18
Arcade fighting game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax has released in Japan, and we have a ton of videos to look at!  Developed by Ecole Software and French Bread, known for their work on the Melty Blood franchise, Dengeki... read
Video Games

Pick up Go! Go! Nippon on Steam


Adding drool-worthy imaginary food to Valve's popular service
Feb 26
You certainly can't complain that there aren't enough ways to get your hands on OVERDRIVE's visual novel/Japan travel guide Go! Go! Nippon~My First Trip to Japan: you can download it from MangaGamer, we let you know... read
Phoenix Wright meets 999
I'll be honest with you. Before playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the first time, I had to dust off my PS Vita, charge it up for a few hours and install a stack of updates. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time ... read feature

Starry Sky

JAST talks about difficulties with Starry Sky


That ish be expensive, yo
Jan 13
Sometimes, the reality of business ruins the fun for everyone. This time around, that adage refers to the state of Starry Sky, a popular visual novel targeted to female audiences. Two years ago at Anime Expo, JAST expressed i... read
Ladykiller in a Bind

Christine Love's next visual novel has the longest title


Oh, the light novel-ness of it!
Jan 07
Indie game developer Christine Love is probably the best case for feeling positive about the increasing visibility of visual novels in western gaming culture. Her games, which include Digital: A Love Story, Analogue: A H... read
Ouch, my brain
I commented several times that I didn't think that Little Busters! Refrain would wrap up completely within thirteen episodes. In fact, the midpoint of the series was moving at such a sluggish pace that it seemed all would be ... read feature

Video Games

Golden Time: Vivid Memories to hit PS Vita in March


Take all of Koko's mental issues on the go with you
Dec 27
I'll admit it: I don't have an official list of "Anime that would make for awesome games," but even if I did, Golden Time wouldn't be on it. I enjoy the show, but I just don't feel this great urge to play as sensitive law stu... read
Visual Novels

Hard copies now available at MangaGamer


Sometimes you just want a box
Dec 09
I know we're living in the future and virtually everything can be downloaded to your computer via streams of data, but sometimes, you just want a nice game box. Sometimes, you just want to have a physical product in your hand... read
AA: Little Busters!

Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 9


This Kud change everything
Dec 02
What do you all think about the supernatural and complex plot we've found ourselves in? You could say it was pretty obvious something like this would happen, what with Key's track record, but I'm not sure I've ever seen somet... read
Visual Novels

Nitroplus/5pb. announces Chaos;Child


More semicolon;fun
Nov 26
I don't usually play visual novels, but if I did, I would play the "science adventure" series from Nitroplus/5pb. Not only do these games include stories with interesting food for thought that's above and beyond the usual "Da... read
AA: Little Busters!

Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 8


It Kud have gone better
Nov 26
Tired of Kyousuke being miserable all the time? Not to worry, because he doesn't even turn up for this episode. Fine by me, but it means we are faced with cleaning up his mess instead, which proves to be a bigger problem than... read
AA: Little Busters

Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 6 and 7


Kud withdrawal
Nov 19
Kyousuke hasn't really been that prominent in Little Busters!, even though his leader status and relation to Rin would suggest otherwise. No, instead he's taken a back seat to Riki, and now that he's finally getting a lot of ... read
AA: Little Busters 5

Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 5


Like this pun, it's a cat-astrophe
Nov 08
What is it with those cat ears that Rin randomly sprouts from her head? Perhaps she's part cat, and her arc will turn into something really creepy once we meet her parents. Most likely, she's just an extra for Strike Witches.... read
Vidya

Narcissu visual novels on Steam Greenlight


Looking to garner support from fans.
Nov 04
Thanks to Steam's Greenlight program, we've been seeing more and more indie games making their way to the digital distribution platform, including many niche titles and visual novels that would have otherwise gone unnoticed ... read
AA: Little Busters 3&4

Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 3 and 4


How do I girlfriend?
Nov 01
Oh, the irony of not being able to find the time to write about a show that has too much of it. That's right, it's back to that wacky time loop that our main man Riki can't seem to escape, while his school buddies carry on wi... read
Things are about to get chaotic around here
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! Even with Victor's immense strength and ability to harness electrify through his body, Stein was smart enough to void the creature's electrifying grabs-- including the butt one. After Stein used ... read feature

LB!: Refrain Ep. 2

Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 2


Kyon-kun, denwa!
Oct 20
After a first episode comprised of both a light-hearted pancake-making party and the usually cool-headed Kuragaya traumatizing some students by kicking a door off its hinges, the content of the second episode was completely u... read
The littlest busters.
We may be at the beginning of a brand new season, but it seems a few older shows have come back from for a second quarter in the limelight. Little Busters! is one such show, returning from a three-month break with the conclus... read feature

MangaGamer releasing Kara no Shoujo Voiced Edition


Mysteriously sexy
Oct 04
Looking for something a little naughty yet intellectual to spice up your day? Running low on awesome visual novels? As of today, MangaGamer is now distributing Innocent Grey's 18+ psychological thriller Kara no Shoujo, now available with voices.  read
Angel Beats! game

Angel Beats! game officially announced


It only took four years
Sep 27
When Angel Beats! was first revealed to the public back in 2009, it was billed as a cross media franchise. Given visual novel studio Key's involvement, it was generally assumed that there would be a game adaptation of some ki... read






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