The Sunday Otome Gaming Mail: Issue #16

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Good evening!

It’s been an interesting week in otome gaming for English fans, as the E2 Gaming fiasco cooled down and Primula proved the new company’s legitimacy. For the Japanese side, Kalmia8’s latest staff blog post very briefly confirms that a third title is likely in the works, with other games releasing some major fan merchandise like soundtracks and fanbooks.

Hope to see you again next week!

 

 

+ Reporting period: 30/5/2016~05/6/2016 +

 

Countdowns:

 

New release announcements:

 

Release date announcements and delays:

 

On 01/6/2016, Primula had officially confirmed through Taishou x Alice‘s official Twitter account and through the official blog that the Taishou x Alice localisation is indeed underway, and will be handled by E2 Gaming. Though I have mentioned my intent of making a post about the E2 Gaming Taishou x Alice localisation “debacle”, I’ve decided to link you all to Elly’s article, Taishou x Alice to Be Localized instead. Elly has covered all aspects of the E2 Gaming fiasco that I wanted to write about, and I felt that it would be redundant of me to make a post about it at this stage (I can’t say with 100% certainty that I’d “never” write about E2 Gaming in the future). If you’re not sure about what happened, I strongly recommend you to read Elly’s article on the matter.

To greatly simplify things for those who are unaware of the controversy surrounding E2 Gaming’s localisation of Taishou x Alice, E2 Gaming recently came under fire by some otome fans for using Otome Jikan’s fan-translated Taishou x Alice content for their official localisation website without asking for Otome Jikan’s or the fan translation author Jess’ permission. As of writing, an official apology to both Otome Jikan and Jess have yet to be delivered.

 

Otome gaming blogger HijackedCat (author of Another Gaming Day) created “That Game Club“; a gaming circle in which members agree upon a game to play by a certain date and discuss their thoughts and impressions of it. At present, its core members are HijackedCat, Anny (of The Anny Blog), Casandra (of Queen of Backlogs) and Pokeninja (of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero). The group primarily focuses on visual novels/otome games, as the two genres closely align with the members’ interests. The club is also accepting additional members, with the details of applying viewable on their blog. You can also follow their activities on their Twitter account and their Facebook page.

 

Period Cube ~Torikago no Amadeus~ started a character popularity poll on 31/5/2016. Fans of the game have until 30/6/2016 to place their votes.

 

The Period Cube ~Torikago no Amadeus~ original soundtrack was released earlier this week (01/6/2016). The soundtrack is published by Team Entertainment, who also publish many of Otomate game drama CDs. A single featuring the full versions of the game’s OP and ED (taken from the soundtrack) can be purchased from iTunes Japan.

 

A fanbook of the Hakuouki Shinkai series is in the works, set to hit stores on 16/7/2016. Entitled Hakuouki Shinkai ~Fuuka Taizen~, it will come with an exclusive drama CD and poster, feature exclusive artwork of both games (part 1 Kaze no Shou and part 2 Hana no Shou), short stories featured in Dengeki Girl’sStyle magazine as well as interviews with some members of the game’s development team. It will be published by Kadokawa.

 

Otomate will also be releasing another fanbook shortly, which will be of Reine des Fleurs. Boasting enlarged versions of the game’s CG artwork and a selection of its most memorable quotes, it will be available to purchase from 30/6/2016 onwards and published by Hifumi Bookstore.

 

Norn9 ~Norn + Nonette~‘s Yuiga Kakeru will be getting a figurine of his anime likeness made by Di molto bene as part of their “Bellissimo” series. The figurine will be 22cm tall and is scheduled to be released late August for 14,904 yen. Those who order the first edition of the Kakeru figurine will receive a bonus Hiyoko-san keyholder. However, potential buyers will have to be fast, as it’s a preorders only on a first-come, first-served basis, starting from 03/6/2016.

 

Kalmia8’s latest staff blog post revealed that they are getting started on a new title. As this was a very cursory mention, no details have been revealed at this stage. It is implied that it’ll be a (short) while before fans hear anything about what will be their third game.

 

First-time otome game developers Extend will be running another Animate Ikebukuro campaign for their maiden title, Oumagatoki ~Kakuriyo no Enishi~. Taking place on 12/6/2016 from 11am~4pm at Animate’s main store in Ikebukuro, Extend will be handing out free 12-page, fully-coloured “Preview Book” of Oumgatoki. The Preview Book will contain things like character profiles and exclusive voice cast interviews. However, interested fans must act quickly, as the limited amount of copies will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Precatio- newcomers to OELVN otome game development- is currently running a Twitter campaign for their first game, Kokorogawari. Precatio will reveal Kokorogawari’s official cover after 150 Retweets of this campaign Tweet.

