It’s issue #7 and it’s (already!) the beginning of April. The Otome Visual Novel Releases of April 2016 post is now published, so please feel free to check it out if it interests you.
It was a relatively slow news week, but perhaps the April Fool’s Day section might make up for it all- I’ve added brief explanations of the various pranks otome game companies played on us.
+ Reporting period: 28/3/2016~3/4/2016 +
★ Countdowns: Brothers Conflict: Precious Baby from 26/3/2016 until 7/4/2016.
★ Koei Tecmo will be holding the third event for the Geten no Hana series on the 21/8/2016 at the Main Hall of Kanagawa Kenmin Hall. Little specific detail has been revealed at this stage, though what’s certain is that it will be a performance starring the main seiyuu of the series and will have a day and night session to choose from.
★ On the official Twitter of the Meiji Tokyo Renka series, the series’ staff have announced that a PlayStation Vita port of Meiji Tokyo Renka entitled Meiji Tokyo Renka: Full Moon will be released during the summer of 2016. The port will include additional scenarios, an updating and polishing of the artwork as well as a new capturable main character named Iwasaki Momosuke (a.k.a. Fukuzawa Momosuke), who will be voiced by Hosoya Yoshimasa. The port’s official website was opened to the public on 28/3/2016.
★ On 29/3/2016, the teaser website of Yuukyuu no Tierblade -Lost Chronicle- officially opened, with only the Story, Character and Special sections being viewable at present. A concrete release date has yet to be made clear, though Otomate plans to release the PlayStation Vita game in 2016.
★ Otomate and anime and video game fashion sellers SuperGroupies have collaborated to create a line of Hakuouki bags. Specifically, there will be six bags; one design for each main love interest of the highly popular otome series. The characters the bags will be based on are Saitou Hajime, Hijikata Toshizou, Harada Sanosuke, Okita Souji, Toudou Heisuke and Kazama Chikage. Buyers have from 28/3/2016 until 17/4/2016 to place orders.
★ In celebration of Uta no☆Prince-sama♪’s Kotobuki Reiji’s July 13th birthday, Broccoli will be launching two Broccoli Store-exclusive birthday merchandise. One will be a “Kotobuki Reiji Birthday Sweets” bag charm, which will come with a commented illustration card. Buyers have from 01/4/2016 until 25/4/2016 to order the charm. The second item will be called the “Super Reiji-kun Doll”, which is an SD Reiji plushie that will talk if its tummy is pressed. Buyers have from 01/4/2016 until 18/4/2016 to order the special doll. Both products will be shipped out in early July 2016.
★ The PlayStation Vita port of Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen ~Eden with roses and phantasm~ has been confirmed for release on 30/6/2016. Daisy2’s staff blog also has a post regarding this, in addition to some notice of otome magazines that will feature the port.
★ Operetta has published volume 27 of their online magazine. It centres around their upcoming title, Tsumikui ~Sen no Noroi, Sen no Inori~ and one of its main characters, Kamiki Morihito (CV: Ono Yuuki). The magazine features an exercpt of a scenario in Morihito’s route, a brief comment regarding him by writer Matsutake Ume and a White Day webcomic.
★ Full disclosure: I am a member of Precatio彡 and am heavily involved in the development of Kokorogawari. Precatio彡 have relaunched the character section of their maiden title Kokorogawari’s official website. The artwork is done by their new character and CG artist, Shirou Yuki.
+ April Fool’s Day 2016 +
For April Fool’s Day 2016, many otome game companies took part in a bit of pranking through their games’ official websites or for some, even on their actual brand websites as well. Japanese otome news site Otome Lab have preserved many of the pictures (into misc. otome game pranks, Otomate pranks and Rejet pranks).
I’ll list brief explanations of the pranks:
[R18+] Kalmia8: A new yuri game featuring their two titles’ respective protagonists.
Kagami no Asobi InFinite: A spoof of Maria-sama ga Miteru, which is a popular shoujo ai/yuri light novel-turned-multi-media franchise. The spoof is entitled “Amaterasu-sama ga Miteru”.
Possession Magenta: Special April Fool’s voice messages.
Kin’iro no Corda and Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: A “special collaboration” between the two series called “100-man-nin no Harukanaru Toki no Naka de.”
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪: Another play by the “Shining Theatre Troupe”.
Ozmafia!!: Apparently, Ozmafia!! will be adding “Kansai” to one of its main themes and has been renamed “Ozmafi-yaa”, which is a gag revolving around the Kansai dialect. There is supposedly a “trial” of this game.
Kamigami no Asobi: Players can now enjoy the routes of 8,000,000 gods called “Kamiya Orozu”. There will also be a restaurant SLG called “Tokimeki☆Oniku Paradise”, an agriculture SLG called “NO GYO-DAY” and a clicker game called “Popcorn Cricker”.
Karin Entertainment: A parody of IDOLiSH7.
Kenka Banchou Otome: A “new” packaging redesign.
Taishou x Alice: A website of a new entry into the series called “Taishou x Alice Shouwa“.
Takuyo: A “new game” called “Fashion Megane to Watashi” in which all of the main love interests of their games will now have glasses.
Getsuei no Kusari: A “sequel” entitled “Getsuei no Kusari ~Aiyoku Distance~”, which will be a “traditional Japanese horror game”.
