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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 Japanese indie Colum...

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Review: World End Economica Episode 1

[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 ...

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Review: Steins;Gate

[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. Steins;Gate, the vis...

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New videos of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax!

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 Bunko fighting...

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Pick up Go! Go! Nippon on Steam

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 about the nift...

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Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

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 I've gone throu...

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JAST talks about difficulties with Starry Sky

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 interest in lice...

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Christine Love's next visual novel has the longest title

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 Hate Story, and ...

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Final Impressions: Little Busters! Refrain

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 revealed in a m...

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Golden Time: Vivid Memories to hit PS Vita in March

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 student Tada Banri...

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Hard copies now available at MangaGamer

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, either becaus...

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Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 9

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 something so...hard ...

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Nitroplus/5pb. announces Chaos;Child

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 "Date all the girl...

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Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 8

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 it sounds. Ha,...

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

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 the attention i...

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Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 5

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. We just have t...

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Narcissu visual novels on Steam Greenlight

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 by the gaming c...

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

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 with their lives ...

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Japanator Arena: Nrvnqsr Chaos vs Soma Cruz

*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 his Soul Purge ...

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Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 2

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 up in the air. W...

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First Impressions: Little Busters!: Refrain

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 conclusion of its craz...


MangaGamer releasing Kara no Shoujo Voiced Edition

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 vo...

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Angel Beats! game officially announced

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 kind somewhere do...

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Dysfunctional Systems hits Steam later this week

It could be argued that visual novels are almost a dime a dozen these days, and while most fail to spark the interest of press and consumers alike, there are always the exceptions. Granted, it's not easy to succeed in a genre that's practi...

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Higurashi: When they Cry could be spruced up for Steam

Everyone's favourite psycho-loli visual novel was recently pushed through the Greenlight process, but it might hit Steam any time soon. It seems that MangaGamer, the localisation company that has sold the visual novel outside of Japan, want...

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El Psy Congroo: Steins;Gate pre-orders are now up

To those who have been waiting to join Rintaro in his experiments to mess with the science behind time travel, JAST USA has prepared the applications for people who wish to join his lab. In other words, you can now pre-order the PC version ...

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Analogue: A Hate Story coming to iOS, Japan

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 tablet platforms...

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Otome game Sweet Fuse gets an English trailer of men

The folks at Aksys Games have done a great job of bringing visual novels to the western market. They've been hitting a nice variety of titles, and I think picking up Idea Factory's Sweet Fuse was a good move. Those of you who read Go West!...

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Review: If My Heart Had Wings

If My Heart Had Wings is a curiosity. On one hand, it's a touching tale of finding romance, coming to terms with loss, and adolescence. On the other, this particular release is devoid of the content the game originally shipped with in Japan...

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El Psy Congroo: JAST USA to localize Steins;Gate game

Hey, it's me! The Organization has been sent reeling, with the latest blow for freedom, justice, and SCIENCE struck. Operation "Based JAST" has concluded successfully, and the veteran agents at JAST USA have delivered the announcement that ...

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Congratulations to our contest winners!

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone that entered this contest! We received a crazy number of responses, and we couldn't be happy to see so many people leave their lurker-selves behind to give us their character ideas.  However, we...

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Contest: Win a copy of If My Heart Had Wings!

[Last chance! Be sure to enter now or forever hold your peace! - Chris] Oh, you lucky folks! Thanks to MoeNovel we have five boxed copies of the upcoming If My Heart Had Wings English release. What's more, each of these will come with a min...

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Import Review: Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no Deja Vu

I doubt anybody ever expected 5pb.'s science adventure game, Steins;Gate, to ever reach the level of popularity that it did. While the original game has yet to see an official English release, in Japan it's playable on pretty much every gam...

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Review: Saya no Uta

It's not unusual for us to review visual novels, regardless of whether they are family friendly titles like Cherry Tree High School Club, adult-rated stories like Conquering the Queen, or those that remind you that you aren't a heartless hu...

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Go West! Week Forty-Seven: Summoning some Muv-Luv

Good day, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the 47th edition of Go West!, your [not-so-weekly] column about Japanese import games and Idea Factory.  With the Golden Week rush having come and gone, Japan has once again settled into a mor...

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Take flight: If My Heart Had Wings to land in MangaGamer

It's time to take to the skies, people, because MangaGamer is insuring their customers that they can pre-order MoeNovel's release of the All Ages version of If My Heart Had Wings through their Website. From the looks of it, the game ha...

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Rejoice?! English version of Saya no Uta ships

The English language version of Nitroplus' notoriously disturbing adult visual novel, Saya no Uta, is now shipping. Yes, I'm well aware this is coming a bit late. Doesn't make it any less important. Huzzah! Penned by Gen Urobuchi (Fate/Zero...

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A Look at: Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1

Earlier this month, Dischan Media released the first episode to their very first visual novel titled Dysfunctional Systems.  The story here is Winter, 14 years old, is studying to become a mediator in an Earth that is guided by all-kno...


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CRYSTAR"Welcome to Purgatory"


Millennium Actress (Remastered) "A Millennium Journey"


KILL la KILL -IF"The Clothes Make The Fans"


Pokémon Detective Pikachu"Detective Pikachu Is On The Case! "


Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (NS)" Control the Arisen On The Go"


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy"The Ace Attorney Arrives On Modern Platforms"


Tokyo School Life"A Crazy Trip To Japan"


The World Next Door"A Journey To A Parelell World"


Disgaea 5 Complete (PC)"Another Disgaea Entry Enters PC Gaming"


The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince"A Beautiful Game with Lackluster Puzzles"


The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist"Includes Illustrations & Artwork From 2001 through 2017"


Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms"A beautiful tale about immortality"


Batman Ninja Blu-Ray Set"Travel to the Feudal Era"


Ponyo 10th Anniversary"Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea"


Sound Of The Sky Blu-Ray Set"Moe Girls in the Military"


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light Remastered"The King of Games is Back in Theaters!"


Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-Ray Set"We Call Everything on the Ice 'Love'"


Akiba's Trip: The Animation"More disappointing than I expected it to be"


Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set"IN MY DREAM, LET'S FIGHTING!"


Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection "Epic fights but lackluster story"