 

 

 

+ Upcoming Otome Game Site Updates +

 

[February 2016 01/6 08/6] Love in the Glen

~ Release date delayed.

[10/6] RockRobin [Full version]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[16/6] Hakuouki Shinkai: Hana no Shou [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[23/6] Koezaru wa Akai Hana ~Koi wa Tsuki ni Michibikareru~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[30/6] Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen ~Eden with roses and phantasm~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[21/7] 7’scarlet

~ Product Information: Cover art illustrations and store bonus/preorder bonus sample illustrations.

[28/7] Collar x Malice

~ Character: Sample voices added.
~ Special: Promotional movie uploaded.

[29/7] Dynamic Chord feat. KYOHSO [Append Disc]

~ Spec: Sample illustrations of store-specific limited edition bonus items.

[29/7] [R18+] Mashou Megane

~ Character: Protagonist’s, Ojii-san’s (Old Man) and Obaa-san’s (Old Lady) sample voices added.
~ Staff blog: Discussion about the latest sample voies and COOL-B #68’s coverage of the game.

[29/7] Tsumikui ~Sen no Noroi, Sen no Inori~

~ NO UPDATES ~

[July 2016] [R18+] Hikari no Hime Mahou Kitan

~ NO UPDATES ~

[04/8] 12-sai. ~Koi suru Diary~

~ NO UPDATES ~

[04/8] Bara ni Kakusareshi Verite

~ System: Information about “Quests” and “Quest Chart” added. “Quests” are essentially tasks various characters of the game will request you to undertake during the map movement segment of the game. The “Quest Chart” enables players to see which Quests they are currently on and have cleared or failed.

[25/8] Meiji Tokyo Renka: Full Moon [PSV port]

~ Product Information: Store bonus information added.

[25/8] Moujuu-tachi to Ohime-sama [Sequel]

~ Product Information: Store bonus information added.

[25/8] Oumagatoki ~Kakuriyo no Enishi~

~ Preview book campaign to take place on 12/6/2016. Please see the related entry in the above section for more details.
~ Special: OP movie uploaded.

[27/524/6 → 26/8] Blackish House Side A→

~ NO UPDATES ~

[Summer 2016] [R18+] Chou no Doku Hana no Kusari + Gensou Yawa Repackage Edition

~ NO UPDATES ~

[Summer 2016] Code: Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~ [Fandisc]

~ Gallery: Uploaded 2 new CGs and added scenario snippets of Lupin, Van, Fran, Impey and San’s CGs.

[Summer 2016] Crank In

~ NO UPDATES ~

[08/9] Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizou-ban [PSV port]

~ Product Information: Added information about the Platinum Box edition of the game and information about GAMECITY and Animate’s store bonuses.

[08/9] Yuukyuu no Tierblade -Lost Chronicle-

~ Special: OP movie uploaded.
~ Sound: Information about the OP, ED and insert song added. The OP and ED will be performed by KOKIA, with the insert song being sung by SHOJI (Oomatsuzawa Shooji) of Parade Parade.
~ Gallery: 4 CGs added.

[21/9] Magic-Kyun! Renaissance

~ The official website’s blog (entitled “Committee Diary“) section opened. Their first post features extended character profiles and two screenshots of the game in action.

[18/8 → 06/10] PsychicEmotion6

~ Character: First sample voices added for all six main guys.
~ Product Information: Details about the store bonuses added. Also, the scenario of the limited edition and pre-order bonus drama CDs has been added.

[Spring 2016 → 25/11] Bara no Sensou -Sonnet of Seeds-

~ Staff blog (01/6/2016): This entry discusses and summarises how the War of the Roses began; how the tensions rose between the Lancaster and York houses and why.
~ Staff blog (03/6/2016): The latest blog entry focuses on the side character Henry VI, who is crown prince Edward’s (a romanceable character) father and Queen Magaret of Anjou’s husband. It touches on his family history, mental illness and involvement in the War of the Roses (all of which is non-fictional).

[Autumn 2016] Ikemen Sengoku: Toki wo Kakeru Koi ~Arata naru Deai~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[December 2016] Caramel Mokaccino

~ With 14 days left to go, their Kickstarter has raised Canadian $22,918 (approximately US$17,713) by 547 backers. Three of their six stretch goals have been successfully funded.