Starry Sky: A movie about the boys saving the world called “STARRY*KNIGHTS'” website opening.
Dynamic Chord: In a similar vein to Starry Sky, a movie called “DYNAMIC LORD”.
Petit Reve: Assorted fake announcements including new theme songs, fandisc announcements and special content.
Prince of Stride: Fake announcement of a fandisc called “Tokimeki Stride”.
Magic-Kyun! Renaissance: A “new character” called Kariyazaki Shougo, whom is based on the real man himself!
Meiji Tokyo Renka: A new “friend” of the series’ rabbit mascot called “Noir” the cat.
Bara ni Kakusareshi Verite: An addition of a new “secret character” named Léonard, Marie Antoinette’s hair stylist. He seems to fancy Danton and could become Lize’s rival!
Senjou no Waltz: A joke based on a similar-sounding word to “Senjou”, “Enjou no Waltz”. “Senjou” means “Battlefield”, and “Enjou” means “Blazing”. So the comic depicts a “blazing waltz”.
Otomate: A “new” agriculture branch of Otomate called “Okomate”, which is a pun-based joke on rice (okome) + the “mate” in “Otomate”. The brand is for “rice lovers”, and will have a café event with menu items themed on their games.
Hakouki SSL: The main boys of the game have become the face/mascots of GMO Internet!
Kyoukai no Shirayuki: Everyone has become “Rabbitmen”.
Suuran Digit: A sister game of Suuran Digit called “Hanami Digit” will be in development.
Trigger Kiss: The boys have become preschool/kindergarten workers, according to illustrator Kinami Yuki.
Nil Admirari no Tenbin: The characters have all developed dog ears. Now it’s called “Peri Admirari” (a combination of “Pero”, which means “lick” + “Ri” which is likely from “Admirari”).
Rejet: The announcement of “Rejestic Brothers”, which is a title that will combine the popular “onii-chans” of Rejet together into a single game. The big brothers will be Tachibana Lindo of Dance with Devils, Kurumi Masato of MoshiKami, Nesso Galland of Black Wolves Saga, Kaneda Wabisuke of Gekka Ryouran ROMANCE, Airu of Oz to Himitsu no Ai and Satou of Happy Sugar Idol. The theme song is called “O/NI/CHAN/CE★” and there’s even a PV!
Marginal #4: The Nomura twins are actually triplets, Lagrange Point will be having a concert on the moon and UNICORN Jr. have “a certain something” growing out of their bodies.
Diabolik Lovers: Each Mukami brother released April Fool’s messages on their official Twitter accounts.
Dance with Devils: Special character Tweets, and on the official website, they’ve all become what looks to be Pomeranian dogs.
+ Upcoming Otome Game Site Updates +
★ [21/4] Kamigami no Asobi ★
~ System: The section has been opened.
★ [21/4] Nil Admirari no Tenbin: Teito Genwaku Kitan ★
~ Special: Three extra gameplay movies added.
★ [19/5] Period Cube ~Torikago no Amadeus~ ★
~ Characters: Sample voice added for “Nazo no Seinen”.
~ Special: OP movie added. The OP is called “Ibara no Rakuen” (Briar Paradise) and is sung by Joelle.
★ [26/5] Kyoukai no Shirayuki ★
~ Characters: Additional sample voices added.
★ [26/5] SA7 (Silent Ability 7) ★
~ Special: Issue #20 of the webcomic uploaded.
~ Media -> Event: Information about their involvement in the upcoming Super Comic City 25.
★ [16/6] Hakuouki Shinkai: Hana no Shou ★
~ Product: Details of store bonuses added.
★ [Spring 2016] Bara no Sensou ~Sonnet of Seeds~ ★
~ Staff Blog updated. For this post, the staff goes into a bit of detail about King Henry, or rather, the “King Henry” name. They talk about how many historical figures of Middle Ages/Medieval Europe share the same names (particularly royals), and why this occurred. Bara no Sensou will focus on many “Henrys” of the Lancaster and York families.
★ [Summer 2016] [R18+] Mashou Megane ★
~ Staff Blog: Another announcement of extra information that will be published in Cool-B #67. Most of the seiyuu cast will be revealed as well as slightly more detail about the supporting characters. Finally, PIL-VAMP aim to release Mashou Megane during summer 2016.
★  7’scarlet ★
~ Gallery: 1 CG added.
★  Bara ni Kakusareshi Verite ★
~ Sound: New BGM sample of the track “Hana no You ni”.
★  Café 0 ~The Sleeping Beast~ ★
~ Special: Screenshots, banners and PV movie added.
~ System: Page updated with more information.
~ Staff: Page updated with additional information.
★  Collar x Malice ★
~ Characters: Sub character profiles added.
★  Haitaka no Psychedelica ★
~ Characters: Elric, Lawrence and Hugh’s profiles added.
~ Special: 4 Twitter icons and a character PV.
★  NORN9 ~Norn + Nonette~ Act Tune ★
~ Special: Twitter icons added.
★  Suuran Digit ★
~ Characters: Muraki Yatsugu’s profile added.
★ [TBA] Caramel Mokaccino ★
~ Draft of the OP song called “Choco Chip” uploaded by TyberAlyx.