[2014 2015 → Winter 2016~2017] Gunjou no Yuki

~ NO UPDATES ~

[Winter 2016~2017] Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6: Ato-hen [Sequel/Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[25/8/201512/11/2015 → Winter 2016~2017] Starry☆Sky ~Spring Stories~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Black Wolves Saga -Weiβ und Schwarz- [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Café 0 ~The Sleeping Beast~ [Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] [R18+] Enkan no Memoria

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Haitaka no Psychedelica [Sequel]

~ Gallery: Pages 2~4 of “A Certain Picture Book” added.

[2016] Hana Oboro ~Sengoku-den Ranki~

~ Character: Chibi sprites of the characters in armour have been uploaded.
~ Special: Twitter icons uploaded.

[2016] NORN9 ~Norn + Nonette~ Act Tune [Sequel/Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Steam Prison

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Suuran Digit

~ Character: Samply voices added for Ichizono and Nitou.

[2016] Torikago no Marriage ~Hatsukoi no Tsubasa~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Yunohana SpRING! Cherishing Time [Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Akatsuki no Betelgeuse

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Anata no Torikago

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Anata wa Jinrou desu ka?

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Diabolik Lovers: LOST EDEN [Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Dynamic Chord feat. apple-polisher

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Fortissimo

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Furue, Yurayura to: Kagen no Shou

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Furue, Yurayura to: Jougen no Shou

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Ken ga Kimi: Momoya Tsuzuri [Sequel/Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Kokorogawari

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am one of the developers of Kokorogawari.
~ Precatio is currently running a Twitter campaign with plans to reveal the game’s official covert artwork once Retweet targets are met. Please see the related entry in the above section for more details.

[TBA] Osomatsu-san ~The Game~ [Tentative title]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Sangoku Rensenki: Sakikage

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Taishou x Alice [English localisation]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Repeat [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Wand of Fortune R2 ~Jikuu ni Shizumu Mokushiroku~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Yuukoku no Perseus

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Yuukyou no Aster

~ NO UPDATES ~

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18 thoughts on “The Sunday Otome Gaming Mail: Issue #16

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning our Game Group in your post!!

  2. Thanks so much for being nice to get interested in our club and kind to mention it! (≧∇≦)/
    I’m curious what you’ll say about E2Gaming yourself, though I do think Elly’s post was very succinct (-^〇^-)
    Looking forward to the next one Mail/Issue ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

    • No problem! I hope your club grows. =)

      Hmm… Let’s go with the fact that saying that I “dislike” E2 Gaming is an understatement! 😂 I have no intention to support those unapologetic, irresponsible, unprofessional, plagiarising, censoring and disrespectful worms in any shape or form.

      • Ty ( ˘ ³˘)❤
        Damn, but it’s true they did all that :/
        I actually don’t wish them bad, I do wish they actually apologise and fix the messes they did. But I don’t have faith, and if they don’t, I’m not supporting them either. We need good companies, not skeevy ones 😤

        • Oh, I don’t wish them anything nasty; I just won’t support them whatsoever. Yeah! I just wish Taishou x Alice got picked up with a company with this thing called “ethics”.

          • I wish it’d been MangaGamer or Sekai Project, or heck even Aksys, to pick it up ;_;
            /prays Xseed would enter the otome game market and start bringing them over too
            I hope this isn’t the norm that’ll happen to otome games ://

            • Yeah, I’d be OK with them. E2 Gaming is a first. There was the dodgy Alice in the Country of Hearts mobile translation, but at least they didn’t steal from the more talented. I think… I hope…

              • Alice in the Heart was google translated by QuinRose and put on android by them, so no stealing, just a lot of cutting corners and trying to take advantage of fans 😅😅
                We otome fans need to build our own otome localisation company, it seems, if the genre is to flourish in this side of the ocean ._.

  3. Anny

    I know I already thanked you a bunch of times for the mention, but I’d like to do it again, because I really do appreciate it! Thank you so much!

    I’m looking forward to see the cover art of Kokorogawari. Not to mention preordering the game. I’ve really been looking forward to it.

    • You’re welcome! Thank you for your support, as well. =) I hope you’ll enjoy the game when it comes out!

      • Anny

        I really hope so too. I will review it on my blog as well when I get around to play it.

        • Wow, thank you! Please be honest when the time comes, as well. I have to take what I dish out! 😂

          • Anny

            I will! I always am honest, so I do hope it’s good. But as I generally do in posts I’ll explain why I think as I do, so I’m not going to just hate or love it without reason.

  4. Thanks for the mention, love! ❤ I really dig these, so keep up the great work! 😀

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